The Section of Epidemiology and Biostatistics was established in 2003 as part
of the new School of Population Health on The University's Tamaki Campus. Our section's
goal is the application and promotion of epidemiology, biostatistics and related
sciences to improve the health of individuals, communities and populations both
locally and globally.
There are about 50 people in the
section, including approximately 25 University
funded staff (about 15 University funded full-time equivalents), 20 research fellows
and assistants and thesis students, and five researchers hosted from other departments
and external agencies (see staffing list for details). While most staff members
are epidemiologists and biostatisticians, the section also has members with expertise
in environmental health, healthcare quality improvement, health informatics / health
knowledge management and in healthcare economics.
The section hosts a Biostatistics Advisory Services, members of the Department of
Paediatrics Youth Health Group and the Auckland branch of the New Zealand Guidelines
The teaching, research and development / service interests of members of the Section
of Epidemiology & Biostatistics are broad, covering topics from global public
and environmental health problems through to clinical practice improvement.
Most of the staff in the
section had previously been members of the Department of
Community Health, which was reconstituted as two new Sections - Epidemiology and
Biostatistics and Health Systems (several members of the old department joined the
new Section of Social and Community Health).