Boston University offers its students an enormous array of intellectual opportunities and resources on both the Medical and Charles River Campuses. In addition to the academic requirements, it is up to you to make choices that best enhance your career preparation. In order to assist you with these decisions, you will be assigned a faculty advisor in your concentration shortly after accepting the School’s offer of admission. Together, you and your advisor develop an individualized course of study based on your career goals, full or part-time status, and the timing of course offerings. Your advisor can help you make the most of your investment by helping you to help you choose and tailor courses to meet your interests and to create schedules that will build your skills and increase your knowledge. Advisors can also be of help regarding work, field experience opportunities, networking, general guidance and career planning. Please contact the Biostatistics Curriculum Coordinator, Amanda Velez (, if you need help in locating your advisor.

You and your advisor will also have access to an online degree requirements tracking system called “Degree Advice” on the Student Link. This system is best used as a complement to meeting with your advisor. It is not a failsafe accounting of your degree progress. You can also refer to the MPH Graduation Audit Sheets provided by the Registrar’s Office.

Students should consult with their assigned advisors as soon as possible after entering the concentration to discuss their overall goals and plan a course of study. Prior to the start of each semester, concentrators must consult with their advisors to plan and review their program for the upcoming semester.

We encourage you to talk with your advisor any time you are concerned about your ability to remain in strong academic standing. S/he will contact you if it appears that you are at risk for being placed on academic probation. The role of your advisor is to support you and collaborate with you on a learning plan that will facilitate your success.

In addition to your assigned academic advisor, you are welcome to consult with any faculty member in any department, your curriculum coordinator, or staff in the Registrar’s, Student Services, or Education Offices. We have an open door policy here at the School and hope you’ll make the most of all of the resources available to you.

If you have questions, concerns, or comments about the overall academic curriculum and policies of the concentration or the advising process, please speak with Biostatistics MPH Program Director, Tim Heeren (