Welcome

Mark Jenkins
Prof. Mark Jenkins, Director

The Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics is at the forefront of a preventative health revolution. Big data, changing infectious diseases patterns, and multi-disciplinary collaborations are transforming the ways public health disciplines are researched and taught. Our Centre aims to be a leader in this evolving environment.

Epidemiology and biostatistics provide solutions to global public health challenges that demand multi-disciplinary responses. Our Centre's approach to research, teaching, and research training reflects this reality. We combine deep expertise with a broad range and reach – through our nine units, and our active links to other renowned institutions. This ensures our researchers and graduates are ready to contribute to preventing and alleviating the world's common, debilitating and burdensome health issues.

Centre structure

Our Centre's specialised units address the most important diseases affecting Australians and other people worldwide:

Teaching

Our Master of Epidemiology lays a solid foundation in research and analytical skills. We also offer the opportunity to specialise in Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the Master of Public Health and Master of Science (Epidemiology), and the Master of Biostatistics (Biostatistics Collaboration of Australia).

Research

Our Centre combines the best of established approaches and the latest advances. We are developing new statistical methods, study designs, and computing techniques to meet the challenges of increasingly large and complex data. Our research expertise extends to non-traditional skills sets in disciplines such as molecular biology and mathematical and computational sciences

We are committed to ensuring that our research is applied in cost-effective programs. To achieve this, we invest substantially in implementation research in areas such as primary care, web-based technology and health economics.

Resources and Collaborations

Much of our research draws on a wealth of resources within the Centre – the most valuable being our people. Many are key collaborators on projects involving multiple academic institutions in many countries.

Our vast informational resources include our studies and data registries: the Australian Twin Registry the international Colon and Breast Cancer Family Registries, and the Tasmanian Asthma Study among others. We also access Australia's largest medical biorepository at the University's Southey laboratory, and the Supercomputer resources of the Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative (VLSCI). We collaborate with major medical research institutions within the Parkville precinct and throughout the world, including Stanford University, Mayo Clinic and Cambridge University.

Recognition

Australia's NMHRC has awarded our researchers new Centres of Research Excellence: for colorectal cancer, respiratory disease, and biostatistics. Internationally, the United States' NIH (National Institutes of Health) co-funds the major cancer research programs that we host. National and state health departments seek our input in developing policy to ensure optimal disease control and national health security.