Motivated by the unique ethical challenges posed by working with human subjects and by the complexity of human, biological and public health systems, biostatistical research involves the development of new and innovative statistical methods for analyzing biomedical and public health data.
Biostatisticians can design efficient public health surveys, clinical trials, and biomedical experiments that minimize the number of subjects exposed to inferior treatments, and maximize the amount of information obtained from the study subjects while securing the privacy of sensitive human-subjects data. Biostatisticians seek to develop new and innovative statistical methods for efficient analysis of the resulting data, yielding scientifically-defensible conclusions regarding the impact of risk factors and medical therapies on disease, quality life and health of human populations.
The primary objective of the M.S. Program in Biostatistics, administrated by the College’s Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, is to train students in the application and evaluation of core biostatistical methods for application in public health and biomedicine. Student completing the program are trained in core biostatistical methods, design of experiments and public health surveys, statistical computing, biostatistical consulting, probability, and mathematical statistics.