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 10/1/2017Evidence on the Validity of a Comprehensive Health Risk Index and Implications for Ambulatory Care and Population Health Management.The Journal of ambulatory care managementread at PubMed
  • Published On 10/1/2017Genome-wide Association Study of Parental Life Span.The journals of gerontology. Series A, Biological sciences and medical sciencesread at PubMed
  • Published On 9/19/2017Age of first exposure to American football and long-term neuropsychiatric and cognitive outcomes.Translational psychiatryread at PubMed
  • Published On 9/12/2017Regulation of autophagy, NF-?B signaling, and cell viability by miR-124 in KRAS mutant mesenchymal-like NSCLC cells.Science signalingread at PubMed
  • Published On 9/12/2017Guideline Recommendations for Statin Therapy-Reply.JAMAread at PubMed
  • Published On 9/12/2017Genetic Interactions with Age, Sex, Body Mass Index, and Hypertension in Relation to Atrial Fibrillation: The AFGen Consortium.Scientific reportsread at PubMed
  • Published On 9/12/2017Impact of common genetic determinants of Hemoglobin A1c on type 2 diabetes risk and diagnosis in ancestrally diverse populations: A transethnic genome-wide meta-analysis.PLoS medicineread at PubMed
  • Published On 9/2/2017Relationship Between Laryngeal Sensory Deficits, Aspiration, and Pneumonia in Patients with Dysphagia.Dysphagiaread at PubMed
  • Published On 9/1/2017Academic Achievement Deficits and Their Neuropsychological Correlates in Children Born Extremely Preterm.Journal of developmental and behavioral pediatrics : JDBPread at PubMed
  • Published On 9/1/2017The global burden of tuberculosis mortality in children: a mathematical modelling study.The Lancet. Global healthread at PubMed