The lifeblood of research.

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

Graduate Certificate in Modern Biostatistics in Clinical Trials

Graduate Certificate in Statistical Genetics

Biostatistics News

Biostatistics Events


  • Published On 3/1/2019Natural History of Obesity Subphenotypes: Dynamic Changes Over Two Decades and Prognosis in the Framingham Heart Study.The Journal of clinical endocrinology and metabolismread at PubMed
  • Published On 3/1/2019Prescriber Compliance With Liver Monitoring Guidelines for Pazopanib in the Postapproval Setting: Results From a Distributed Research Network.Journal of patient safetyread at PubMed
  • Published On 2/15/2019A Longitudinal Study of Trunk Muscle Properties and Severity of Thoracic Kyphosis in Women and Men: The Framingham Study.The journals of gerontology. Series A, Biological sciences and medical sciencesread at PubMed
  • Published On 2/15/2019Cross-Sectional Association of Frailty and Arterial Stiffness in Community-Dwelling Older Adults: The Framingham Heart Study.The journals of gerontology. Series A, Biological sciences and medical sciencesread at PubMed
  • Published On 2/15/2019Association of metformin, sulfonylurea and insulin use with brain structure and function and risk of dementia and Alzheimer''s disease: Pooled analysis from 5 cohorts.PloS oneread at PubMed
  • Published On 2/14/2019Equalization of four cardiovascular risk algorithms after systematic recalibration: individual-participant meta-analysis of 86 prospective studies.European heart journalread at PubMed
  • Published On 2/14/2019Genomics of posttraumatic stress disorder in veterans: Methods and rationale for Veterans Affairs Cooperative Study #575B.International journal of methods in psychiatric researchread at PubMed
  • Published On 2/12/2019Revisit Population-based and Family-based Genotype Imputation.Scientific reportsread at PubMed
  • Published On 2/11/2019Methionine Sulfoxide Reductase-B3 Risk Allele Implicated in Alzheimer's Disease Associates with Increased Odds for Brain Infarcts.Journal of Alzheimer's disease : JADread at PubMed
  • Published On 2/10/2019Single-number summary and decision analytic measures can happily coexist.Statistics in medicineread at PubMed