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Training Program in Environmental Health Biostatistics

Predoctoral TrainingDr. Thurston with trainees in Year 22

The predoctoral training program:

  • Uses Biostatistics courses for the core curriculum
  • Provides additional course work in environmental epidemiology and toxicology to introduce trainees to EHS research
  • Provides trainees with experience in statistical issues in EHS
  • Promotes doctoral-level research in statistical theory and methodology related to environmental health studies
  • Recruits minorities and women into environmental health biostatistics.

Each trainee works on one or more research projects in EHS. Initially this consists of more routine data analysis done under the direction of a biostatistician as primary preceptor and an EHS researcher as cosponsoring preceptor. This activity provides valuable experience and potentially assists the student in selecting a dissertation topic. More advanced trainees work on more difficult projects and will be asked to present their research at national meetings using travel funds partially provided by this grant.

Postdoctoral Training

The postdoctoral training program has similar goals to the predoctoral program, with a focus on methodology development and collaboration on multiple projects related to environmental health. Project work is done under the mentorship of Dr. Sally W. Thurston and/or another Biostatistics faculty trainer, with co-mentorship from one or more environmental health researchers. The postdoctoral fellow also receives training in advanced biostatistics and toxicology.