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Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health


Purvis HallThe Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health offers separate graduate training programs in each of its three broadly defined disciplines. Please refer to the Graduate Studies page for more information on the prerequisites and training requirements for the degrees specific to each discipline.

The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics is a joint department with Occupational Health

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April 30 and May 1, 2015

Faculty Club
3450 McTavish Street
Montreal, Quebec H3A 0E5

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News & Announcements


McGill Summer Institute in Infectious Diseases & Global Health

Please visit: http://mcgill-idgh.ca/ for more information.

Summer Institute Courses Flyer



NEW! Environmental Epidemiology Research Group

Openings for MSc and PhD students.

Please visit our Website for more information.



The Albert Boehringer 1st Chair in Pharmacoepidemiology News

La Presse:  30 October 2014

Trois millions pour la pharmacoépidémiologie!


The Gazette: 13 October 2014

Opinion: Epidemiologists look at the big picture to solve medical mysteries


PhD Oral Defenses

10 April 2015 - 2:45 PM
Purvis Hall, Room 24
Lena Shah
Active case finding for TB cases in high burden, low HIV settings, Lima, Peru.  Brochure: TBA
Supervisors:  Dr. Jay Kaufman and Dr. Timothy Brewer


20 April 2015 - 8:45 AM (note location as videoconference venue required)
Montreal Chest Institute, Department of Respiratory Medicine
3650 St-Urbain Street, Room J2.05, Montreal, QC H2X 2P4
Lisa Ronald
  Population-based studies of health service utilization and treatment outcomes of active and latent tuberculosis patients in Quebec, Canada.  Brochure: TBA
Supervisors:  Dr. Richard Menzies and Dr. Mark Fitgerald


24 April 2015 - 2:15 PM
Purvis Hall, Room 24
Lianne Soller
  The prevalence of food allergy in Canada: A focus on vulnerable populations.  Brochure: TBA.
Supervisors:  Dr. Ann Clarke and Dr. Lawrence Joseph

PhD Protocol Defenses

2 April 2015 - 9:15 AM
Purvis Hall, Room 24
Karine Suissa
Topic:  The effect of glycemic index and glycemic load of foods consumed on cardiovascular health in school-aged children in Quebec.  Abstract
Supervisors:  Dr. Gilles Paradis and Dr. Katherine Gray-Donald


7 April 2015 - 9:15AM
Lady Meredith House, Room 100, 1110 Pine Ave W
Maxime Turgeon
  Principal components of explained variance – a semiparametric approach.  Abstract
Supervisors:  Dr. Celia Greenwood and Dr. Aurélie Labbe


10 April 2015 - 9:15 AM
Purvis Hall, Room 24
Stephanie Law
  Exploring patient movement within healthcare systems and its role in the MDR-TB epidemic: A mixed methods study.  Abstract
Supervisor:  Dr. Richard Menzies


14 April 2015 - 9:15 AM
Purvis Hall, Room 24
Brittany Blouin
Topic:  Interrelationships between soil-transmitted helminth infections, anemia and child development: A longitudinal cohort study.  Abstract
Supervisor:  Dr. Theresa Gyorkos


Winter 2015 PhD Protocol Defense Schedule Revised20150213

Seminar Announcements

Epidemiology Seminars

30 March, 2015

Martin Amphitheater - Room 504 - McIntyre Medical Building, 3655 promenade Sir William Osler

Ashley I. Naimi, PhD - Assistant Professor, Department of obstetrics and Gynecology, McGill University

Topic:  Causal Inference and Complex Systems Science: Towards Rigor and Realism in Epidemiologic Research


1)  Review basic causal inference concepts, with a focus on the the parametric g-formula   

2)  Review complex systems science, with a focus on agent based models

3)  Juxtapose these two conceptual frameworks, and critically assess various claims about their respective relations and potential to contribute to epidemiology.

Biostatistics Seminars

31 March 2015

Purvis Hall - 1020 Ave. des Pins Ouest - Room 25

Roee Gutman, PhD - Assistant Professor, Department of Biostatistics, Brown University

Topic:  Robust Estimation of Causal Effects with Application to Erythropoiesis-stimulating Agents for End-stage Renal Disease