Eric J. Tchetgen Tchetgen

Eric J. Tchetgen Tchetgen
  • Luddy Family President’s Distinguished Professor
  • Professor of Statistics

Contact Information

  • office Address:

    467 Jon M. Huntsman Hall
    3730 Walnut Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19104

Research Interests: Semiparametric theory, nonparametric statistics, causal inference, missing data, and epidemiologic methods.



Ph.D., 2006, Harvard University
B.S., 1999, Yale University


My primary area of interest is in semi-parametric efficiency theory with application to causal inference, missing data problems, statistical genetics and mixed model theory. In general, I work on the development of statistical and epidemiologic methods that make efficient use of the information in data collected by scientific investigators, while avoiding unnecessary assumptions about the underlying data generating mechanism.




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Past Courses


    This course will cover statistical methods for the design and analysis of observational studies. Topics will include the potential outcomes framework for causal inference; randomized experiments; matching and propensity score methods for controlling confounding in observational studies; tests of hidden bias; sensitivity analysis; and instrumental variables.


    This course is designed for Ph.D. students in statistics and will cover various advanced methods and models that are useful in applied statistics. Topics for the course will include missing data, measurement error, nonlinear and generalized linear regression models, survival analysis, experimental design, longitudinal studies, building R packages and reproducible research.


    This seminar will be taken by doctoral candidates after the completion of most of their coursework. Topics vary from year to year and are chosen from advance probability, statistical inference, robust methods, and decision theory with principal emphasis on applications.

Awards and Honors

  • Co-winner of the Society of Epidemiologic Research and American Journal of Epidemiology Article of the Year, 2014 Description

    For the paper, “Assessment and indirect adjustment for confounding by smoking in cohort studies using relative hazards model” with David Richardson, Steve Cole
    and Dominique Laurier.

  • Career Incubator Award, Harvard School of Public Health, 2013-2014
  • Co-winner of the Kenneth Rothman Epidemiology Prize, 2011 Description

    For the paper, “The use of negative controls to detect confounding and other sources of error in experimental and observational science.” with Marc Lipsitch and Ted Cohen.

  • Best Poster Award: Gene Environment Initiative Symposium, Boston, MA, 2008
  • Yerby Fellowship, Harvard School of Public Health, 2006-2008
  • Mars Scholar, Yale University, 1995-1996

In the News


Latest Research

Issa J. Dahabreh, Sarah E. Robertson, Eric Tchetgen Tchetgen, Elizabeth A. Stuart, Miguel A. Hernan (2019), Generalizing causal inferences from individuals in randomized trials to all trial‐eligible individuals, Biometrics, (to appear).
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In the News

Intensive Anti-H.I.V. Efforts Meet With Mixed Success in Africa

Scientists tested a costly approach to curbing the AIDS epidemic: Test everyone in the community, and treat anyone who is infected.

New York Times - 07/17/2019
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Awards and Honors

Co-winner of the Society of Epidemiologic Research and American Journal of Epidemiology Article of the Year 2014
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