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Department of Biostatistics & Epidemiology

Message from the Chair, Aaron M. Wendelboe, PhD


It’s my pleasure to welcome you to the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology.  We have a dedicated and highly collaborative faculty that are experts in addressing some of the most important public health and biomedical issues facing our communities today. Through applied practice and innovative research with our regional, state, tribal and national partners we are making new discoveries that inform and improve public health. I encourage you to look through our Faculty Profiles to gain a sense of the depth and breadth of experience and expertise in our Department.

The Department is committed to having a diverse and inclusive community that provides exceptional training for the next generation of biostatisticians and epidemiologists. Our graduates find rewarding careers in public health practice, clinical research, private industry, government and academia. Explore our degree programs and discover the exciting opportunities that await you.

If you have a question about the Department or our academic programs, please do not hesitate to contact me. I would love to hear from you!

About the Department

The Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, which was founded in 1968, was the first university department to combine these two disciplines into a single administrative unit. Objectives of the Department are (1) to produce professional biostatisticians and epidemiologists and (2) to give each specialist adequate preparation in the other disciplines.


  • applies new or existing statistical techniques to health-related questions
  • develops new statistical techniques appropriate for analysis of health-related data
  • assists health researchers in:
  • making appropriate inferences from their data relative to chance
  • making valid estimates of population parameters
  • designing studies in a valid and feasible manner to maximize information obtained


  • studies the distribution and dynamics of disease and health in populations
  • investigates causative factors and determinants of disease in populations
  • advances the body of knowledge that will make it possible to control and/or prevent disease and to optimize health
The Department’s programs are designed to prepare students for careers in health agencies and medical institutions; for consultation, especially in the biomedical fields; for independent biostatistical and epidemiological research; and for academic careers in schools of public health and medicine.