The mission of the Center of Excellence for Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Disease Prevention is to increase the quantity and quality of epidemiologic research, and facilitate its integration with clinical research at Icahn School of Medicine. The scope of this work includes studies of the etiology of disease, addressing both genetic and environmental contributions, studies of the natural history of disease, outcomes research addressing the impact of therapy on the course of disease, clinical epidemiology to evaluate screening and diagnosis of disease, and community-based research addressing the effect of health services and public health policy on the health of populations. We have intentionally adopted an expansive definition of epidemiology and its applications.
The Center is intended to be a campus-wide resource that cuts across disciplines and Departments. The applications of epidemiology and biostatistics and faculty engaged in these pursuits are widely distributed throughout the School. The administrative home of the Center will be in the Department of Community and Preventive Medicine, which is the primary home for the academic disciplines of epidemiology and biostatistics in the medical and graduate school.
The Center is committed to the expansion and improved integration of these research activities through several mechanisms.