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:

MS in Biostatistics MS in Applied Biostatistics

PhD in Biostatistics Master of Public Health

Recent Department News

Latest Publications

  • Published On 2/16/2024Translating ethical and quality principles for the effective, safe and fair development, deployment and use of artificial intelligence technologies in healthcare.Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIAread at PubMed
  • Published On 2/15/2024The built-in selection bias of hazard ratios formalized using structural causal models.Lifetime data analysisread at PubMed
  • Published On 2/14/2024Lipoprotein(a), C-Reactive Protein, and Cardiovascular Risk in Primary and Secondary Prevention Populations.JAMA cardiologyread at PubMed
  • Published On 2/9/2024Inflammatory biomarkers for neurobehavioral dysregulation in former American football players: findings from the DIAGNOSE CTE Research Project.Journal of neuroinflammationread at PubMed
  • Published On 2/7/2024Targeted Proteomics Reveals Functional Targets for Early Diabetes Susceptibility in Young Adults.Circulation. Genomic and precision medicineread at PubMed