Foundations

Our Foundations division addresses clinical, population and health education topics with a focus on the foundational methods that underpin quantitative and qualitative research. The specializations organized under this division include Medical Education, Biostatistics and Health Data Science, and Epidemiology.

Specializations

The following specialization streams are organized under this division:


Biostatistics and Health Data Science

Biostatistics and Health Data Science brings together numerous disciplines, including statistics, bioinformatics and health sciences, to help identify patterns that can translate health data insights into vital medical knowledge.
The analytical and computational skills of our biostatistical students are highly valued, and a wide range of career opportunities are available to graduates from our program—whether it’s work at a university, research hospital, pharmaceutical company, new startup or government agency.

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Epidemiology

Epidemiology involves scientific research among populations about the frequency, distribution and causes of health and disease. By recognizing that most community health issues don’t occur randomly, and by seeking to discover their patterns and drivers, we hope to generate knowledge that helps us better understand how we might prevent and control diseases in the future.
The work of epidemiologists is essential to understanding the environmental, individual and social factors that broadly impact community health. Many students in this area go on to become leaders in the community health and research sectors.

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Medical Education

The Medical Education specialization works to prepare students for professional careers in the field of medical education. This specialization promotes research that evaluates the educational settings and curriculums of professional health programs; allowing for important questions to be asked with the ultimate aim of improving patient outcomes.
Our graduates go on to work as program directors, administrators, health educators and researchers.

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We impact community health by:

  • Studying the distribution, patterns and causes of diseases;
  • Furthering knowledge relating to how human behavior impacts community health;
  • Providing education with the goal of improving the foundational methods that underpin quantitative and qualitative health research;
  • Analyzing health data to better understand community health challenges and potential solutions;
  • Developing and/or applying statistical methods to health and medical research;
  • Collaborating with University partners on research including curriculum design and evaluation, neuroimaging method analysis, health data integration, chronic disease surveillance, social epidemiology and more.

Information for students

Our Division facilitates a dynamic learning environment committed to developing skilled community health leaders and population health scientists. Through our specializations, students gain training in core competencies and can choose among flexible options based on their interests.

In addition to education and training, our division offers a strong research environment that encourages students to investigate and develop innovative solutions for health-related scientific challenges. Students can also participate in weekly seminars and attend workshops that provide networking opportunities.

There is currently a strong demand for graduates specializing in Medical Education, Epidemiology, and Biostatistics and Health Data Science. The rise in focus on big data and the growing need for statistical analysis of medical information will continue to drive demand for professionals holding these skills.
To learn more about career paths, visit our career resources page.

Division leadership

Karen Kopciuk

Karen Kopciuk

Adjunct Associate Professor

kakopciu@ucalgary.ca
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Brent Hagel

Brent Hagel

Associate Professor
403.955.7403
bhagel@ucalgary.ca
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