Department of Biostatistics

Abdelmonem A. Afifi

Dean Emeritus, UCLA School of Public Health

Professor of Biostatistics & Biomathematics

Tel: (310) 825-0707

Fax: (310) 267-2113

Room 51-239C CHS

Department of Biostatistics

UCLA School of Public Health

Los Angeles, CA 90095-1772



  • B.S. Mathematics (1959) Cairo University, Egypt

  • M.S. Statistics (1962) University of Chicago, Illinois

  • Ph.D. Statistics (1965) University of California, Berkeley

Research & Interests

My methodological research centers largely around multivariate statistical data analysis. Much of my research effort was spent on studying the properties of various methods of handling missing observations in regression and discriminant analysis. Later, I did research on a number of other topics including variable selection in multivariate analysis and multiple confidence intervals in linear models and survival analysis. In health research, I concentrated in my early career on developing computer-based prognostic indices for critically-ill patients. I relied mostly on discriminant function analysis; that work was a forerunner of what was later to be called logistic regression. Other areas included psychology, clinical trials, and risk factors for lung and heart diseases. I also co-authored 2 books (with multiple editions) on multivariate analysis and a CD-ROM to serve as an electronic companion to Biostatistics. Recently, I have been interested in meta-analysis and in the health effects of electromagnetic fields. In addition to these, my current research areas include injury prevention, health services research, multi-level models, and risk factor analysis.


  • Biostat 100A Fall 2001-03 Introduction to Biostatistics

  • Biostat 100B Winter 2002, 06 Introduction to Biostatistics

  • Biostat 240 Spring 2005 MS Student Seminar

  • Biostat 406 Spring 2003-06, Spring 2010-2013 Applied Multivariate Biostatistics

  • Biostat 411 Winter 2003, 05 Analysis of Correlated Data


Department of Biostatistics
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1772
310-825-5250 FAX:310-267-2113