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Moving Research Forward

Epidemiology and biostatistical research at University of Arizona A big part of what makes the University of Arizona epidemiology and biostatistics research experience unique is the mission of the College of Public Health. The Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health is dedicated to promoting the health of communities with an special emphasis on achieving health equity.

Our location near the U.S.-Mexico border provides truly unique opportunities for research on health disparities right in our backyard. With both global and local focuses, the faculty in our department conduct research in labs and communities using advanced biomedical techniques and community participatory research approaches to solve important public health problems.

Our faculty are conducting research in areas such as:

  • Cancer prevention
  • Autism 
  • Aging
  • Infectious disease
  • Multi-dimensional analysis
  • Bioinformatics
  • Sleep disorders
  • and more...

Students play an important role in this research

Elizabeth Jacobs, PhD explains, “Students have a critical role in the research being done. It is not only a training experience. Many students are producing top-notch research that is moving the field forward. They bring fresh ideas and a completely new perspective, which is crucial for innovation in any field.”

Our students also have opportunities to contribute to research projects that involve multi-disciplinary collaborations between university departments, the state health department and other institutes across the nation.

The collaborations the College has formed with University Medical Center, Arizona Cancer Center, Arizona Respiratory Center, the Bio5 Institute, Nutritional Sciences and numerous local and state agencies provide our students with a truly broad range of research opportunities.


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