From Our Chair
Welcome to the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics at the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University! The faculty, staff and students in the Department bring diverse backgrounds and interests together to use our knowledge to help to improve the health of the public. We invite you to explore our website to learn about the disciplines of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and to learn more about our Department.
Epidemiology and Biostatistics are distinct disciplines, but are both concerned with understanding problems crucial to improving the health of the public. The epidemiologists in our Department study the distribution, incidence and prevention of diseases in large populations, through specific applications including autism research, HIV infection prevention, cancer prevention, issues in urban health, and much more. Our faculty work in a diverse variety of communities, and integrate our students into their research. The knowledge that we gain through the research is used to supplement our classes, where our faculty are able to highlight how the classroom topics are applied their research to support our understanding of disease treatment and prevention.
Biostatistics is concerned with the methodology necessary to answer important clinical and public health questions. Sometimes appropriate statistical methods exist to address the hypotheses that are being researched in public health, but often, as the complexity of our research designs increase, new methods are required to answer these challenging questions. Biostatisticians guide the development of new methods that have direct applications to public health. The biostatisticians in our Department have expertise in a wide array of statistical methods, such as: Bayesian statistical methods, methods for neuroimaging data, and novel approaches to clinical trials. We collaborate with experts across a variety of disciplines and utilize these collaborations to train our students to be strong biostatisticians and partners in developing studies that give reliable results for use in clinical or public arenas.
Together, the faculty in our Department have the knowledge to design, analyze and report about important public health issues. We have colleagues in our Department and in our School who help implement new public health interventions and inform new policies that have proven to be effective through our research. We have the capacity to train the next generation of Epidemiologists and Biostatisticians through our Master’s and Doctoral degree programs, integrating our students into our research, and bringing the knowledge gained in the field back into the classroom.
It is a very exciting time to be at the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University, and equally exciting to be in the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics! As the School has gone through a period of growth and change in recent years, so too is the Department. Over the next few years, we will be expanding our course offerings, our research portfolio and community partnerships. We invite you to grow with us!
Leslie A. McClure, PhD
Professor and Chair