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.
The Department comprises a large number of faculty members who hold ranked appointments in addition to over 57 associate members with primary appointments in other McGill Departments, 44 adjunct and faculty lecturers and 8 professors emeriti. Over 200 graduate students are enrolled in our programs in Epidemiology (MSc and PhD), Biostatistics (MSc and PhD), Occupational Health (MSc Applied) and Public Health (MScPH and the Medical Residency Program in Public Health and Preventive Medicine).
Our professors conduct a wide range of research within the department and are recognized as international leaders and experts in their respective fields.
Our degree programs offer 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.
Purvis Hall, located across from the beautiful Mount Royal on the downtown Montreal campus of McGill University, is the home of the Department. However, faculty are located at many other locations on campus as well as McGill teaching hospitals and in public health partner organizations.