The lifeblood of research.

Data lead to answers.

Fundamental to public health research and policy, biostatistics is also one of the most interdisciplinary departments at Boston University School of Public Health. By designing studies, developing new methodologies, and extracting and analyzing information from data, we help inform decisions to promote better health.

Biostatistics faculty members are internationally recognized for methodological innovations in clinical trials and observational studies, statistical genetics analysis, and Bayesian methods. They have a long history of collaborating to address some of the world’s most pressing public health concerns, as well as training the next generation of students to tackle emerging public health and medical issues with cutting-edge methods and technological skills.

Areas in which we are active include genetic studies of risk factors for breast cancer; safety and efficacy assessments of a new Alzheimer’s disease drug; comparisons of patient outcomes with different behavioral interventions; and studies to identify genetic and non-genetic factors of healthy aging and extreme human longevity.

Affiliated Academic Programs:

MA in Biostatistics PhD in Biostatistics


Graduate Certificate in Modern Biostatistics in Clinical Trials

Graduate Certificate in Statistical Genetics

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Student Paper Competition

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MA and PhD Applications due Dec 1

Biostatistics News

Biostatistics Events


  • Published On 10/1/2016Sizanani: A Randomized Trial of Health System Navigators to Improve Linkage to HIV and TB Care in South Africa.Journal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes (1999)read at PubMed
  • Published On 10/1/2016Alcohol Consumption in Ugandan HIV-Infected Household-Brewers Versus Non-Brewers.AIDS and behaviorread at PubMed
  • Published On 9/19/2016Office-Based Assessment of At-Risk Driving in Older Adults With and Without Cognitive Impairment.Journal of geriatric psychiatry and neurologyread at PubMed
  • Published On 9/14/2016Alcohol Consumption, Left Atrial Diameter, and Atrial Fibrillation.Journal of the American Heart Associationread at PubMed
  • Published On 9/6/2016A Global View of the Relationships between the Main Behavioural and Clinical Cardiovascular Risk Factors in the GAZEL Prospective Cohort.PloS oneread at PubMed
  • Published On 9/2/2016Whole Exome Sequencing in Atrial Fibrillation.PLoS geneticsread at PubMed
  • Published On 9/2/2016Estimating State-Specific Contributions to PM2.5- and O3-Related Health Burden from Residential Combustion and Electricity Generating Unit Emissions in the United States.Environmental health perspectivesread at PubMed
  • Published On 9/1/2016Trust in Sources of Advice about Infant Care Practices: The SAFE Study.Maternal and child health journalread at PubMed
  • Published On 9/1/2016Recent Increases in the U.S. Maternal Mortality Rate: Disentangling Trends From Measurement Issues.Obstetrics and gynecologyread at PubMed
  • Published On 9/1/2016Reflectance Measures from Infant Ears With Normal Hearing and Transient Conductive Hearing Loss.Ear and hearingread at PubMed