SFU Health Sciences and Statistics Collaborating Centre

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Faculty members in the fields of biostatistics and population and public health (PPH) are collaborating to develop a new program of study for graduates students enrolled in the MScr, PhD, or MPH program in the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) at Simon Fraser University (SFU). At SFU, there is increasing demand for graduate level training in biostatistics, epidemiology and quantitative methods (e.g. machine learning and data visualization). This is evidenced from 1) discussions with our students who seek quantitative courses, 2) faculty in FHS who seek skilled personnel to support health research, 3) ever increasing employment opportunities in PPH (e.g with health authorities), and additionally, 4) our society’s increasing value on the importance on statistical science and quantitative methods.

We seek to undertake planning activities that will leverage existing expertise, talent, resources and partnerships related to biostatistics and PPH at SFU. For example, SFU has internationally recognized leaders in the field who have track records of mentoring graduate students with support of peer-reviewed funding (e.g. CANSSI Collaborative Research Team Grant co-PI Joan Hu and NSERC and CIHR). Moreover, many of these researchers collaborate already with one another as demonstrated by students and joint publications in biostatistics. SFU already offers a diverse suite of courses at SFU in the FHS and the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Sciences. Finally, SFU has identified Big Data approaches as a strategic priority and target for investment, including through the KEY Big Data initiative.

The SFU Health Sciences and Statistics Collaborating Centre is led by:

Lawrence McCandless, Joan Hu, Jinko Graham, Hui Xie, Bohdan Nosky, and Brad MacNeney

Affiliated universities and organizations:

Simon Fraser, Faculty of Health Sciences and Department of Statistics and Actuarial Sciences

Training Program:

A new Graduate Certificate in Quantitative Methods for Health Sciences is being developed in the FHS with anticipated launch date of January 2020.

Contact Information:

Faculty of Health Sciences
SFU
778-782-8651
lmccandl@sfu.ca

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