Columbia University Ph.D. candidate aims to enhance public health research capacity

24 March 2023

Mr Craig Heck (left in the photo), a PhD candidate in Epidemiology at Columbia University under the supervision of CAPRISA’s Associate Scientific Director, Professor Quarraisha Abdool Karim, is visiting CAPRISA for a three-month period from March to May 2023. During his visit, he will deliver a series of seminars on Epidemiology aimed at enhancing public health research capacity.

The first two sessions of the seminar held on 10 and 24 March covered the history of Epidemiology, epidemiologic theories and concepts, classical epidemiologic statistics, hypothesis testing, bias and confounding, and considerations for infectious disease outbreaks. 

  The seminars provide an opportunity for CAPRISA staff and researchers to enhance their knowledge and skills in Epidemiology, a crucial field for public health research. “My visit is also an excellent opportunity to learn more about ongoing research conducted at CAPRISA, a leading research institution in the field of HIV/AIDS and public health in South Africa and beyond,” said Heck.