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From Our Chair

seth wellesGreetings-

It is an exciting time for the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. We are in a period of growth in numbers of students, faculty, research initiatives and degree offerings. We have initiated new seminar series and workshops and have relocated to dedicated space within the School of Public Health on Drexel University’s center-city Philadelphia Health Sciences Campus.

It is a dynamic time as well for the disciplines of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. These two quantitative sciences are in increased demand to help reveal complex and inter-related disease determinants and to provide empirical support for the critical policies and practices that help sustain the public’s health. Both disciplines seek to address the conceptual and methodologic challenges faced by today’s health research priority areas—population aging, environmental hazards, poverty and neglect, sedentary lifestyle, and emerging and persistent infectious diseases, to name just a few. Epidemiologists and biostatisticians are also striving to find the most effective and responsible ways to capitalize on the trove of new information emerging from molecular biology and genetics to understand and address population health problems. And, at the same time, the disciplines remain committed to making public health and biomedical research accessible and relevant to the clinician and policy-maker.

As we move forward, the Department will work to fully prepare students for successful careers in public health practice and research as well as to build and support collaborative public health and biomedical science locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Thanks again for your interest.

Seth Welles, PhD, ScD
Interim Chair