The lifeblood of research.

A Note to Our Admitted Graduate Students.

Please know that our priority during this challenging time is the well-being of our students and ensuring their ability to fulfill their academic program requirements. This applies to our current students as well as you, our incoming graduate students. Due to the growing impact of COVID-19, all prospective and accepted student days, interview days, and individual student visits will be moved to a virtual format.

We are also aware of the increasing concern around delayed visa appointments for our international students and delayed air travel for both our domestic and international students. Please be assured that we are currently working on alternative enrollment options for admitted students who are unable to make it to campus by the start of classes in September. You will be contacted via email with updates as they become available. Please be in touch if you have any questions or concerns.

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

Biostatistics News


  • Published On 5/7/2020Assessing the Veterans Health Administration''s response to intimate partner violence among women: protocol for a randomized hybrid type 2 implementation-effectiveness trial.Implementation science : ISread at PubMed
  • Published On 5/7/2020Smoking-by-genotype interaction in type 2 diabetes risk and fasting glucose.PloS oneread at PubMed
  • Published On 5/7/2020Does cartilage loss cause pain in osteoarthritis and if so, how much?Annals of the rheumatic diseasesread at PubMed
  • Published On 5/6/2020"Plus Ça Change…".Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of Americaread at PubMed
  • Published On 5/6/2020Food insecurity and substance use in people with HIV infection and substance use disorder.Substance abuseread at PubMed
  • Published On 5/6/2020Switching warfarin to direct oral anticoagulants in atrial fibrillation: Insights from the NCDR PINNACLE registry.Clinical cardiologyread at PubMed
  • Published On 5/6/2020Higher levels of alcohol use are associated with latent tuberculosis infection in adults living with HIV.Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of Americaread at PubMed
  • Published On 5/6/2020Obesity Progression between Young Adulthood and Midlife and Incident Arthritis: A Retrospective Cohort Study of US Adults.Arthritis care & researchread at PubMed
  • Published On 5/5/2020Understanding Observational Treatment Comparisons in the Setting of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).JAMA cardiologyread at PubMed
  • Published On 5/5/2020Overlap Weighting: A Propensity Score Method That Mimics Attributes of a Randomized Clinical Trial.JAMAread at PubMed