Program Description for Epidemiology and Biostatistics              

Besides the more traditional program pathways in epidemiology there are additional paths described below that the student might elect.


Molecular Epidemiology in Children’s Environmental Health

This training program is an interdepartmental and interdisciplinary program. Participating faculty are from three interacting departments including Environmental Health, Pediatrics, and Molecular Genetics. The program’s focus is to identify outstanding predoctoral, and post doctoral MDs and PhDs and equip each with the knowledge base to undertake epidemiological and clinical studies using molecular markers of exposures, effect and susceptibility. The impact of environmental exposures and molecular and genetic interaction on children’s health is the focus of research. The program provides training at three levels: the predoctoral student achieving a PhD degree, the post doctoral trainee with a PhD and the MD fellow seeking an MS degree in epidemiology. Required courses will include molecular genetics, statistical genetics, pediatric environmental health, molecular epidemiology and wet and dry lab rotations.


The Master’s of Science in Clinical Research

The objective of the MS program in clinical research is to train patient-oriented researchers (physicians, nurses and other clinical practitioners) in the methods of clinical epidemiology, molecular epidemiology, genetic epidemiology, applied biostatistics and bioinformatics. The program combines didactic course work, seminars and individual mentoring to enable clinicians to develop the analytic and quantitative skills necessary to conduct research within their own particular specialty. The ultimate goal is to move practitioners from the realm of personal clinical experience to creating and using objective evidence.

The MS program in clinical research resides in the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Department of Environmental Health. Faculty members come from the departments of Environmental Health, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Psychiatry and the Institute for Health Policy and Health Services Research. All teaching faculty in the program are actively engaged in clinical studies. Successful graduates of the program will leave with the epidemiological and statistical knowledge to conduct independent and collaborative clinical studies in their special areas of practice and interest.
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Biostatistics Pathway

The training program in Biostatistics is designed to provide students with an understanding of the mathematical underpinnings of statistical theory and the practical applications of statistical techniques. Students are encouraged to apply their classroom learning to data collected by the faculty, including those data collected for their grants or contracts. Both the M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs require that students propose and engage in applied or theoretical biostatistical research that is original and tests hypotheses about the effectiveness, unbiasedness or usefulness of biostatistical methodologies. Students also are encouraged to take courses outside the realm of mathematics and statistics in order to learn about the fields of Bioinformatics, Environmental Health, Epidemiology and related medical specialty areas.

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