Departments & Centers
Epidemiology and Biostatistics
The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics is committed to scholarly inquiry that is diverse and rich in practices and that facilitate a healthy lifestyle and the prevention of disease for all human beings. A key feature of research in these fields is their interdisciplinary nature, with an integrated approach that capitalizes upon epidemiological principles related to understanding the complex causes of these issues and the development of effective prevention strategies, and biostatistics expertise in the application of theory and methods in the collection, analysis and interpretation of public health and other biomedical data. Scholars advance research agendas that contribute to the understanding of the etiologies of disease, disease prevention and wellness, and the improvement of rural public health through excellence in research and practice. Research efforts are carried out in collaboration with investigators from other departments, schools and universities in a variety of disciplines. Faculty and graduate student research includes such diverse topics as sexually transmitted diseases, maternal and child health, health disparities, cardiovascular disease and nutrition.