Epidemiology and Biostatistics Section


Mission Statement

The OPHA Epidemiology and Biostatistics section's mission is:

(1) To foster epidemiologic and biostatistical research, training and professional development as well as science-based public health practice;

(2) To serve as a conduit between the epidemiologic and biostatistical research communities and those who need scientific information for the development, implementation, and evaluation of programs and policies affecting the public's health in Oregon.

Section Meetings

Next OPHA Epidemiology and Biostatistics Section Meeting: TBD

Please plan on joining us, meeting or catching up with fellow section members over food and drink, and helping plan upcoming section activities!

Section Meeting Minutes

April 2016 Minutes

May 2013 Minutes

February 2013 Minutes

June 2012 Minutes

January 2012 Minutes

Section Listserv

The OPHA Epidemiology and Biostatistics section maintains an listserv. This email group is open to section members and non-members. To join:

1) Go to the Yahoo! Groups website 

2) On the "Find a Group" search bar (located approximately in the middle of the web page), enter "OPHA_Epi_Biostat" and hit the search button

3) The search engine will identify a single group, the OPHA_Epi_Biostat group, and will identify the group as the Epidemiology and Biostatistics section of the Oregon Public Health Association

4) The group name is an active link, place your cursor over the active link and click on it - this will take you to the home page of the OPHA_Epi_Biostat group

5) Join the group by clicking on the "Join This Group!" button and, 

a. if you already have an email account with Yahoo!, enter your Yahoo! ID and password, or 
b. if you do not have an email account with Yahoo!, then you may sign up for an account - you may designate the Section email to go to the Yahoo! email account or to another email account - it is your choice

K-12 Science Olympiad Mentoring Program

The Science Olympiad is a national non-profit organization dedicated to improving K through 12 science education, increasing interest in science, and giving recognition for outstanding achievement in science education by students and teachers. There are many ongoing activities and a yearly tournament.

We need people to help write the Disease Detectives test for the yearly tournament. The focus this year is the same as last year, Foodborne Illnesses. The written exam will probably consist of several outbreak scenarios (not necessarily on foodborne illnesses) and general questions about epidemiology in the form of multiple choice, fill in the blank, true/false, matching, and interpretation of graphs and maps. Last year seven people wrote a test that had over 50 questions and some tie-breaker questions. There are numerous examples of previous tests and a lot of material available to help write the test. If you want to help but your time is limited, you can help by reading through the test and giving suggestions for improvements or corrections.

Typically we give one test in Division B (middle school) and one test in Division C (high school) – we don't know yet when our tests are scheduled, but they are usually given between 9 am and 2 pm. To find out more information, look on the following websites: oregonscienceolympiad.com and www.soinc.org.

OPHA Epidemiology-Biostatistics Mentoring Program

The mission of the OPHA Epidemiology-Biostatistics Mentoring Program to strengthen the public health workforce in Oregon by mentoring growth in the areas of leadership, communication, self-direction, and problem solving skills.

The OPHA Epidemiology-Biostatistics Mentoring Program pairs mentors with those seeking a mentor. It is expected that mentees will select a specific topic on which they wish to be mentored (e.g., career development, publications).

Potential mentees and potential mentors will each complete forms: the mentee will indicate the area(s) in which mentorship is sought; and the mentors will indicate areas in which mentors are available to mentor. The forms will be submitted to the OPHA Mentoring Progam. A member of the Mentoring Program will match mentee applicants with mentors. 

Click here to learn more and apply today!

Section Leadership

Chair: Sharon Coryell, MPH

Past Chair: Steven Fiala, MPH

Chair-Elect: Rachel Linz, MPH

Board Representative: S. Marie Harvey, PhD