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

Racism is a public health crisis

As public health professionals, we stand in solidarity with our fellow citizens and affirm our commitment, as articulated by the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, “to address racial injustice by teaching skills to advocate for the essential public health values of compassion, empathy, justice, and equity, by advancing research on the structures that shape health inequities and applying that knowledge into practice.”
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Our MPH Students Are on the Front Lines of Public Health

As COVID-19 catapulted public health into the global spotlight, UVA Masters of Public Health (MPH) students landed on the front lines of the pandemic. They took on real-world positions in health departments, community groups, and other organizations as contact tracers, case managers, immunizers, community workers, and researchers.
Our Students' Stories

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Avery Bullock, MPH 2020, Targets Health Inequalities

Inspired by volunteer work at Madison House and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, this aspiring doctor is on a mission to help under-served communities gain timely, effective access to health care.
Avery's Story

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Support Our Mission

There are many ways to support the efforts of the Department of Public Health Sciences, and gifts are just one. We welcome your support in any way you can give.