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 3/8/2019A magnetic resonance spectroscopy investigation in symptomatic former NFL players.Brain imaging and behaviorread at PubMed
  • Published On 3/6/2019Failure to detect an association between self-reported traumatic brain injury and Alzheimer's disease neuropathology and dementia.Alzheimer's & dementia : the journal of the Alzheimer's Associationread at PubMed
  • Published On 3/4/2019Circulating fibroblast growth factor 23 levels and incident dementia: The Framingham heart study.PloS oneread at PubMed
  • Published On 3/4/2019Assessment of Plasma Total Tau Level as a Predictive Biomarker for Dementia and Related Endophenotypes.JAMA neurologyread at PubMed
  • Published On 3/1/2019Natural History of Obesity Subphenotypes: Dynamic Changes Over Two Decades and Prognosis in the Framingham Heart Study.The Journal of clinical endocrinology and metabolismread at PubMed
  • Published On 3/1/2019Clustering of temporal gene expression data with mixtures of mixed effects models with a penalized likelihood.Bioinformatics (Oxford, England)read at PubMed
  • Published On 3/1/2019Relationship Between Patient-Reported Swelling and Magnetic Resonance Imaging-Defined Effusion-Synovitis in Patients With Meniscus Tears and Knee Osteoarthritis.Arthritis care & researchread at PubMed
  • Published On 3/1/2019Prescriber Compliance With Liver Monitoring Guidelines for Pazopanib in the Postapproval Setting: Results From a Distributed Research Network.Journal of patient safetyread at PubMed
  • Published On 3/1/2019Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Genome-Wide Interaction Analyses Reveal DPP10-Pulmonary Function Association.American journal of respiratory and critical care medicineread at PubMed
  • Published On 2/28/2019Genetic meta-analysis of diagnosed Alzheimer''s disease identifies new risk loci and implicates Aß, tau, immunity and lipid processing.Nature geneticsread at PubMed