Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design

Located on the seventh floor of the new Ambulatory Care Center, is the recently established Department of Quantitative Health Sciences.  QHS fosters collaboration among existing clinical and basic science entities with the goal of shortening the time between laboratory breakthroughs and clinical applications. Sherman CenterIn June 2009, Catarina Kiefe, PhD, MD, and Jeroan Allison, MD, MScEpi became the founding Chair and Vice Chairs, respectively.  Allison also serves as Associate Vice Provost for Health Disparities for the medical school.  Upon arrival, Drs. Kiefe and Allison immediately began to refine and implement their vision and mission for QHS, namely to improve population and individual health by transforming health care delivery through methodological innovation and to become a nationally and internationally recognized resource for translational research.  

QHS has a three-pronged mission:

  • to fulfill the quantitative health science needs of the academic medical center as it moves towards its vision of becoming a leader in clinical and translational research;
  • to train the next generation of scientists that will fulfill the Vision; and
  • to weave service to the academic medical center into discovery of new approaches to address the health care needs of the nation and the world.


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Quantitative Methods Core

The Quantitative Methods Core, within the Division of Biostatistics and Health Sciences Research in the Department of Quantitative Health Sciences, was founded to provide UMass investigators with clinical research support in biostatistics, experimental design, and data management.

Quantitative Methods Core - 3rd Tuesdays Methods Workshop

The Department of Quantitative Health Sciences and the Quantitative Methods Core will conduct monthly workshops to explore statistical issues of general interest.

BRIDGE to Success Research in Progress Workgroup - 2nd Tuesday of the month

This workgroup provides an informal setting for new and experienced researchers to share nascent ideas or research-in-progress and to receive just-in-time feedback. 







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