Department of Public Health Sciences hero with group of students in robes.

About the Department

Old DPHS logo of intersecting graphs enclosed in a circle with the words “Through Science to Knowledge, Through Knowledge to Health” around the outside of the circleThe Department of Public Health Sciences (DPHS) is at the start of an exciting new phase in the College of Medicine and the University. It evolved from what used to be the Department of Biostatistics, Bioinformatics, and Epidemiology, which has been in existence since 1968.

Smiling female professor points to biostatistical equation on a piece of paper with male MPH studentOur faculty is diverse in background, training, and research interests. We have faculty working on biostatistical methods development; clinical trials; epidemiology of cancer, diabetes, psychiatry, neurosciences, rheumatologic disorders, and infectious diseases; health disparities; community outreach; and health services.

Female Ph.D. student standing in front of her poster on Student Research DayOur graduate students and post-doctoral trainees also have varied backgrounds and career paths. They are successfully employed by academic institutions, federal government agencies, and the private sectors. The DPHS offers a collegial and supportive environment to promote and enhance intellectual and scientific endeavors of faculty and students.