Our Research Edge

The Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics boasts a rich array of scholarly disciplines interacting across a wide range of education programs and research areas.

Biostatistics

Biostatistics specializes in the development of new statistical methodologies and the application of existing ones, "from proof to practice," for the design and analysis of quantitative and qualitative research studies.

Clinical Epidemiology

Clinical epidemiology is the application of epidemiologic and biometric methods to the study of problems of patient management (including diagnosis, prognosis, and therapy) encountered in the clinical delivery of care to patients.

Within CE&B's Health Research Methodology program, Clinical Epidemiology is a field of specialization. Individuals training in clinical epidemiology work alongside world-leading clinical epidemiologists, who are conducting their research in multiple sites around the world and changing the way medicine is practiced globally.

Health Economics

Health Economics is the study of how scarce resources are allocated among alternative uses for the care of sickness and the promotion, maintenance and improvement of health.

Health Economics includes the study of how health care and health related services, their costs and benefits, and health itself are distributed among individuals and groups in society.

Within CE&B's Health Research Methodology program, the highly-flexible HRM Classic field encourages explorations in Health Economics.

Four research groups associated with CE&B examine Health Economics issues:

Health Informatics

Health informatics studyies the problems of organization, appraisal, retrieval, and transfer of health information into policy and practice, and developing and testing innovations to improve the translation of evidence into policy and practice.

There is a new degree program within CE&B that focuses on Health Informatics: the M.Sc. eHealth. Graduates in this vital new interdisciplinary discipline will help transform health services, research and promotion through enabling information technologies and systems.

Three research groups associated with CE&B explore issues concerning Health Informatics:

Health Policy Analysis

Health policy analysis covers the interdisciplinary investigation of the nature of health policy, how it is made, how it could be made better, and what its impacts are.

CE&B faculty members are a core part of the McMaster University's Health Policy PhD Program. This interdisciplinary tri-Faculty program, unique in Canada, provides theory and empirical methods for framing, investigating, and answering crucial questions about health policy. Fields of specialization: health economics, political studies, and social organization.

Four research groups associated with CE&B examine Health Policy Analysis issues:

Health Services Research

Health services research examines how people get access to health care, how much care costs, and what happens to patients as a result of this care. It focuses on questions about the most effective ways to organize, manage, finance, and deliver high quality clinical and health care, reduce medical errors and improve patient safety.

Within CE&B's Health Research Methodology program, Health Services Research is a field of specialization. Graduates acquire a broad range of skills—in research synthesis, research design, data analysis and writing for publication—that enable them to conduct rigorous research in areas such as: patterns of care/process of care, small area practice variation studies, appropriateness of care, knowledge translation, economic analysis of health care, service and system organization, patient experience, theoretical underpinnings of health services organization, management, and financing and delivery.

Health Technology Assessment

Health technology assessment is the interdisciplinary process of systematically reviewing evidence and evaluating efficacy, effectiveness, cost effectiveness and ethical/social impact on patient health and health-care systems of adopting new health-care technologies.

Within CE&B's Health Research Methodology program, Health Technology Assessment (HTA) is a field of specialization.

HTA has gained increasing importance in health care decision-making locally and around the world, and over the last decade, there have been numerous important methodological advances in the techniques of HTA. As a result, there is a growing gap between the need for HTA and the availability of skilled researchers to conduct HTAs.

Knowledge Translation Research

Knowledge Translation Research focuses on the synthesis, dissemination, exchange, and ethically sound application of knowledge by users towards some goal, e.g. to improve the health of individuals, provide more effective health services and products, and strengthen the health care system.

Within CE&B's Health Research Methodology program, the highly-flexible HRM Classic field encourages explorations in Knowledge Translation Research.

Three research groups associated with CE&B examine Health Economics issues:

Public and Population Health

Public and Population Health is focused on understanding the complex and interrelated determinants of health and health inequalities in individuals, communities and populations, and the application of this knowledge to promote, protect, and restore health.

There are two degree programs within CE&B concerned with Public and Population Health: Health Research Methodology, and Public Health & Preventive Medicine

Within the Health Research Methodology program, Public and Population Health is a field of specialization. The field of public and population health provides students with the methodological expertise needed to conduct cutting edge research, including investigations into the biological, economic, and social factors that protect, precipitate or perpetuate disability and disease, and to improve public health.

Population Genomics

Population genomics is the simultaneous study of numerous genome regions to understand the influences of gene-gene and gene-environment interactions on disease.

Within CE&B's Health Research Methodology program, the highly-flexible HRM Classic field encourages explorations in Population Genomics.

Two research groups associated with CE&B examine Population Genomics issues: