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Meet Our Chair

Leslie McClure

Leslie McClure, PhD
Professor and Chair
Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Faculty Profile

Welcome to the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics (EB) at the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University! Our faculty, staff, and students bring together knowledge and experiences from diverse backgrounds and interests to improve public health. 

Epidemiology and biostatistics are distinct disciplines, 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, focusing on autism, HIV/AIDS infection and prevention, cancer prevention, issues in urban health, and much more. Our faculty work in a variety of communities, integrating our students into their research. Our professors highlight how classroom topics are applied to research to support our understanding of disease treatment and prevention.

Biostatisticians examine and develop methodology necessary to answer important clinical and public health questions. The biostatisticians in EB have expertise in a wide array of statistical methods, including: 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. We also share our expertise through the Biostatistics Scientific Collaboration Center.

Our faculty use their expertise to investigate, analyze, and report on important health issues, often designing solutions to tough challenges. We work with colleagues across Dornsife 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 including our students in our research and bringing the knowledge we gain in the field back into the classroom. We invite you to explore our degree and program pages to learn about our disciplines, and to learn more about our department. You can also meet our PhD in Biostatistics students and PhD in Epidemiology students.

It is a very exciting time to be at the Dornsife School of Public Health and to pursue a degree in epidemiology and biostatistics. As the School has gone through a period of growth in recent years, so too has our department. We are expanding our course offerings, our research portfolio, and community partnerships. We invite you to grow with us.


Leslie McClure, PhD
Professor and Chair, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs