Biostatistics Concentrator’s Guide 2013-14

Overview of the Biostatistics Concentration

Statisticians have a long history in the biomedical sciences. Today, biostatisticians play a critical role in studies of risk factors for disease, in assessing safety and efficacy of new therapies in clinical trials, and in the evaluation of patient outcomes. The results of these studies have public health and policy implications. From discussions with investigators about fine-tuning research questions to developing appropriate study designs, planning and implementing proper statistical analyses, and writing up the results, biostatisticians are involved in all aspects of research investigations. The goals of the faculty of the Department of Biostatistics are to participate actively in innovative research, advance medical and statistical science, and work closely with students so that they may acquire the knowledge to pursue productive careers in medical and public health research at the highest levels.

There continues to be high demand for graduates with biostatistical training for positions in the public health sector, hospitals, private industry including pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, and research in both academic and private institutions.

Mastering the principles of biostatistics provides students with the skills to plan and evaluate study designs, to map out and implement appropriate statistical methods for data analysis, and to draw valid conclusions from analytical results. Our programs provide students with practical skills that can be applied immediately in a variety of career pathways as well as the breadth and depth of knowledge that will provide a foundation for understanding the goals of quantitative research.

The mission of the Department of Biostatistics is to:

  • teach students the proper conduct of research studies through rigorous study design and appropriate descriptive and analytic methods that enable valid, interpretable conclusions to be drawn
  • collaborate in research projects to ensure that studies are properly designed, appropriately analyzed, and suitably interpreted
  • develop and evaluate new methods of biostatistical analysis and strategies for study design

Biostatistics Communications

There are several ways to stay in touch with faculty and other students and to be informed about events and opportunities in the Biostatistics concentration.

  • Biostatistics Listserv: Students are automatically added to the Biostatistics MPH students listserv upon setting up their BU email address and registering for classes. Events and internship and employment opportunities are frequently sent through the listserv.
  • Biostatistics Yammer Group: The Biostatistics Concentrators’ group on Yammer is an academic and social resource where students can network, share ideas, and stay up-to-date on Biostats news and events.
  • Biostatistics Department website

Please contact Amanda Velez, your Curriculum Coordinator, with any questions.