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 11/8/2017Clinical Utility of Select Neuropsychological Assessment Battery Tests in Predicting Functional Abilities in Dementia.Archives of clinical neuropsychology : the official journal of the National Academy of Neuropsychologistsread at PubMed
  • Published On 11/8/2017Racial Differences in Patterns of Use of Rehabilitation Services for Adults Aged 65 and Older.Journal of the American Geriatrics Societyread at PubMed
  • Published On 11/8/2017Blood pressure from mid- to late life and risk of incident dementia.Neurologyread at PubMed
  • Published On 11/8/2017Bone material strength index as measured by impact microindentation in postmenopausal women with distal radius and hip fractures.Journal of bone and mineral research : the official journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Researchread at PubMed
  • Published On 11/7/2017Genome-wide association study identifies a novel locus for cannabis dependence.Molecular psychiatryread at PubMed
  • Published On 11/7/2017Impact of Heart Outcomes Prevention Evaluation Trial on Statin Eligibility for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease: Insights from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.Circulationread at PubMed
  • Published On 11/7/2017Neuropsychological functioning in military pesticide applicators from the Gulf War: Effects on information processing speed, attention and visual memory.Neurotoxicology and teratologyread at PubMed
  • Published On 11/7/2017Erratum: Large meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies identifies five loci for lean body mass.Nature communicationsread at PubMed
  • Published On 11/6/2017Genetic variants associated with earlier age at menopause increase the risk of cardiovascular events in women.Menopause (New York, N.Y.)read at PubMed
  • Published On 11/4/2017Smoking paradox in the development of psoriatic arthritis among patients with psoriasis: a population-based study.Annals of the rheumatic diseasesread at PubMed