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About Us: Our Mission

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Founded in 1970, the Department of Biostatistics is a recognized leader in the statistical sciences. Its 83 faculty include a Member of the United States National Academy of Sciences, three Members of the Institute of Medicine and 20 Fellows of the American Statistical Association. Our postdoctoral and graduate students are among the most talented in the country, and 562 alumni hold leadership roles in academia, government and industry worldwide. The Department is a center of excellence for development and application of statistical methodology across the health sciences, and has collaborative partnerships with Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Children’s Hospital Research Institute, Group Health Research Institute, and the Veteran’s Administration. To complement our research, the Center for Biomedical Statistics was established to provide consulting and collaborative services. For additional information, please explore our website or contact us.

The mission of the Department of Biostatistics is to serve as a source of expertise and a focus for training and research in the quantitative aspects of public health and medicine, and to promote the use of rigorous quantitative methods in the biomedical and public health sciences.

To fulfill its mission, the Department has established the following goals:

  • To maintain and further enhance a strong, internationally recognized graduate program for the training of biostatisticians who can play leadership roles in academia, government and industry;
  • To maintain a vigorous program of independent biostatistical research as a means of developing new statistical methods for the biomedical and public health sciences and of providing research opportunities for students;
  • To provide quality courses in biostatistics for students enrolled in other departments of the School and elsewhere in the University;
  • To contribute to the advancement of knowledge in public health and medicine through participation in collaborative, interdisciplinary research;
  • To maintain and further develop a program of biostatistical consultation by students and faculty that is responsive to the needs of researchers in the health sciences;
  • To provide leadership in academic biostatistics and in formulating local and national public policy on quantitative aspects of public health and medicine through service on advisory boards and review committees and through other similar activities;
  • To promote the use of rigorous quantitative methods in public health and biomedicine through educational outreach and consultation programs that serve the broader community.
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