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Welcome to the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Michigan State University! Although the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics is part of the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University, our department engages with faculty and students in numerous colleges and departments across the university which included the campus here in East Lansing, as well as those in Grand Rapids, Flint and other Michigan communities. The primary work of our department can be divided into three areas:

1) research and scholarship, 2) education and research training, and 3) outreach activities.


Our faculty strive to produce convincing evidence that will lead to improvements in public health in Michigan, the US, and worldwide. The department has faculty who are addressing a broad array of topical public health problems including maternal and perinatal heath, drug abuse, cancer, cardiovascular disease and stroke, infectious disease, genetics, neurodegenerative diseases, psychiatric conditions, and health services research. This also includes a focus on developing new biostatistical methods to produce this evidence including statistical genetics, statistical computing, high dimensional data, Bayesian statistics, causal inference, and missing data. This work is supported by extramural funding from several national agencies including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Patient-Centered Outcome Research Institute (PCORI)


The department offers masters’ and doctoral-level degrees in both Epidemiology and Biostatistics. The central goal of these programs is to train new researchers who can become independent experts and leaders in the areas of epidemiology, public health, biostatistics, clinical research and health services research. We also take the lead role in educating medical students in the College of Human Medicine on the concepts, principles, and methods of evidence-based medicine and critical appraisal. Finally, our educational mission on campus also includes teaching the fundamentals of epidemiology, biostatistics and public health to undergraduate students, through our undergraduate minor in Global Public Health and Epidemiology.


Our outreach activities are designed to impact public health practice from our local community to international settings. National and state-level work is supported by the national funding agencies mentioned previously the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), as well as by various non-governmental organizations. International outreach is promoted through collaborations with colleagues and organizations throughout the world, but particularly in Africa and Latin America.

Dr. Dawn Misra
Department Chair


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The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
909 Wilson Road | Room B601
East Lansing, MI  48824  | 517.353.8623  | info@epi.msu.edu