Ann Brearley, PhD

Assistant Professor, Division of Biostatistics

Ann Brearley

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-624-7656

Office Address:
A444 Mayo

Mailing Address:
420 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Assistant Professor, Division of Biostatistics

PhD, Analytical Chemistry, University of Minnesota, 1986

MS, Biostatistics, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, 2008

BA, Chemistry, St. Olaf College, 1981


My current teaching interests are in biostatistical literacy, active learning, online learning, project-based learning, use of ‘The Islands’ in teaching, methods for teaching consulting skills, methods for training future teachers, collaborative teaching, and evaluation. In my collaborative research I work with physicians, scientists and other professionals in the Academic Health Center to design, carry out, analyze and publish research studies. I am particularly interested in medical research aimed at helping people in low and middle income countries (LMIC), evidence-based medicine, and meta-analysis. In my first career, I was a research chemist at DuPont and at Cargill Dow, and later an independent consultant, specializing in process analytical chemistry.


Biostatistical literacy, active learning, online learning, experiential learning, biostatistical consulting.

Awards & Recognition

  • Charles N. Hewitt Creative Teaching Award, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, 2014



See a full list of publications on Google Scholar

Selected Publications

  • Iroh Tam PY, Thielen BK, Obaro SK, Brearley AM, Kaizer AM, Chu H, Janoff EN. "Childhood pneumococcal disease in Africa - A systematic review and meta-analysis of incidence, serotype distribution, and antimicrobial susceptibility," Vaccine, March 2017
  • Prunuske AJ, Henn L, Brearley AM, Prunuske J. "A Randomized Crossover Design to Assess Learning Impact and Student Preference for Active and Passive Online Learning Modules," Medical Science Educator, 2016
  • Slusher TM, Olusanya BO, Vreman HJ, Brearley AM, Vaucher YE, Lund TC, Wong RJ, Emokpae AA, Stevenson DK. "A Randomized Trial of Phototherapy with Filtered Sunlight in African Neonates," New England Journal of Medicine, Sept 2015
  • Nelson KS, Brearley AM, Haines SJ. "Evidence-based assessment of well-established interventions: the parachute and the epidural hematoma," Neurosurgery, Nov 2014
  • Slusher TM, Vreman HJ, Olusanya BO, Wong RJ, Brearley AM, Vaucher YE, Stevenson DK. "Safety and efficacy of filtered sunlight in treatment of jaundice in African neonates," Pediatrics, June 2014


Teaching Areas

I have taught PubH 6414, Biostatistical Methods I, since 2008. In 2013, I developed and piloted a new version of the course which uses active learning methods to help medical and public health professionals learn to read and interpret statistical results in the primary literature. The "new" PubH 6414, Biostatistical Literacy has been offered both in-person and online since 2014.

I co-teach PubH 7465, Biostatistics Consulting.

I serve on the faculty for the Minnesota Summer Institute on Biostatistics (SIBS). I helped develop the Biostatistics 4+1 program, which allows undergraduate students to obtain their bachelor's and master's degrees within five years. I coordinate the Biostatistics instructors group, co-chair the Biostatistics Curriculum Committee, and serve on the SPH Educational Policy Committee.

I’m active in the TSHS section of the American Statistical Association, and currently serve as editor of the TSHS Resources Portal.


  • Pub 6414, Biostatistical Literacy
  • PubH 6451, Biostatistical Methods II
  • PubH 7465, Biostatistics Consulting