Message from the Chair

 John Hanfelt

Welcome to the Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health.

There is a certain magic when statistical methods transform technical data into meaningful solutions for human health. Biostatistics and bioinformatics provide a wonderful way to use quantitative skills to have a direct impact on public health and the well-being of society. Our field is intellectually intriguing and has become critical for addressing modern scientific barriers by offering innovative design and analysis strategies for complex studies.  Our expert faculty, students, and staff work in cutting-edge and diverse areas, including genomics, epigenetics, microbiome and metabolomics, statistical computing and machine learning, spatial statistics and infectious disease modeling, Bayesian methods, clinical trials, causal inference, survival and event history analysis, latent variable methods, and methods for missing or mismeasured data.  Our unique Center for Biomedical Imaging Statistics is a leader in innovation in image analysis.  Our graduates have exciting careers in academia, government, industry (e.g., biotech, pharmaceuticals, information technology), and non-profit research institutes.

The faculty and staff of the Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics are committed to providing our graduate students with an excellent, diverse education that equips students with the practical skills, knowledge and experience needed for successful careers, and for the intellectually curious to probe the underlying foundations of our discipline. In addition to rigorous classroom instruction, students regularly participate in journal clubs, research working groups, and internship opportunities.  Faculty, staff and students collaborate with esteemed partners at the Rollins School of Public Health, the Woodruff Health Sciences Center, the Winship Cancer Institute, the Emory Brain Health Center, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the nearby Centers for Disease Control, and a variety of other national and international organizations contributing to a stimulating learning environment.

As you browse through our departmental website, we trust that you will get a feel for our dedication, excellence, and the collegiality of our faculty, staff, students and alumni.  If what you read sounds exciting, we encourage you to apply.

John Hanfelt, PhD
Professor and Interim Chair