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.

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Biostatistics News

Biostatistics Events


  • Published On 10/6/2016Practice Effects on Story Memory and List Learning Tests in the Neuropsychological Assessment of Older Adults.PloS oneread at PubMed
  • Published On 10/4/2016Association of Changes in Abdominal Fat Quantity and Quality With Incident Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors.Journal of the American College of Cardiologyread at PubMed
  • 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 9/27/201652 Genetic Loci Influencing Myocardial Mass.Journal of the American College of Cardiologyread at PubMed
  • Published On 9/20/2016Lung Cancer Screening Eligibility in the Community: Cardiovascular Risk Factors, Coronary Artery Calcification, and Cardiovascular Events.Circulationread 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 9/13/2016Hospital Variation in Home-Time After Acute Ischemic Stroke: Insights From the PROSPER Study (Patient-Centered Research Into Outcomes Stroke Patients Prefer and Effectiveness Research).Stroke; a journal of cerebral circulationread at PubMed
  • Published On 9/12/2016Meta-analysis identifies common and rare variants influencing blood pressure and overlapping with metabolic trait loci.Nature geneticsread at PubMed