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Epidemiology and Biostatistics

About the Department

The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics offers a supportive and stimulating work environment to inspire students to become global leaders in public health. Students will become competent users and interpreters of population-based health information by learning to apply fundamental epidemiologic and biostatistical methods to public health practice, policy and research.

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What is Epidemiology?

The goal of Epidemiology is to identify the patterns and determinants of health outcomes and diseases in populations, which may be used to determine appropriate health promotion and preventive responses.

About the Epidemiology FACULTY

What is Biostatistics?

In studies of public health, medical and biological sciences, many problems and questions are addressed by collecting and exploring relevant data. Biostatistics focuses on the development and application of statistical methods to better understand, analyze and interpret public health data.

About the Biostatistics FACULTY

Why did you choose Texas A&M?


Your schedule limitation won’t hold you back with the online epidemiology degree program that gives you the flexibility to learn from anywhere! Both online and in-person graduates have found employment in academia, research organizations and foundations, industry, public and private health services delivery organizations, and international agencies.

Give back and gain skills through EpiAssist

EpiAssist is a student volunteer group that provides students with the opportunity to gain applied public health experience by assisting Texas’ state, regional and local health departments with outbreak investigations, disasters and emergencies, community health assessments and other projects. To date, EpiAssist has provided in excess of 4,000 hours in service to the state of Texas.


Faculty and Research

Our faculty represent a wide array of disciplines, expertise and interests within Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Their backgrounds include tropical diseases, maternal and child health, vaccine development/safety, alcohol and drug prevention policy, emergency management, genomics of cancer, environmental exposure assessment, and survival analysis to name a few.

Notable faculty studies and projects include:

  • COVID-19 epidemiological surveillance
  • Kidney disease epidemic in Central America
  • Air pollution’s impact on Alzheimer’s and dementia-related diseases
  • Role of maternal diabetes and obesity on reproductive outcomes
  • Statistical methods and modeling
  • Adolescent mental health
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