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  MS in Applied Biostatistics

PhD in Biostatistics  MPH

Graduate Certificate in Modern Biostatistics in Clinical Trials

Graduate Certificate in Statistical Genetics

Biostatistics News

Biostatistics Events


  • Published On 2/22/2017Hardware and software for collecting microscopic trajectory data on naturalistic driving behaviorJournal of Intelligent Transportation Systems read at Custom
  • Published On 2/3/2017A Revised Framingham Stroke Risk Profile to Reflect Temporal Trends.Circulationread at PubMed
  • Published On 2/2/2017Clinical and Environmental Correlates of Serum BDNF: A descriptive study with plausible implications for AD research.Current Alzheimer researchread at PubMed
  • Published On 1/31/2017Cerebral Microbleeds as Predictors of Mortality: The Framingham Heart Study.Strokeread at PubMed
  • Published On 1/18/2017Novel genetic loci associated with hippocampal volume.Nature communicationsread at PubMed
  • Published On 1/18/2017Hospital Variation in Utilization of Life-Sustaining Treatments among Patients with Do Not Resuscitate Orders.Health services researchread at PubMed
  • Published On 1/17/2017Long-Term Exposure to NO2 and Ozone and Hypertension Incidence in the Black Women''s Health Study.American journal of hypertensionread at PubMed
  • Published On 1/13/2017Factors associated with non-completion of follow-up: 33-month latent tuberculous infection treatment trial.The international journal of tuberculosis and lung disease : the official journal of the International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseaseread at PubMed
  • Published On 1/12/2017Genome-Wide Association Studies of Multiple Keratinocyte Cancers.PloS oneread at PubMed
  • Published On 1/11/2017Mild traumatic brain injury is associated with reduced cortical thickness in those at risk for Alzheimer''s disease.Brain : a journal of neurologyread at PubMed