Faculty members in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics have diverse interests and conduct cutting-edge research in a range of areas, including: 

  • Behavioral and chronic disease epidemiology
  • Cancer prevention and control
  • Perinatal and reproductive epidemiology
  • Substance use
  • Infectious disease
  • Water-related diseases
  • Mediation
  • Causal inference
  • Latent variable modeling
  • Psychometrics.

The department maintains affiliations and partnerships with: Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia Department of Health, Philadelphia Water Department, The School District of Philadelphia, Public Health Management Corporation, and Temple Health. In addition, our students and faculty collaborate with researchers in the Departments of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Communication Sciences and Disorders, and Nursing; the School of Social Work; the Center for Obesity Research and Education; Lewis Katz School of Medicine; and the Kornberg School of Dentistry, among others.

Research labs

Behavioral and Cancer Epidemiology Research Program

The Behavioral and Cancer Epidemiology Research Program in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics is focused on examining the behavioral and biological determinants of cancer in the general and underserved populations.

Biostatistics Core

The Biostatistics Core in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics offers comprehensive statistical consultation and computational services to faculty, staff and students in the College of Public Health and throughout Temple University as well as faculty and researchers in other institutions, agencies and companies.

Coffman Lab

This lab focuses on expanding the methods available for the quantitative study of causation. Areas of interest include obesity prevention, smoking cessation, and substance abuse prevention and treatment.

Environmental Cancer Epidemiology and Intervention Research Design Lab

This lab aims to understand environmental exposure pathways and key susceptibility factors that lead to cancer, as well as design interventions that reduce adverse exposures and improve health.

Kidney Cancer Prevention Research Program

The Kidney Cancer Prevention Research Program in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics is dedicated to impactful research that is translatable to the primary and secondary prevention of cancer.

Rudolph Lab

The Rudolph Lab incorporates social network and spatial approaches to better understand the independent and combined influence of individual, network, and environmental factors on disease transmission dynamics, recruitment patterns, risk behaviors, and health service use among marginalized populations.

Water, Health and Applied Microbiology (WHAM) Lab

The Water, Health and Applied Microbiology (WHAM) Laboratory in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics primarily focuses on microbiological contamination of water supplies and the subsequent impacts on public health.