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Frequently Asked Questions

We develop analytic methods (Biostatistics) and apply these methods (Epidemiology) in order to identify factors which influence human health. This leads to opportunities for health promotion and disease prevention. We also study the therapeutic impact of medical treatments and the way in which health care is delivered.

What are the disciplines Epidemiology and Biostatistics?

Epidemiology is the discipline concerned with studying the determinants and distribution of diseases in human populations. Biostatistics is the discipline that develops and discovers new statistical methods for collecting, analyzing and interpreting the data arising from medical and epidemiologic studies.

How do I know if Epidemiology & Biostatistics is the right program for me?

Students who are interested in pursuing a module in Epidemiology and Biostatistics are encouraged to enroll in Epidemiology 2200 B (Introduction to Epidemiology) to find out more about the discipline. Students must take this course in their second year to be eligible to register for our program modules which begin in third year. This course is also great preparation for students with career interests in public health or clinical research. The purpose of the course is to understand why some people get sick and others do not, why rates of disease vary by person,place and time and to learn how to investigate disease causation, prevention and intervention.

Who do I contact to learn more about Epidemiology & Biostatistic Courses

Basic descriptions of our courses are available on our Undergraduate Courses page. Course outlines and class schedules are also available on a term-by-term basis on our Undergraduate Course Schedule page. If more detailed information is necessary, inquiries should be directed to the instructor(s) of the specific course. Instructors are listed on the Couse Schedule page.

Does the Department have any student resources?

There are dedicated computer labs for both graduate and undergraduate students. All students have access to workspaces on campus.