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Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology

Photo of Varghese George, Ph.D.Welcome to the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the Georgia Regents University. As part of the strategic initiative and research mission of GRU, the Biostatistics Department was formed in 2004 as a full-fledged academic department, with strong emphasis in teaching, mentoring, and collaborative and methodological research. The Department is now housed in the Medical College of Georgia, and plays a vital role in the multidisciplinary and translational research mission of GRU, crossing the boundaries of academic colleges. We maintain strong collaborative relationships with the Colleges of Allied Health, Dental Medicine and Nursing, and with the Cancer Center, Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center, Georgia Prevention Center and the Institute of Public and Preventive Health. In 2012, the name of the department was changed to the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, reflecting the vision of the senior leadership to build a strong academic presence of epidemiology at GRU.

Biostatistics is the field of statistics related to biology, medicine and public health. The intent of Biostatistics is to better understand the factors that affect human health through judicious use of statistical methods. Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and patterns of disease and injury in human populations and the application of this study to improve human health.

The overarching mission of our department is to advance knowledge in the fields of biostatistics and epidemiology, and to provide leadership and scholarship in research, teaching and mentoring for the advancement of biomedical science and improvement of human health. The mission is achieved by (1) implementing high caliber teaching programs in biostatistics and epidemiology for graduate students and others, (2) conducting original research to develop and evaluate biostatistical and epidemiologic methodologies, and (3) collaborating with investigators in biomedical and public health research.

The long-term goal for the Department is to become a nationally and internationally recognized department with strengths and competency in graduate training, collaborative research and methodological research. Moving toward this goal, we are recruiting faculty members with strong records of methodological and collaborative research in biostatistics and epidemiology. We offer a masters and a Ph.D. program in Biostatistics with concentrations in Clinical Trials, Epidemiology and Statistical Genetics. We also offer a masters and a certificate program in Clinical and Translational Science, with the purpose of training young clinical investigators in cutting edge research methods. The Department is an important part of the GRU research initiatives, including training and mentoring scientists in clinical and translational research. The Department offers many courses, primarily catering to pre- and post-doctoral trainees and junior faculty investigators in biomedical and clinical research. Plans are underway to start graduate training programs in Epidemiology in the immediate future.

Please explore our site to learn more about what we do. We welcome any constructive comments, suggestions and questions regarding our website and our department.


Varghese George, Ph. D.
Chair & Professor


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