Founded in 1970, the Department of Biostatistics is a recognized leader in the statistical sciences.

A Tradition of Excellence

Founded in 1970, the Department of Biostatistics is a recognized leader in the statistical sciences. Its 89 faculty include a member of the United States National Academy of Sciences, two 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 more than 560 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 Veterans Administration. To complement our research, our Center for Biomedical Statistics provides consulting and collaborative services.

We offer Master of Science, Master of Public Health, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in quantitative methods applied to the medical and biological sciences. The health sciences, including biology, medicine, and genomics, continue to experience major changes in their development of the quantitative sciences, and technological advances generate huge quantities of information, biostatistical tools and concepts critical for data analysis. The techniques and viewpoints of mathematics and statistics, traditionally peripheral, are now woven into the fabric of the health sciences, thereby providing exciting new opportunities in research and teaching.

Many universities have instituted programs relating mathematics or statistics to one particular biological field. The goal of our biostatistics graduate program is to equip students to develop and apply quantitative techniques of mathematics, statistics, and computing appropriate to medicine, biology, and other health science disciplines.

Because of the excellence of our faculty members and their involvement in diverse statistical applications, as well as the high caliber of our students, our department produces outstanding graduates at all levels. Our students are recruited from programs in mathematics, statistics, and biology and are selected on the basis of their outstanding quantitative ability.