The Epidemiology and Biostatistics concentration prepares students for public health careers in which the collecting, analyzing, and interpreting of data are critical components.  Although emphasis is placed on the application of epidemiologic and biostatistical methodology to public health policy and practice, students develop a solid foundation in the underlying theory.


Competencies attained in this concentration:

  • Analyze epidemiologic and other public health data using biostatistical methods, including graphical displays, inferential statistics, and regression modelling.
  • Use advanced statistical software   
  • Give advice on the design and analysis of types of analytic epidemiologic studies, such as cohort study, case-control study, and randomized trials.
  • Construct surveys designed to collect many types of common public health data and advise on the best methodology for implementing survey instruments.
  • Provide assistance to lay audiences and professional colleagues in the interpretation of all types of epidemiologic literature, such as journal articles, newspaper and magazine articles, and internet content.
  • Understand the role of epidemiology in specialized applications.

Courses required in addition to the core:

  • PH 206 Intermediate Biostatistics: Regression Methods (or equivalent)
  • PH 222 Survey Research Methods (or equivalent)
  • PH 251: Intermediate Epidemiology (or equivalent)
  • One credit from a concentration-approved list of courses
  • One and one half credits from an MPH program-approved list of courses

Pursuing a global health focus within the concentration

Three semester course schedule

Concentration Leader

Misha Eliasziw, PhD