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Biostatistics

As a biostatistician in public health, you play a critical role in almost any research with public health and policy implications. It might be a genetic study of risk factors for breast cancer, a safety and efficacy assessment of a new Alzheimer’s disease drug, or a comparison of patient outcomes with different treatments. Your skills are needed and highly sought after in every phase of research, from study design to data interpretation.

Interdisciplinary, wide-ranging research

As you might expect, biostatistics is one of the most interdisciplinary departments in the School of Public Health. Our 25 faculty members bring together exceptional expertise in statistical genetics, clinical trials, and observational studies. They are deeply involved in a wide range of methodological and collaborative research projects—healthy aging and longevity, Gulf War illness, DNA sequencing, and Superfund research on the impact of hazardous waste sites on community health, to name just a few.

Our research activities continue to grow as faculty members secure new grant awards and publish papers in prominent, peer-reviewed journals each year. As a graduate student, you’ll find opportunities to assist in ongoing projects during the course of your studies. In teaching our students, we emphasize the statistical aspects of research, including study design, data management, and statistical analysis, as well as communicating the results in a meaningful way.

Outstanding, accessible faculty members

As a SPH student, you’ll learn from and work closely with professors who excel as educators and advisors as well as researchers. In 2011–12, seven members of our faculty were awarded Excellence in Teaching awards.

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