Our faculty work with transdisciplinary teams across UCSF to translate knowledge and improve health.
Epidemiology and biostatistics provide the tools to understand the causes of health and disease.
Education & Training
We offer high-quality education and training for undergraduates, medical students, graduate students, postdocs and junior faculty.


In an era of extraordinary advances in scientific knowledge and methods, epidemiology and biostatistics provide essential tools for understanding the causes of disease and for identifying effective and efficient approaches to prevention and treatment at the population level. The Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics is committed to advancing health for all through rigorous, innovative, multidisciplinary research.

Epidemiology and biostatistics serve as key disciplines in team science and, as a result, the faculty in the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics collaborate on more research in basic, clinical and population sciences across UCSF than any other department. We are the largest department of epidemiology in the University of California system in terms of full-time primary faculty and affiliated faculty, and our dedicated researchers, many of whom are leaders in their fields, provide a wide range of expertise to research teams while also leading their own studies. Their research interests range from aging and global health to biostatistics, cancer and cardiovascular disease.

In addition, we house multiple data sets, which we use in our teaching and to produce high-quality scholarship. Our faculty are experts in using these data, which are available for population studies.

The department also offers a robust array of educational programs for all levels of faculty, students and trainees. Our Master in Advanced Studies Degree in Clinical Research and our PhD in Epidemiology and Translational Sciences provide high-quality training in core skills of clinical research and of epidemiological and biostatistical methods with an orientation toward translating new knowledge into useful applications for patients and populations. We also offer an online certificate in Implementation Science and administer programs offered through the Clinical and Translational Sciences Training Hub.