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Maurice Alan Brookhart

Professor in Population Health Sciences
Population Health Sciences


M. Alan Brookhart, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences at Duke University. He is also an Adjunct Professor at UNC Chapel Hill and an Honorary Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at Aarhus University, Denmark. Alan did his doctoral training in biostatistics at UC Berkeley and was on faculty at Harvard Medical School and UNC Chapel Hill prior to joining the faculty at Duke.

Alan has spent his career developing epidemiologic and statistical methods for improving learning from real-world healthcare data. Substantively, his research has focused on understanding the effects of treatments and policies in complex and vulnerable patient populations, such as those with end-stage renal disease. He has taught courses and workshops in pharmacoepidemiology, causal inference, epidemiologic methods, cluster-randomized trials, data visualization, and machine learning. He is a member of many expert panels for industry, academia, not-for-profit organizations, and government.

In addition to his academic work, Alan co-founded two start-up companies: RxAnte, Inc, which uses predictive analytics to target adherence improvement interventions to high-risk patients, and NoviSci, Inc, a healthcare data sciences company that builds tools to facilitate learning and visualization in complex, real-world data.

Areas of Expertise: epidemiology, observational study design, causal inference, predictive models, and data visualization

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Professor in Population Health Sciences · 2021 - Present Population Health Sciences, Basic Science Departments

Education, Training & Certifications

University of California, Berkeley · 2002 Ph.D.
University of California, Berkeley · 1996 M.A.
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill · 1990 A.B.

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