What we do: The DBEI distinctively brings together expertise in biostatistics, epidemiology and informatics, to advance population-health science.
To understand health and disease today, we need new thinking and novel science —the kind we create when scientific disciplines work together. That is why this department has put forward a bold vision in population-health science: a single academic home for biostatistics, epidemiology and informatics.
The faculty members of our Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics Divisions discover, implement and disseminate novel methods in those three disciplines; the Epidemiology Division also embraces a broad array of clinical specialties. We are one of the nation’s only school-of-medicine departments that span such breadth. And we are the largest basic-science department within the highly rated Perelman School of Medicine (PSOM).
The addition of informatics—which became part of our name in early 2017—speaks to our current moment. Managing disease is now the concern of a global community. New tools uncover detailed knowledge about the complete set of genomic and cellular processes, while electronic health records offer us ever richer, more complex and more accessible data. The ways we can analyze this new information have grown explosively.
Our faculty members teach cutting-edge biostatistics, epidemiology and informatics courses as part of various PSOM offerings. Some teach in the leading Masters of Science in Clinical Epidemiology program offered by the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics. They also engage in collaborative research with investigators from other basic-science and clinical departments all across the PSOM—a relationship that, in turn, affords us various perspectives as we study population health.