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Drexel University: Dornsife School of Public Health

We are a joint department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, which provides us with a different perspective from many other Departments. Our students get a thorough curriculum that includes both theory and methods, and the degrees culminate in a data analysis project during which students work with a faculty member and an external mentor. We prepare our students for a variety of experiences after graduation, including seeking a doctoral degree or a career in industry, academics, government, or non-profits.

The mission of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics is to apply, develop, and teach approaches to understand the distribution and determinants of disease in populations in order to generate knowledge that can be used to improve public health.

The epidemiology program focuses on descriptive and analytic approaches used to understand the complex causes of major public health problems and to develop effective strategies to prevent them.

The biostatistics program focuses 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.

In addition to teaching and research activities specifically in epidemiology and biostatistics, the Department supports second-year MPH majors in Epidemiology, as well as students in the MS in Biostatistics, the MS in Epidemiology, and PhD programs in both Epidemiology and Biostatistics programs. We seek to train practitioners, researchers, and public health workers so that they can make meaningful contributions in these fields.

The Department is committed to collaborative inquiry with colleagues in related disciplines and to fostering the thoughtful implementation of epidemiology and biostatistics methods in public health practice. Research areas include aging; autism spectrum disorders; biostatistical methods; cancer; cardiovascular disease; data analysis; diet and heart disease; environmental / built environment; environmental risk factors for diseases; neurodevelopmental disorders; infectious disease and prevention; nutrition, physical activity; sampling and survey modeling; social and psychiatric and obesity.


Programs offered

MS in Biostatistics, MS in Epidemiology, PhD in Epidemiology

Student body profile

Our student body is quite diverse, with over half our students female, and 20-30% underrepresented minorities. Over 50% of our students are US citizens or permanent residents, and we attract students from several different backgrounds (such as math, engineering, computer science, and biology).

Funding opportunities

We typically don’t fund incoming Master’s students, although many of our students are funded in their second years to work either in our consulting center or on external projects.

More information

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Contact for more information:

Loni Tabb