Biostatistics Graduate Program

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Our program features rigorous classroom training, real-world apprenticing, exceptional computational preparation, and one-to-one mentoring in the theory, methods, and applications of biostatistics in biomedical research. We emphasize interdisciplinary collaboration while maintaining a strong methodologic identity. Our integrated curriculum is nondenominational with respect to the foundations of statistical inference, modern in its emphasis on computing and teaching of statistical principles, aggressive in involving students in biomedical research early in their career, and sui generis in its emphasis on communication skills. Regardless of the graduate’s career path in academics, industry, or government, these skills are critical to the successful biostatistician.

Frank Harrell
Frank Harrell, Ph.D.
Professor and Chairman

Biostatisticians are specialists in the evaluation of data as scientific evidence. They understand the generic construct of data and they provide the mathematical framework that transcends the scientific context and generalizes the findings. Their expertise includes the design and conduct of experiments, the mode and manner in which data are collected, the analysis of data, and the interpretation of results. Meaningful generalization of experimental results requires the application of an appropriate mathematical framework for the scientific context. The validity of research results depends on this application and the reproducibility of the experimental methods. Biostatisticians use mathematics to enhance science and bridge the gap between theory and practice.

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