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


  • 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
  • Published On 8/1/2016Effectiveness of a novel cellular therapy to treat multidrug-resistant tuberculosis.Journal of clinical tuberculosis and other mycobacterial diseasesread at PubMed
  • Published On 7/22/2016Socioeconomic and Racial Disparities in the Parental Perception and Experience of Having a Medical Home: 2007 to 2011-2012.Academic pediatricsread at PubMed
  • Published On 7/19/2016Impacts of religious semantic priming on an intertemporal discounting task: Response time effects and neural correlates.Neuropsychologiaread at PubMed
  • Published On 7/18/2016Olfactory Function and Associated Clinical Correlates in Former NFL Players.Journal of neurotraumaread at PubMed
  • Published On 7/18/2016The impact of non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses on mortality.American journal of industrial medicineread at PubMed
  • Published On 7/18/2016Sexual violence from police and HIV risk behaviours among HIV-positive women who inject drugs in St. Petersburg, Russia - a mixed methods study.Journal of the International AIDS Societyread at PubMed
  • Published On 7/6/2016Plasma Fibroblast Growth Factor 23: Clinical Correlates and Association With Cardiovascular Disease and Mortality in the Framingham Heart Study.Journal of the American Heart Associationread at PubMed
  • Published On 7/1/2016Tuberculosis transmission: sputum vs aerosols.The Lancet. Infectious diseasesread at PubMed