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R Group for Biosurveillance


To Connect R Users and Advance the Practice of R in Public Health Surveillance


  • Enable new and inexperienced users to gain the skills required for the data management, analysis, and visualization tasks that they seek using the R language.
  • Facilitate the sharing of approaches, programming techniques, and code among current users.
  • Involvement with the growing global community of epidemiologists and developers using R to advance the science of disease surveillance.


The R Group hosts monthly webinars. These webinars typically fall into 3 categories:

  • Research: A public health researcher who uses R will present their work, as well as the code used to conduct the analysis. These are often highly technical, both in coding and in the statistical analyses used. They are a great way to see what is happening in academia at the intersection of R and surveillance.
  • Practice: A public health practitioner will share an application they made in R. These applications are often in RShiny or RMarkdown. They are tools that could be useful at your agency, and we encourage everyone to explore the code used to make these tools.
  • Tutorials: An experienced R user will provide a tutorial on how to use a package, a set of packages, or conduct a specific type of analysis. These webinars tend to be accessible to every level of R users, including newcomers.

View R webinars with guest presenters here


The R Group also hosts a GitHub Code Repository.

Click on the icon to access the GitHub site.

Group Leadership

Currently the group is being led by Eric Bakota, a staff analyst at the City of Houston Health Department. He has been coding in R off and on since 2010. He is always welcome to hear from you on ways to improve the group, ways for members to get involved, and even working on making your code get to work. He can be reached at Eric.Bakota@phs.hctx.net

Eric is supported by Aaron Kite-Powell, Harold Gil, Vivek Khatri, Howard Burkom, and, of course, Catherine Tong

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wrote on the Community Groups: R Group for Biosurveillance wall: I came across this post and thought the community would find it useful as well. After reading this I realize there are many improvements I could make.. https://owi.usgs.gov/blog/intro-best-practices/ Aaron
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wrote on the Community Groups: R Group for Biosurveillance wall: Harold Gil's follow up presentation on "GitHub Collaboration" has now been uploaded to the R Group's meeting documents and recording library: https://sites.google.com/site/rapplicationforbiosurveillance/
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Group Admin
Harold Gil
Group Admin
Catherine Tong
Group Chair
Eric Bakota

Upcoming Events
R Group for Biosurveillance Meeting
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Data Quality Committee Monthly Meeting
Friday, September 14, 2018
NSSP Community of Practice Call
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
R Group for Biosurveillance Meeting
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Building a Community of Practice
Thursday, September 27, 2018

Related Group News

ISDS Newsletter: July/August 2018: Download Your Copy
Posted in General Interest, Wednesday, August 8, 2018

ISDS publishes a monthly newsletter, a concise compilation of news from the Association and the Public Health Surveillance community. If you would like a pdf ... more »

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