Faculty and students in this department are involved in activities relating to the development and understanding of biostatistical models with their associated statistical theory and to the application of these models to the analysis of data collected in many different experimental situations. These experimental situations include statistically designed laboratory experiments, prospective and retrospective epidemiological studies, survey research, behavioral research, and clinical research including, but not limited to, clinical trials, among others.

Faculty and students in this department examine the interaction between our environment and people’s health and wellbeing. Key areas of emphasis include air and water pollution, the interaction of genes and the environment, prevention of disease and injury related to occupational and environmental agents, risk assessment, toxicology, environmental emergencies and disasters, food and product safety, environmental management, environmental risk communication, and global environmental issues.

This department encompasses research and educational foci in epidemiology, the distribution and determinants of disease in humans, with particular emphasis on cancer, occupational and environmental epidemiology, infectious diseases, population genetics, reproductive health and chronic diseases; and in international health, a multidisciplinary approach to tropical infectious diseases, public health nutrition, environmental hygiene, reproductive health and program management in developing countries and underresourced areas of the United States.

This department focuses on health promotion and disease/disability prevention through behavior change at the individual, group, and community levels. Students are trained to develop, implement, and evaluate behavior change programs on a wide variety of health-related issues such as HIV/other sexually transmitted diseases, chronic diseases, smoking cessation, exercise promotion, and dietary change.

Research and instructional foci in this department are health economics, public health administration and planning, health policy, outcomes research, and health services evaluation. Within the MCH Policy and Leadership concentration, a multi-disciplinary approach is used in teaching, research, and community service activities that target the practice-based development of analytical, administrative, advocacy/policy, and leadership skills needed in preparation for present and emerging roles at community, state, and national levels in government, academic, and private sectors.