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Developing Innovative Statistical Methods

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 concentrations in either biostatistics (Master of Science or PhD) or public health statistics (Master of Public Health).
  • Choose biostatistics if you have a mathematics background and a strong interest in biology and public health. This program emphasizes 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.
  • Choose public health statistics if you already hold a professional degree and/or have a professional background in health (for example as a physician, nurse, dentist, pharmacist, veterinarian, or health administrator). This program will help you to understand and apply statistical methods in your field. It emphasizes the appropriate application of statistical methods, with less emphasis on statistical theory as compared to the biostatistics track.
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