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; identification of risk factors for stroke and dementia in longitudinal studies; and studies to identify genetic and non-genetic factors of healthy aging and extreme human longevity.

Academic Programs

The Department of Biostatistics staff and faculty participate in interdisciplinary master’s and doctoral degrees. The department houses the MS in Applied Biostatistics and department faculty also collaborate with Boston University’s Graduate School of Arts & Sciences in offering a Master of Arts in Biostatistics and a Doctor of Philosophy in Biostatistics. Admission to the MA and PhD programs in biostatistics is through the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. For more information, call 617-638-5207.