Who can determine whether a medical treatment will work?
Biostatisticians often can. By looking at empirical data, such as the outcome of a clinical trial, they can predict whether a medical treatment will help a sick patient.
In the Department of Biostatistics, we develop innovative statistical methods to address public health challenges. Our faculty provides leadership in public health and biomedical research efforts that have a major impact on the prevention and treatment of disease. Graduates from our program assume leadership positions in academia, government, and industry.
The department offers two degree programs in biostatistics
(Master of Science
- Biostatistics programs are for students who have a mathematics
background and a strong interest in biology and public health. The programs
emphasize statistical theory and methods and will prepare you to design,
execute, and collaborate on all types of studies as well as contribute to the
methodological development of biostatistics. Approximately 65 percent of
students in the department are pursuing doctoral degrees in biostatistics. PhD
students may choose to specialize in statistical genetics.