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Epidemiology and Biostatistics Department

The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health applies, develops, and teaches the skills needed to understand the determinants of disease and improve health.

We teach students the descriptive and analytic approaches (epidemiology) needed to investigate the complex causes of major public health problems and to develop effective strategies to prevent them.

The biostatistics program centers on the development and application of theory and methods in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data used in public health and other biomedical sciences.

Drexel Dornsife’s Epidemiology and Biostatistics Mission and Vision

The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics uses our expertise to investigate, analyze, and report on important health issues, often designing solutions to tough challenges. We collaborate with experts across disciplines to implement new public health interventions and inform new policies that have proven to be effective through our research.

We train the next generation of epidemiologists and biostatisticians through our master’s and doctoral degree programs by bringing the knowledge we gain in the field back into the classroom.

Our department enthusiastically supports the Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health's Action Plan to Enhance Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Anti-Racism.

Student Opportunities in Biostatistics and Epidemiology at Drexel Dornsife

Throughout the department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, students are presented with unique opportunities:

  • Our students are trained to become expert researchers and public health workers capable of investigating complex urban and community health challenges. Through practicum experiences students learn to apply descriptive and analytic methods and theory to real-world problems.
  • The department’s Biostatistics faculty and Epidemiology faculty conduct pioneering research and integrate students into their research in areas including:
  • Aging
  • Autism
  • Biostatistical methods
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Environmental risk factors
  • Infectious disease and prevention
  • Social and neighborhood determinants of health
  • Urban health
  • Our public health graduates enjoy rewarding careers in national and local disease-prevention organizations, community-based organizations, industry, academia, government, and global public health.

"Dornsife was the Goldilocks school for me: An 18-month program, a 2-hour train ride from my family in northern VA, a small class size, renowned faculty whose research interests aligned with my own, and located in an exciting city."

-- Karlin Moore, MS in Biostatistics student and Dornsife ambassador

What is the Difference Between Epidemiology and Biostatistics?

Epidemiology and biostatistics are two of the core public health disciplines. The demand for biostatisticians and epidemiologists in the job market has been consistently strong. Students choosing epidemiology or biostatistics should consider that:

Epidemiology focuses on investigating the complex causes of major public health problems and developing effective strategies to prevent them. Epidemiologists support the prevention of diseases in large populations, focusing on autism, HIV/AIDS infection and prevention, cancer prevention, issues in urban health, and much more.

Biostatistics focuses on the mathematical and statistical analysis regarding public health issues. Biostatisticians play essential roles in designing studies and analyzing research data. Biostatistics is an integral tool in improving population health and reducing illness. Dornsife provides expertise to outside partners through our Biostatistics Scientific Collaboration Center.

To learn more about our public health epidemiology and biostatistics degrees, request more information to speak with a member of our admissions team today or visit the links below for a full list of available opportunities.

A Word From Our Department Chair

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Yvonne L. Michael, ScD
Department Chair (Interim) and Professor of Epidemiology

"Through our commitment to learning, rigorous research, and community engagement, we don't just describe problems; we actively work towards solutions."

Read Yvonne Michael's Welcome Letter and Faculty Bio.

Epidemiology and Biostatistics Degrees, Certificates and Courses

Undergraduate Programs in Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Master's and Doctoral Programs in Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Epidemiology and Biostatistics Graduate Courses

View all Epidemiology graduate courses and Biostatistics graduate courses in the Drexel Catalog.

Graduate Certificates in Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Featured Research News in Epidemiology and Biostatistics

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Dornsife Faculty Recognized for Significant Contributions to the Field of Epidemiology

At the 2023 Society for Epidemiologic Research annual meeting, Sharrelle Barber, ScD, MPH, and Usama Bilal, MD, PhD, MPH, were recognized for their significant contributions to the field of epidemiology.

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New Funding to Research Links Between Neurodevelopmental Disorders and Risk of Neurodegenerative Disorders Later in Life

Brian Lee, PhD, received a 5-year National Institutes of Health (NIH) R01 grant of $4M to study possible links between neurodevelopmental disorders and the risk of developing neurodegenerative disorders later in life.

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MS Student Receives Funding to Pursue Her Research Goals

An incoming student wins an award that will help her achieve her research goals in the MS program.

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