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Meet Our Chair

Yvonne Michael

Yvonne L. Michael, ScD
Interim Chair and Professor of Epidemiology
Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Faculty Profile

Welcome to the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics! We are influencing health and wellbeing here in Philadelphia and throughout the world. Through our commitment to learning, rigorous research, and community engagement, we don't just describe problems; we actively work towards solutions.

Diversity is our strength. We are leaders in the reimagination of our fields through sustained commitment to anti-racism evidence and addressing structural racism. We transform knowledge into tangible actions, breaking down health inequities and fostering partnerships that resonate with our core values.

We are committed to excellence in training the next generation of public health professionals and researchers.

Our flexible educational programs include an MPH in Epidemiology, MS in Biostatistics, MS in Epidemiology, PhD in Epidemiology, and PhD in Biostatistics, and a Certificate in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. We also have a BS in Health Data Analytics.

All students enrolled in our degree programs receive hands-on mentored research experience with our award winning departmental faculty. Biostatistics faculty are leaders in Bayesian modeling; spatial and spatiotemporal analysis; latent variable models; and the conduct and analysis of clinical trials. Epidemiology faculty conduct multi-level and interdisciplinary research focused on chronic conditions, including neurodegenerative diseases and cardiovascular health; infectious diseases, such as Covid-19 and HIV/AIDS; health behaviors, including diet and physical activity; maternal and child health; and health of gender and sexual minorities.

I invite you to look around our website to see all the great things we are doing. Please let us know if we can provide you with any other information. Join us in this dynamic journey of creating knowledge to impact, where health is a human right, and communities thrive.


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