Biostatics & Epidemiology


Epidemiology and biostatistics are integrated into all aspects of public health research and practice, from methods development to developing research-to-action programs that address the pressing public health questions of our time. They play a vital role in advancing scientific knowledge and methods, especially for identifying causes of diseases and effective public health interventions.

The Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at Rutgers School of Public Health strives for excellence in research, education, and service. The department includes faculty, field epidemiologists, research staff, and a research support center (RUBIES).

Biostatistics and epidemiology are collaborative fields by nature, and our faculty engage in research throughout Rutgers University. Our epidemiology faculty have major research programs in areas such as cancer, health disparities, cardiovascular disease, genetics, environmental and occupational health, perinatal health, social epidemiology, and violence prevention. Biostatistics faculty collaborate on studies and develop new statistical and computational methods, including in areas such as big data, clinical trials, causal inference, survival analysis, personalized medicine, and digital health.

Many of these research programs are built in close partnership with communities in New Jersey, the US and around the world. Some current projects include work to: improve diabetes control among Latinos (New Brunswick, NJ); reduce violence through transforming vacant lots into green space (Newark NJ); understand and reduce disparities in breast cancer mortality (New Jersey); reduce low birth weight in African-American women (Newark, NJ); reduce occupational injury and death (Newark and New Brunswick, NJ), and HIV/AIDS in vulnerable in Mozambique.

The faculty are actively engaged in teaching and mentorship, providing students with the education and experience needed for successful careers in public health. We offer MPH degrees in Epidemiology, and Quantitative Health Care Assessment. MPH degrees have a fieldwork requirement that provides students with real experience in public health practice. The department offers MS degrees in Biostatistics and in Health Outcomes, Policy & Economics (MS-HOPE). The PhD programs in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, prepare students for advanced work and leadership in these fields.