Biostatistics is a discipline that develops and applies methodology for quantitative studies in public health and biomedical research. The methodology focuses on the design and analysis of health surveys, clinical trials, prevention trials, intervention studies, longitudinal studies, and laboratory studies.
The Department of Biostatistics, founded in 2004, is part of the College of Public Health and is composed of three divisions: Core Biostatistics, Cancer Biostatistics, and Biomedical Informatics. The department currently has 18 faculty, 17 PhD students, and 16 MPH students. The department is involved in offering a unique PhD program in Epidemiology and Biostatistics with the Department of Epidemiology that is intended to prepare professionals for a career in conducting population-based research and clinical trials. The cross-training and mentoring nature of the program is intended to develop independent researchers who will be skilled in designing and conducting studies, as well as analyzing and interpreting the results from increasing varieties of designs and databases in the public health and medical research domains. The department also offers a concentration within the MPH program, providing students with a general background in public health and appropriate methodological skills to work in applied settings in industry, government, and academia. Graduates with this concentration will be prepared for careers in areas that include data management, SAS programming/data analyst, clinical trials, outcomes research, and program evaluation.