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 12/1/2018Effect of Antiretroviral Therapy on Treatment Outcomes in a Prospective Study of Extensively Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis (XDR-TB) HIV Coinfection Treatment in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.Journal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes (1999)read at PubMed
  • Published On 11/9/2018Dissecting the genetic relationship between cardiovascular risk factors and Alzheimer''s disease.Acta neuropathologicaread at PubMed
  • Published On 11/5/2018Genetic Interaction with Plasma Lipids on Alzheimer''s Disease in the Framingham Heart Study.Journal of Alzheimer''s disease : JADread at PubMed
  • Published On 11/5/2018Co-occurrence of early diabetes-related complications in adolescents and young adults with type 1 diabetes: an observational cohort study.The Lancet. Child & adolescent healthread at PubMed
  • Published On 11/4/2018Variation in TMEM106B in chronic traumatic encephalopathy.Acta neuropathologica communicationsread at PubMed
  • Published On 11/2/2018Hypogonadal men with moderate-to-severe lower urinary tract symptoms have a more severe cardiometabolic risk profile and benefit more from testosterone therapy than men with mild lower urinary tract symptoms.Investigative and clinical urologyread at PubMed
  • Published On 11/1/2018Genome Analyses of >200,000 Individuals Identify 58 Loci for Chronic Inflammation and Highlight Pathways that Link Inflammation and Complex Disorders.American journal of human geneticsread at PubMed
  • Published On 11/1/2018Exploring Host-Microbe Interactions in Lung Cancer.American journal of respiratory and critical care medicineread at PubMed
  • Published On 10/29/2018Cough-aerosol cultures of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in the prediction of outcomes after exposure. A household contact study in Brazil.PloS oneread at PubMed
  • Published On 10/28/2018Cost-effectiveness of alternative anticoagulation strategies for postoperative management of total knee arthroplasty patients.Arthritis care & researchread at PubMed