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Michael Otterstatter

Michael Otterstatter

Adjunct Professor, BSc, MSc, PhD, Senior Scientist at BCCDC



BC Centre for Disease Control 655 West 12th Avenue Vancouver, BC V5Z 4R4


Dr. Otterstatter’s work focuses on statistical and mathematical modeling of public health data in order to better understand disease epidemiology and to inform public health programs. This work spans communicable and chronic diseases, and recently includes leadership roles in the modelling and analysis of COVID-19 and opioid overdose in order to inform BC’s public health response.

Much of Dr. Otterstatter’s work involves collaboration and support to government and non-government stakeholders as a consultant and scientific advisor in epidemiology and biostatistics. He currently teaches Surveillance and Monitoring in Public Health at UBC and leads BCCDC Data Science Rounds.

Dr. Otterstatter holds a doctorate from the University of Toronto (2007), as well as MSc (2001) and BSc (1998) degrees from the University of Calgary. Previously, he was a postdoctoral fellow with Health Canada (2007-2009) and worked in cancer surveillance with the Public Health Agency of Canada in Ottawa (2009-2012). 

  • Senior Scientist in Data Science and Innovation, BCCDC