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About the Department

Our Work

The mission of the epidemiology and biostatistics department is to provide the scientific framework for understanding health and disease.

Epidemiology advances the knowledge of disease causation and natural history using rigorous and systematic study design and methods, illuminating the impact of biomedical, environmental, behavioral and social forces on the health of populations.

Biostatistics ensures excellence in the application of statistical principles to public health research and in the training of health professionals.

The biostatistics area of study has led to collaborations with investigators in nearly every aspect related to health.

Biostatistics has also made major contributions to our understanding of diseases such as AIDS, cancer, and coronary heart disease.


Faculty in the department engage in vibrant research projects in the college and research centers across the university. Examples of research interests for department members include aging, biomarkers, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, genetic variations, environmental epidemiology, infectious diseases, respiratory science as well as health services and outcomes research. Students have excellent opportunities to participate in research projects during their training at the University of Arizona. You can view our current grants here.

Community Outreach

Faculty and students have provided public health services to the community via health education lectures, public health fairs and the SAFER program. Outreach and service not only aids the community, but both students and faculty gain increased awareness of issues of concern to the public and how they best can apply their knowledge to address these challenges.


Chair: Elizabeth Jacobs Ph.D.

The Epidemiology section offers three graduate degree programs.

The Master of Public Health in Epidemiology provides students with systematic training in epidemiological principles, methods, and practices through constructive coursework and an internship.

The Master of Science in Epidemiology is designed for individuals who wish to pursue training in epidemiological research. It is anticipated that graduates will occupy positions as research administrators, program managers, analysts, and evaluators in universities, health departments, governmental agencies, and similar organizations.

The section offers both the Doctorate (PhD) in Epidemiology, and a PhD Minor in Epidemiology. The PhD in Epidemiology trains individuals for careers in research and teaching in academic settings, research institutes, government agencies and industry.


Chair: Denise Roe, Dr.PH

The Biostatistics section offers two graduate degree programs.

The Master of Public Health program in Biostatistics prepares individuals to work effectively as biostatisticians in a variety of public health, epidemiological and clinical research settings.

The section offers both the Doctorate (PhD) in Biostatistics, and a PhD Minor in Biostatistics. The doctoral degree program in Biostatistics has an emphasis on the foundations of statistical reasoning and requires its graduates to complete rigorous training in applied probability and statistical analyses.

The objective of the MS in Biostatistics is to prepare individuals to work effectively as applied biostatisticians in a variety of public health, epidemiological and clinical research settings. The difference between the MS in Biostatistics and the MPH concentration in Biostatistics is that the MS provides training in probability and statistical theory with a research focus, while the MPH provides a broader background in public health.

Graduate Certificate

The Arizona Clinical & Translational Research (ACTR) graduate certificate program at The University of Arizona, prepares interprofessional scientists for the complexities of clinical & translational research through high-quality didactic instruction, and mentored collaborative research experiences. This innovative training program integrates the knowledge and expertise of faculty and staff within the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, Arizona Health Sciences Center, and other University of Arizona departments.

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