Descriptions of the Fields of Study


We offer MSc and PhD degrees in the two fields Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

Epidemiology is the study of the determinants and distribution of diseases and application of this knowledge to control health problems. The objectives of epidemiology are to: 1. determine extent of disease in a community; 2. identify patterns and trends in disease occurrence; 3.identify causes of disease (etiology); 4.determine the natural history and prognosis of disease; 5.evaluate interventions that prevent and treat disease; 6.evaluate methods of delivering health services; and 7.provide a foundation for public policy and regulatory decisions.
Applicants to this field come from a wide variety of backgrounds including (but not restricted to) biological, social and health sciences, and health care disciplines. An aptitude for quantitative statistical methods is integral to success in this field.

Biostatistics is an area of research in which new statistical methods for collecting, analyzing and interpreting data arising from medical and epidemiological research are developed and evaluated. Applicants to this field should have a mathematical statistics background and hold a degree from a department of statistics, mathematics or applied mathematics.



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