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Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Public Health was defined by C-E.A. Winslow as the science and the art of preventing disease, prolonging life, and promoting physical health and efficiency through organized community efforts with the goal of enabling every citizen to realize his/her birthright of health and longevity. 

The disciplines of epidemiology and biostatistics are essential to achieving the goals of public health, and combining these two disciplines in a single department creates synergies for both training and research. Epidemiologists study the distribution and determinants of health and disease in populations.  Biostatisticians develop and apply statistical theory, methods and techniques to public health research data and the planning, implementation and evaluation of public health programs. Given the strong overlap, epidemiologists and biostatisticians often collaborate to work toward the shared goal of generating and analyzing data to advance the public’s health.

Within the department, the degree programs are administered under two separate streams, the Division of Epidemiology and Division of Biostatistics.

Find out more about the department and what we offer in our welcome from the Chair.

Degrees Offered

We offer eight advanced degrees in epidemiology and biostatistics. Each graduate degree has specific application deadlines and requirements.


Epidemiology and Biostatistics News

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Rachel Davis, Mark Sarzynski and James Hardin receive 2022 Faculty Awards

The Arnold School is proud to announce the recipients of the 2022 Faculty Awards: Rachel Davis (James A. Keith Excellence in Teaching Award), Mark Sarzynski (Faculty Research Award), and James Hardin (Faculty Service Award).

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Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics honors 2022 student award winners

The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics is proud to announce the recipients of their 2022 Student Awards. These four students were selected for their outstanding performance both academically and outside the classroom.

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Isabella Alonso and Kyndall Dye-Braumuller selected to receive 2022 Arnold School Student Awards

Congratulations to Isabella Alonso (B.A. in Public Health, MPH in HPEB) on winning the Jeffrey Keith Mattison Outstanding Student Achievement Awardand Kyndall Dye-Braumuller (Ph.D. in Epidemiology) for winning the Doctoral Student Achievement Award. 

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Arnold School honors alumni at 2022 Hooding Ceremony

Kara Whitaker has been awarded the Gerry Sue Arnold Alumni Award, which honors an alumna/us who graduated in the past 10 years. Susan Bolick is the recipient of the Norman J. Arnold Alumni Medal, which is bestowed upon an alumna/us who has graduated more than 10 years ago.

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Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion announces inaugural DEI awardees

These awards are designed to recognize alumni, faculty, staff and students who have made exceptional contributions to advancing DEI through research, practice, community engagement, teaching and/or advocacy.

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Doctoral graduate develops new use for biostatistics methods: assessing human exposure to radiation

A health physicist, Thomas LaBone has spent 40 years assessing occupational exposure to radioactive materials (aka internal dosimetry). With his Ph.D. in Biostatistics, he is on the forefront of researchers applying Bayesian statistics to internal dosimetry - a goal 25 years in the making.

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Graduate School selects three Arnold School doctoral students to receive university-level awards

Maggie Carson (Environmental Health Sciences) won the Dean's Award for Excellence in Leadership, Valeri Yelverton (Health Services Policy and Management) won the Outstanding Research Award, and Rajat Das Guptas (Epidemiology) won the George M. Reeves Fellowship.    

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