The Biostatistics unit engages in collaborative epidemiological research and develops and applies new methods in biostatistics and epidemiology. The unit conducts theoretical and applied research on Bayesian spatio-temporal disease modelling (closely interwoven with the Ecosystem Health Sciences unit), and engages in research on modelling cohort data from Switzerland and Europe (in close collaboration with the Chronic Disease Epidemiology and Environmental Exposures and Health units).

The unit also coordinates all biostatistics and data services within Swiss TPH and externally. This service is provided in collaboration with the Public Health Computing group and includes consulting for study design, data management support, statistical analysis, consulting in the fields of biomathematics and bioinformatics, and software development.

The unit is also heavily engaged in teaching Statistics and Epidemiology to medical undergraduates, MSc students and PhD students, both in curricular courses of the University of Basel and in external courses (e.g. Swiss Master of Public Health Programme, European Course in Tropical Epidemiology and Postgraduate Programme for University Professionals in Insurance Medicine).

Research Groups

The unit consists of two research groups: