The Department of Quantitative Methods in Public Health provides training courses in epidemiology and research, public health statistics and information systems, for the purpose of guiding public health actions.

Head of department and members

Olivier GRIMAUD is the director of the department.

The Department of Quantitative Methods in Public Health is home to 11 researchers/lecturers, each of them affiliated with accredited research teams, and welcomes guest lecturers from foreign universities, two honorary lecturers, one research engineer, PhD students and interns (Master’s students, MPH [Master of Public Health]…).

Visit the personal pages of researchers/lecturers, development engineers, research engineers and PhD students


Durant une crise majeure, comme celle de l'accident nucléaire de Fukushima en 2011, l'étude des ventes en pharmacie aide à comprendre les comportements de santé des populations.The research conducted by the department falls within the main topics covered by the school:

  • Health safety: occupational health and risks, safety of care, safety of health products, epidemic models for emerging diseases
  • Health promotion and prevention: maternal and child health, immunisation programmes
  • Health and the environment: the contribution of environmental exposures to social health inequalities
  • Healthcare service organisation and management: management of chronic diseases (neurological, vascular, kidney)

The department relies on quantitative methods to carry out these research activities.  It has access to the necessary expertise to analyse medical-social, healthcare and administrative databases:  the PMSI (Programme de médicalisation des systèmes d’information) [Information System Medicalisation Programme], Celtipharm, SNIIRAM (Système national d’information inter-régimes de l’Assurance maladie) [National Health Insurance Cross-Scheme Information System]…


The courses in epidemiology and biostatistics offered by the department are designed to teach future healthcare professionals the foundations for understanding the key tools and indicators used in public health in order to measure the health status of the population and organise the provision of care.

External speakers, both national and international experts regularly participate in the training courses.

The department is involved in the fundamentals of public health services delivered to civil service sectors.

Some courses are taught in English, as part of the MPH (Master of Public Health) and Europubhealth (European Public Health Master), which the department supports different modules of.

As regards continuing education, the Department of Quantitative Methods in Public Health coordinates sessions on the topics of the PMSI, surveillance, health safety and risk management. It has the authority to issue an international certificate of applied epidemiology (IDEA) and its own PMSI Expert Diploma.

The department coordinates the Master 1 course in public health and medical sciences in association with the University of Rennes 1, while also operating as a partner in the Post Master’s in Public Health at the Pasteur/Cnam (conservatoire national des arts et métiers) [National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts] School in Paris.


The Lecturers/Researchers in the department are linked to accredited research teams:

Close partnerships with the Department of Epidemiology of the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University in the US, and the Department of Clinical Medicine of the University of Oxford in England are reflected by guest lectures given by professors M. Desvarieux and P. Guerin.


Nadine MIGNÉ, department assistant – Tél : +33 (0) 2 99 02 25 36

Modified on 8 October 2018