The Department comprises a complement of faculty members who hold ranked appointments and associate members with primary appointments in other McGill Departments, adjunct and faculty lecturers and professors emeriti. in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Occupational Health and Public Health.
Our faculty members conduct a wide range of research within the department and are recognized as international leaders and experts in their respective fields.
Over 200 graduate students are enrolled in our degree programs offering some of the strongest methods courses and our graduates are valued for their strong skills in methods, as well as their breadth and depth of knowledge.
Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Occupational Health and Public Health
Epidemiology and Biostatistics are the basic sciences for most health related quantitative research conducted on groups of individuals. Hence, much of clinical research, public and population health research, health services research and many other areas of health and social research use the principles, concepts and methods of epidemiology and biostatistics to generate information and knowledge. This knowledge is then used for clinical practice through evidence-based medicine, for clinical prevention, for health care organization and delivery and for public health practice.
Occupational Health is an applied discipline which uses a variety of tools (toxicology, hygiene, exposure assessment, ergonomics, engineering, etc.) to identify occupational hazards and to reduce, prevent or remove exposure to hazards, thereby maintaining optimal health of workers.
Public Health is an applied discipline which uses societal resources to prevent diseases and promote health at the population level.