Public Health Sciences

The Department of Public Health Sciences mission is to provide excellence and leadership in innovative research, education, and community engagement strategies to advance clinical care, patient outcomes, and population health.

We foster research and educational collaborations with clinicians, researchers and faculty members across the University, other professionals, and communities to improve health equity and overall population health and well-being.

How does a researcher find a biostatistician or other research methods collaborator or consultant?

Free service staffed by SOM Public Health Sciences statisticians to address introductory statistics and research methods questions.

PHS Consulting & Collaboration Request Form
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• Contact a PHS faculty member or staff directly
• Contact information on PHS website or UVA directory

• Cancer Center – Biostatistics Shared Resource Request Form
• iTHRIV Research Methods Core / BERD – iTHRIV Portal Consult Request

PHS faculty and staff have expertise in:

  • Clinical trial design and analysis; including pre-clinical, phase I, II & III trials, and data coordinating centers
  • Observational study design; including cohort studies, case-control studies, longitudinal studies, chart reviews
  • Mixed-methods research; study design and analysis
  • Statistical analyses; including survival analysis, longitudinal data, causal inference, Markov models, Bayesian models, meta-analyses
  • Predictive modeling; including development, validation and implementation of algorithms
  • Epidemiological and outcomes research; including use of large registry data (e.g. Medicare, UNOS)
  • Data management and sharing; including SAS, REDCap, OnCore, de-identification, creating public use datasets
  • Statistical Software; including SAS, R, Stata, SPSS, GraphPad Prism, MPlus, Matlab
  • DSMBs; both study statistician and independent statistician serving on the DSMB

Featured Stories

Group photo of Nepal 2024 Research Team

Dr. Rajesh Balkrishnan Leads UVA Team to Address Health Outcomes Resulting from Pollution in Kathmandu, Nepal

To study some of the population health issues, UVA’s Rajesh Balkrishnan, PhD, Professor of Public Health Sciences and a team of students from UVA traveled to Nepal early this summer. Supported by UVA’s Center for Global Health Equity, the team conducted a survey of two-wheeler riders in Kathmandu City on the effects of severe outdoor air pollution on quality of life and health outcomes.

UVA Research Team Conducts Pollution Study in Nepal

Group photo of 2024 MPH students presenting posters

Department of Public Health Sciences Master of Public Health Students Present Final Projects

The Department of Public Health Sciences was excited to host the Master of Public Health (MPH) Spring Semester Poster Day last week. Thirty-two graduating MPH students presented their work and recommendations to improve health outcomes and health equity. All MPH students complete an Integrative Learning Experience (ILE), a final project that demonstrates synthesis of MPH knowledge and skills developed over a 42-credit hour curriculum. Students select an ILE topic consulting with an MPH Program Faculty advisor based on their program concentration.

MPH Students Present Final Projects at Spring 2024 Poster Day

Group of Student Researchers in Kuhenza, Kenya

Partnership with Kuhenza for the Children: Assistant Professor Kathryn Quissell, PhD Led Research Team to Kenya

This past November 2023, Public Health Sciences Assistant Professor Kathryn Quissell led a research team of four UVA students (Sona Kalatardi, Momore Del-Davidson, Seth Tersteeg, and Meagan Gillette) to Kilifi County, Kenya, on the east coast of the country. They conducted research with Kuhenza For The Children, a non-governmental organization (NGO) that serves to transform harmful perceptions of disabilities into those that enhance the lives of children with disabilities.

Research Team Partnership with Kuhenza in Kenya

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