Welcome to the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics web site!



The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics is dedicated to the expert application and teaching of epidemiological and health services research methods, and to the discovery of new research methods, to improve population health.

Graduate Program

We offer MSc and PhD degrees in the fields of: Biostatistics and Epidemiology. The department also offers a Collaborative Graduate Program in Biostatistics with the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Sciences. Ours is one of the oldest graduate programs in Canada, having graduated our first Master's student in 1947 and our first Doctoral student in 1950.

Undergraduate Program

We are introducing a new undergraduate Honors Specialization module in the Bachelor of Medical Sciences (BMSc) program. This module is currently under review. Pending approval by Western's Senate, we will be admitting our first 3rd year class in September 2014. The brochure for our new undergraduate program can be found here.

Research Environment

Our department boasts a thriving research environment. Our faculty epidemiologists have externally funded (predominantly CIHR or SSHRC) research programs in specific health areasof interests and are expert in the application of a number of health and health research methods. Our faculty biostatisticians have externally funded (NSERC) research programs directed towards the development of new methods applicable to health and health services research.

Also from this web page:

Summer 2014

2014-15 Timetables

2014-15 Sessional Dates

Seminar Series

Carol Buck Lecture

Schulich Graduate Studies Recruitment Video


What's New

September 2014
Dr. Amardeep Thind appointed as Director, Schulich Interfaculty Program in Public Health

August 2014
MSc graduate Joseph Hwang's Master's thesis has received extensive coverage in the media. His work was most recently featured in the Western News. Joseph's thesis is available in the Electronic Thesis and Dissetation Repository.

May 2014
Ayden Scheim, PhD Candidate, named one of 14 national Trudeau Scholars

April 2014
Dr. Kathy Speechley and MSc student Kariym Joachim featured in an article on supervision and mentorship.

Dr. Evelyn Vingilis' research is featured in the Western News.

Congratulations to Dr. Yun-Hee Choi on receiving her NSERC grant titled "Statistical Methodologies for Competing Risks."

March, 2014
Congratulations to all those who participated in this year's London Health Research Day. In a special way, we want to recognize Kariym Joachim who won best poster in Fetal-Maternal, Family, Development and Aging and Cindy Chan who won best poster in Endocrinology & Metabolism, Population Health, and Education.

Congratulations to Samantha Davie and Kariym Joachim who represented the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at this year's 3MT (3 Minute Thesis) competition.

Dr. Greta Bauer's research in the media: CTV, Ottawa Citizen, and Schulich News.

March 21, 2014
We welcome Dr. Vivek Goel, President & CEO of Public Health Ontarion, to present our annual Carol Buck Lecture.

November 2013
Congratulations to Samantha Davie, winner of the 2012 - 2013 Carol Buck Graduate Scholarship in Epidemiology.

November 2013
Congratulations to Dr. Janet Martin, winner of the 2012-2013 Teaching Excellence Award in Epidemiology & Biostatistics.

October 2013
Congratulations to Ayden Scheim, recipient of the Dean's MSc Transfer to PhD Stipend for Graduate Research.

October 2013
Congratulations to Dr. Marnin Heisel and colleagues for being awarded a grant from Movember Canada.

Celebrating 65 years of Educating Graduate Students