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 2/10/2019Single-number summary and decision analytic measures can happily coexist.Statistics in medicineread at PubMed
  • Published On 2/1/2019Evidence for a Causal Role of the SH2B3-ß2M Axis in Blood Pressure Regulation.Hypertension (Dallas, Tex. : 1979)read at PubMed
  • Published On 2/1/2019Management of Reducible Ventral Hernias: Clinical Outcomes and Cost-effectiveness of Repair at Diagnosis Versus Watchful Waiting.Annals of surgeryread at PubMed
  • Published On 1/18/2019Mendelian Randomization Analysis of Hemoglobin A1c as a Risk Factor for Coronary Artery Disease.Diabetes careread at PubMed
  • Published On 1/17/2019Influence of Baseline Magnetic Resonance Imaging Features on Outcome of Arthroscopic Meniscectomy and Physical Therapy Treatment of Meniscal Tears in Osteoarthritis.The American journal of sports medicineread at PubMed
  • Published On 1/16/2019Genetic and lifestyle risk factors for MRI-defined brain infarcts in a population-based setting.Neurologyread at PubMed
  • Published On 1/11/2019C57BL/6 substrain differences in inflammatory and neuropathic nociception and genetic mapping of a major quantitative trait locus underlying acute thermal nociception.Molecular painread at PubMed
  • Published On 1/11/2019Provider opioid prescribing practices and the belief that opioids keep people living with HIV engaged in care: a cross-sectional study.AIDS careread at PubMed
  • Published On 1/9/2019Do Basic Unmet Maternal Needs Influence Infant Maltreatment Risk? A Nested Case-Control Study.Clinical pediatricsread at PubMed
  • Published On 1/8/2019PopCluster: an algorithm to identify genetic variants with ethnicity-dependent effects.Bioinformatics (Oxford, England)read at PubMed