Epidemiology & Biostatistics

The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics prepares students who wish to investigate the causes and risk factors of diseases and injuries in populations.  Epidemiologists conduct both experimental and observational studies within the community, including studying the characteristics of individuals and their physical and social environments.  Their findings provide public health practitioners and policy makers with guidance to promote health and prevent and control diseases and injuries.

The department offers full and part-time MS, MPH, DrPH and PhD degree programs in the areas of epidemiology and/or biostatistics. The graduate programs in epidemiology are designed to develop skills and capability in the practice and teaching of this discipline. Epidemiology students learn from and participate with faculty members, most of whom are employees of the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) with University at Albany appointments, who are actively engaged in the practicing epidemiology and addressing the public health problems and priorities of New York State.

Additionally, we have a new and exciting area of bioinformatics for student course electives.  Bioinformatics is where biology, computer science, and information technology merge into a single discipline.


Degrees Offered



The major goals of the epidemiology and biostatistics curricula are to provide understanding of the theory, methods and knowledge of epidemiology and biostatistics for students who plan to be employed in multiple settings including universities, government agencies, health care facilities and private industry.

Current statistical research areas of the department include:

  • Time series,
  • Categorical data analysis,
  • Bayes methods,
  • Propensity scoring,
  • Survival analysis,
  • Stochastic processes,
  • Sample surveys,
  • Missing data techniques,
  • Mixture models, and
  • Measurement errors.

Is Biostatistics for You?

The biostatistics degree programs are intended for students who wish to develop statistical theory and skills to solve a wide range of public health and clinical problems. Whether focused on the analysis and communication of public health data in governmental agencies, or involvement in public health or clinical research, biostatisticians are an important part of an important multi-disciplinary, scientific teams.

The graduate programs in biostatistics are designed to develop the theoretical foundation for applied statistical methods, and the application of these methods in the health sector. Our school's unique relationship with NYSDOH provides ample opportunities for learning from real-world collaborative research.

Students in both degree programs have worked with an array of programs at the NYSDOH, including nutrition, vector-borne diseases, HIV, sexually transmitted diseases, hospital admissions, vital records, toxicology, outbreak investigations, chronic diseases and environmental and occupational epidemiology.

Learn More and Apply Now!

Learn what the application requirements for epidemiology and biostatistics are, and apply now!  Financial aid may be available through assistantships, field placements and internships.