Departmental Mission

Mission Statement

Our mission is to improve health and reduce health disparities in Maryland, the nation, and the world. This is accomplished by examining environmental, social and behavioral, biological, and genetic factors using established epidemiological and quantitative methods, as well as developing new scientifically grounded approaches, that are applied predominately to identifying determinants of health and discovering and evaluating primary and secondary prevention strategies for chronic diseases and infectious diseases.  Faculty and graduate student research, as well as graduate program curricula, examine important health issues through a social and behavioral lens.

To advance our mission, the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Maryland School of Public Health is engaged in:

  1. Conducting methodological and collaborative research to examine, develop, test, and apply established and novel epidemiological and biostatistical methods for the purpose of addressing the public health needs of populations at risk for chronic diseases and infectious diseases through a social behavioral lens.
  2. Offering educational programs, training, and mentoring in the design and analysis of public health programs through the application of epidemiological and biostatistical methods.
  3. Providing services to the school, university, and community that furthers the mission of the department and the school.