Department Highlights

**New course offered this fall**

Applied Bayesian Modeling and Inference
HSTD 43010
Course Instructor:  Yuan Ji
W  10:30am-1:20pm
PQ:  STAT 24400 and STAT 24500 or master level training in statistics.
ID:  STAT 35920

Course begins with basic probability and distribution theory, and covers a wide range of topics related to Bayesian modeling, computation, and inference. Significant amount of effort will be directed to teaching students on how to build and apply hierarchical models and perform posterior inference.  The first half of the course will be focused on basic theory, modeling, and computation using Markov chain Monte Carlo methods, and the second half of the course will be about advanced models and applications.  Computation and application will be emphasized so that students will be able to solve real-world problems with Bayesian techniques.


Tamara Konetzka, an Associate Professor of Health Services Research, has won the 2013 Academy Health Article-of-the-Year Award.  The article is “The ‘Shipping out instead of shaping up: Rehospitalization from nursing homes as an unintended effect of public reporting”.

Award for Distinguished Investigator

Dezheng Huo, MD, PhD, an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, has received the Biological Sciences Division 2014 Junior Distinguished Investigator award for his outstanding work in cancer research. An award ceremony will be held on Wednesday June 11th 4:30-6:00PM in the Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine, 4th Floor Atrium, for all of the awardees. His nomination by a colleague in Health Studies described his research as addressing “fundamentally important questions in clinical and genetic epidemiology of cancer.” Dezheng’s primary research focuses on breast, colorectal, and prostate cancers. He investigates the role of race, lifestyle, and genetics in cancer etiology and treatment outcomes. His research has had direct implications for cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.


Departmental Highlights Archive
Message from the Chair
The Department of Health Studies is a multidisciplinary department that includes the fields of biostatistics, epidemiology and health services research. Our research aims to understand and improve public health and health care from a population perspective and draws on methods from the disciplines of statistics, epidemiology, economics, psychology, sociology, and demography.

Diane Lauderdale, PhD, Chair