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Department of Public Health

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Dr. Jimmy Efird holds a joint appointment as Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health and as Epidemiologist/Chief Statistician (Leader, Shared Resources) in the Center for Health Disparities Research under the direction of Dr. Hope Landrine. He also serves as Director of Epidemiology and Outcomes Research for the ECU Heart Institute and is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences. Prior to joining ECU, Dr. Efird was Director of the Biostatistics Facility at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (Honolulu, Hawaii) and an Associate Member of the Cancer Research Center of Hawaii. Additionally, he headed the Shared Resources Unit for the Hawaii EXPORT Center (diabetes disparities and associated complications in Native Hawaiians and Pacific peoples). He is Editor-in-Chief of Cancer Informatics, Specialty Chief Editor of Frontiers in Epidemiology, Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Cardiovascular Research, Editor-in-Chief of OA Medical Statistics, Associate Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Biometrics and Bioinformatics, Associate Editor of Advances in Computational Research, Associate Editor of Bioinformatics and Biology Insights, and serves on the editorial board for Rare Tumors Journal, International Journal of Molecular Epidemiology and Genetics, Journal of Carcinogenesis & Mutagenesis, Journal of Cancer Science & Therapy, Journal of Biometrics and Biostatistics, and OA Epidemiology. Dr. Efird has over 100 publications in scientific journals and proceedings.



  • BA, Psychology, UCLA (Los Angeles, CA)
  • MSc, Statistics, California State University (Long Beach, CA)
  • PhD, Epidemiology with a concentration in Biostatistics, Stanford University School of Medicine (Stanford, CA)

Areas of Interest

  • Advanced analytic methods in epidemiologic research
  • Genetic epidemiology
  • Cardiovascular epidemiology
  • Neuro epidemiology
  • Cancer research (brain, skin, HPV-related)
  • Health disparities research

Courses Taught

  • MPH 6011 Introduction to Epidemiology
  • MPH 6021 Chronic Disease Epidemiology
  • MPH 6991 Professional Paper I
  • MPH 6992 Professional Paper II
Website and Publication Links

Sinusoidal Cox Regression—A Rare Cancer Example

Informational Odds Ratio: A Useful Measure of Epidemiologic Association in Environment Exposure Studies

An Efficient Gatekeeper Algorithm for Detecting GxE

The Combined Influence of Oral Contraceptives and Human Papillomavirus Virus on Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Blocked Randomization with Randomly Selected Block Sizes

Epidemiology of Glioma

Dr. Efird CV