What is the Epidemiology Data Center?

The Epidemiology Data Center Service (EDC) is located in the LSU Health Sciences Center School of Public Health Epidemiology Program and provides biostatistical, epidemiologic, and study design support for health-related research projects. The mission of the EDC is to facilitate high quality health related research at the the LSUHSC as well as affiliated research groups at other institutions, through consultations, collaborative relationships, and providing broad-based services in research design, data collection & management, and biostatistical analysis.

Significant resources and infrastructure have been developed within the EDC and the SPH to support this mission; however, a chargeback mechanism for consulting services is required in order to financially support the development of new research, to incrementally cover direct costs associated with this research; and to provide the added infrastructure required to accommodate the growing research base of the HSC. Consultative services are focused in several key areas including: study design, statistical planning, data management, statistical analysis and reporting. Collectively, the provision of these services requires diverse subject expertise represented by the disciplines of epidemiology, biostatistics and biomedical informatics. In addition, these services reflect support not only for the research mission of the University but also for the educational mission by supporting the training of LSU Health Science Center faculty and students in the conduct of biomedical research.

Available Services

Epidemiology and Biostatistical consulting services:

Study design, planning, data management and analysis – Contact Dr. Edward Peters

Data Collection Tools:

  • HP Teleform – for scannable paper documents
  • SurveyGizmo® – for online surveys
  • REDCap – for online research data capture