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 5/1/2018Familial clustering of hypertensive target organ damage in the community.Journal of hypertensionread at PubMed
  • Published On 4/15/2018Alcohol Use and HIV Disease Progression in an Antiretroviral Naive Cohort.Journal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes (1999)read at PubMed
  • Published On 4/13/2018Total Cardiovascular Events Analysis of the EXAMINE Trial in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes and Recent Acute Coronary Syndrome.Clinical cardiologyread at PubMed
  • Published On 4/12/2018Outcomes of Peripheral Vascular Interventions in Select Patients With Lower Extremity Acute Limb Ischemia.Journal of the American Heart Associationread at PubMed
  • Published On 4/9/2018Refining the accuracy of validated target identification through coding variant fine-mapping in type 2 diabetes.Nature geneticsread at PubMed
  • Published On 4/2/2018A high throughput, functional screen of human Body Mass Index GWAS loci using tissue-specific RNAi Drosophila melanogaster crosses.PLoS geneticsread at PubMed
  • Published On 4/1/2018Incisor malalignment and the risk of periodontal disease progression.American journal of orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics : official publication of the American Association of Orthodontists, its constituent societies, and the American Board of Orthodonticsread at PubMed
  • Published On 4/1/2018Pan-tuberculosis regimens: an argument against.The Lancet. Respiratory medicineread at PubMed
  • Published On 4/1/2018Barriers to medication adherence and links to cardiovascular disease risk factor control: the Framingham Heart Study.Internal medicine journalread at PubMed
  • Published On 4/1/2018Brief Report: Assessing the Association Between Changing NRTIs When Initiating Second-Line ART and Treatment Outcomes.Journal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes (1999)read at PubMed