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 goals of Ph.D. Program in Biostatistics, administrated by the College’s Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, are to:
- Advance the discipline of Biostatistics through the development of new and innovative biostatistical methods with applications in Public Health and Biomedicine.
- Improve the quality of public health and biomedical investigations through the use of sound study design and the appropriate application of state-of-the-art biostatistical methods.
- Create the next generation of epidemiologists who can respond to the challenges in public health in the future, educate future students in the field, and provide service to the community.
- Serve the larger communities in which we live and work, by using our special skills and knowledge.