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Biostatistics and Epidemiology
Biostatistics and epidemiology will be integrated into the new department of Public Health Sciences. The goal of the new department is to promote public health sciences across MUSC through education and research that enhances methodological research, public health and disease prevention. The department faculty will collaborate in relevant research with faculty from basic and clinical sciences departments at MUSC and at other institutions. Faculty research specific to the two areas are summarized below.
Faculty members in the Biostatistics Division have expertise in areas including clinical trials designs, spatial biostatistics, longitudinal models, multivariate, survival analysis, recurrent events, multiple outcomes and Bayesian biostatistical methods. They direct and are involved in various clinical trials and health related studies and develop innovative methods for efficient and informative data analysis via incorporating available scientific knowledge from the biological and clinical area of the application. Our experienced team of biostatistics faculty members collaborate with basic scientists and health services and clinical researchers regarding the design, feasibility and scope of a study, the appropriate tools for data analysis, the correct methods of data collection and archiving, and the reporting and interpretation of the results of a study. Their clinical areas of interest and fields of application is diverse, which include cardiovascular disease, cancer, cardiovascular disease, AIDS, aging and Alzheimer’s disease, oral health, neurology, mental health Parkinson’s disease, lupus, etc.
Faculty members in the Division of Epidemiology have expertise in the epidemiology of aging, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, genetics, infectious disease, injury, neurological disorders, oral health, perinatal conditions, and policy, social behavioral and health service utilization determinants of health status and disease. They apply risk assessment techniques to evaluate the potential adverse human health effects of hazardous environmental exposures, such as those of former workers at the Savannah River Site of the US Department of Energy. Two faculty members are Associate Directors in the MUSC Hollings Cancer Center. They lead research in cancer prevention and control and the elimination of cancer disparities, respectively. In addition to conducting their own investigator-initiated research, Epidemiology faculty members collaborate with and provide expertise in study design to researchers in numerous departments across the MUSC campus.