Our Approach

What's different about UW Biostatistics?

We're invested in you

Grow and explore where you can make a difference

Our goal is to mentor you to become a ground-breaking thinker and innovator in the field. Yes, you'll be challenged with rigorous academic work, but our faculty and staff also know you are transitioning from being a student to a practitioner. We give you time and encouragement to explore and grow your interests. You'll expand how you think about the field as well as how you study, ask questions, and think about yourself and your work.

UW Biostatistics first year students attend computer bootcamp, one of the introductory sessions you'll attend in your first week.

Be part of the UW scientific research community

As a Biostatistics student, you will be well-connected to the University of Washington's scientific research community. 

  • The UW is one of the top university recipients of federal research funds in the country. 
  • Our faculty are world-renowned in areas crucial to medicine, big data, and new statistical methods and are active in real-world research.
  • Our faculty and department maintains collaborative working relationships with other UW departments and groups.  Biostatistics is a department within the UW School of Public Health and also maintains a close working partnership with the Department of Statistics and departments within the UW School of Medicine
  • Living in Seattle places you directly in the center of the intellectual hub of Microsoft, Amazon, and top biotech companies.

Our research faculty and centers collaborate with many leading research organizations including Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Group Health Research Institute, Seattle Children’s Hospital, and the Veterans Administration (VA).

Prepare for your career

We believe that the time to think about a career is throughout graduate school. Our program prepares you to practice biostatistics on a range of scientific teams.You'll be connected with faculty and staff advisors in the department, and have opportunities to pursue internships, help develop research opportunities, connect with alumni, and utilize multiple career support services on campus. 

Enjoy social time

There's strong camaraderie among our students. Senior students mentor junior and first year students. Students form exam study sessions, trivia nights, go on impromptu road trips, and play on intramural sports teams. The department sponsors pizza parties, a spring potluck, and an annual autumn department retreat which includes a talent show. Students also serve on department committees focusing on curriculum, diversity, alumni relations, and student/faculty relations.

Students enjoy a lively competition during a relay event at the annual UW Biostatistics retreat.  This annual event brings students and faculty together for an evening or a weekend. Activities include poster sessions, dinner, trivia, games and a talent show. 


We care about you as a person. It's not a sink or swim mentality. Faculty and program support staff put a lot of energy and time to ensure you have the support you need. You'll experience this from your first week on campus while attending new student orientation and computer boot camp. Faculty and staff are there each step of the way helping you with everything from selecting courses, to navigating campus, to helping you find an apartment. Additionally, our department believes strongly in maintaining a healthy work/life balance. Visit our Students menu to explore more student resources.