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

Biostatistics News

Biostatistics Events


  • Published On 8/17/2016Analysis of protein-coding genetic variation in 60,706 humans.Natureread at PubMed
  • Published On 8/9/2016Loss of Function of GALNT2 Lowers High-Density Lipoproteins in Humans, Nonhuman Primates, and Rodents.Cell metabolismread at PubMed
  • Published On 8/9/2016Open Access Platforms for Sharing Clinical Trial Data-Reply.JAMAread at PubMed
  • Published On 8/4/2016The genetic architecture of type 2 diabetes.Natureread at PubMed
  • Published On 8/4/2016Aortic Stiffness and the Risk of Incident Mild Cognitive Impairment and Dementia.Stroke; a journal of cerebral circulationread at PubMed
  • Published On 8/4/2016Whole-Exome Sequencing Identifies Loci Associated with Blood Cell Traits and Reveals a Role for Alternative GFI1B Splice Variants in Human Hematopoiesis.American journal of human geneticsread at PubMed
  • Published On 8/3/2016Live cumulative network meta-analysis: protocol for second-line treatments in advanced non-small-cell lung cancer with wild-type or unknown status for epidermal growth factor receptor.BMJ openread at PubMed
  • Published On 8/2/2016Risk of renal cell carcinoma following exposure to metalworking fluids among autoworkers.Occupational and environmental medicineread at PubMed
  • Published On 8/1/2016The Impact of Financial Conflicts of Interest in Plastic Surgery: Are They All Created Equal?Annals of plastic surgeryread at PubMed
  • Published On 8/1/2016Transfer function-derived central pressure and cardiovascular disease events: the Framingham Heart Study.Journal of hypertensionread at PubMed