World Class Training in Biostatistics

A central tenet that underlies our programs is the importance of combining solid training in statistical theory, methods, and computing with exposure to important applications in public health, the biological sciences, medicine, and computational biology.  This belief is reflected in all of our courses, as well as in the research topics selected for doctoral dissertations. Our location in the heart of Boston’s Longwood Medical Area – home to many world-class hospitals – makes collaboration with eminent clinical researchers both convenient and a natural extension of the educational experience.

Degree Programs

The Department offers 5 unique degree programs 

designed for students with varying backgrounds and goals:

  • PhD in Biostatistics
  • 60-credit Master of Science in Biostatistics
  • 80-credit Master of Science in Biostatistics
  • 42.5-credit Master of Science in Biostatistics
  • 80-credit Master of Science in Computational Biology & Quantitative Genetics


We provide full financial support (tuition, fees, and stipend) to all doctoral students in good standing for 4 to 5 years.

This support comes from a variety of sources, including:

  • NIH training and research grants
  • Teaching fellowships
  • Competitive HSPH & GSAS scholarships


We believe our students’ graduate experience is enriched and enhanced by a diverse student body.

The Harvard School of Public Health and our Department are committed to diversity at all levels, and we welcome applications from underrepresented minority, women, disabled, and economically-disadvantaged students.  Our Department draws students from all parts of the world, including Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Central and South America, and Eastern and Western Europe.