Why Study Biostatistics?

Biostatistics solves public health and medical problems using statistics, including innovative quantitative methods.

  • According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, statistic...
    • will experience employment growth of 14% between 2010–20
    • is an occupation in a high-growth industry
  • Employment opportunities for biostatisticians are increasing

Biostatistics research is important to public health because it...

  • Analyzes the effectiveness of new drugs
  • Analyzes the risk factors for different illnesses
  • Evaluates health care interventions
  • Explains biological phenomena

The Department of Biostatistics is involved in the following national research:

  • Determination of the cause of behavioral problems in young adolescents
  • Evaluation of imaging systems
  • Evaluation of risk factors for obesity and diabetes
  • Study of tumor growth
  • Treatment for psychiatric patients
  • Treatment and prevention of ear disease in children
  • treatment and survival of organ transplant patients

Graduates of the Department of Biostatistics are able to address health problems by appropriate problem definition, study design, data collection, data management, statistical analysis, and interpretation of results, as well as the following:

  • Develop and implement innovative statistical approaches
  • Communicate the results of biostatistical analyses to individuals with varying degrees of statistical knowledge
  • Recognize strengths and weaknesses of proposed approaches, including alternative designs, data sources, and analytic methods
  • Contribute to the body of knowledge in biostatistics