Departments & Centers

Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Research, Instructional, and Service Projects

In addition to offering a variety of courses and degree programs, the department is continuously involved in a number of innovative research, instructional, and service projects such as the following:

Public Health Integrated Data Intelligence Lab (PHIDI Lab)  The PHIDI lab aims to conduct cutting edge research and prepare students in the use of data-mining techniques. Data mining is focused on extracting, and later analyzing hidden patterns from data using various algorithms and mathematical, statistical techniques. The overriding goal of data mining is to predict, classify, and hence potentially control, future phenomena based on uncovered patterns in currently available data. Data mining techniques is also applied in various fields including bioinformatics, environmental health, epidemiology, social and psychological sciences, Web data, inter alia. The Lab run on a virtual application server, virtual data server; have four workstations, and utilizes software such as SAS-EM.

Sexually Transmitted Infections Research Program The program advances our knowledge of the behavioral epidemiology of STI in adolescent and other at risk populations.  Diverse research projects within the program include clinic-based studies as well as community relevant projects. Laboratory expertise in molecular epidemiology & STI diagnostics allows state-of-the-art case ascertainment and cutting edge tolls for epidemiologic research.  The research team is transdisciplinary with members from Behavioral Sciences, Bioinformatics, Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Infectious Diseases, Biochemistry, Medicine and Microbiology.  The program offers collaboration opportunities for training, professional and community development.  Research is currently being conducted in Bloomington, Indianapolis and Kenya.

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