The Division performs research in two broad areas: clinical epidemiology/outcomes research and biostatistics/genetic epidemiology.
Clinical epidemiology faculty interests
- Outcomes assessment measures
- Evaluation of health intervention studies
- Epidemiology of occupational diseases
- Medical informatics
- Evaluation of educational and community interventions
- Cost effectiveness analysis,
- Risk prediction
- Patient communication
- Treatment in prognostic issues related to antithrombotic therapy
Biostatistics/genetic epidemiology faculty interests
- Novel statistical methods for classification
- Analysis of complex data sets such as those derived from gene chips
- Use of genetic polymorphisms
GMS faculty collaborate with investigators from many divisions and departments to aid in study design and data analysis to answer a wide variety of patient-oriented questions.
Bioethics and Research Ethics faculty are interested in issues that affect:
- Patients & family members, such as ethical issues related to Alzheimer’s Disease, cancer, organ transplantation, and mental health services;
- Researchers, such as lab leadership, culture, data sharing, and training programs; and
- Physicians, such as when to return incidental findings from genetic tests or imaging, how best to obtain informed consent, and how to manage moral distress
For more information on research on bioethics and research ethics, visit the Professional and Social Issues Lab (PSI Lab) website.
Health Behavior Research faculty are interested in issues that affect:
- Psychological aspects of illness and quality of life and interventions that aim to improve the psychological status and quality of life in patients and their families;
- Individuals’ engagement in health-risk and health-promoting behaviors as well as clinical and behavioral decision making;
- Health communications that foster engagement in health-promoting and prevention behaviors and that reach minority and underserved populations aimed at reducing inequalities in care and patient outcomes;
- Behavioral interventions in clinic and community settings that increase rates of evidence-based screening, treatment, and surveillance of cancer and other chronic conditions.
- Education of health professionals and evaluation of educational interventions aimed at changing their knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and behaviors; and
- Area-level influences on behavior and disease occurrence.