The fields of biostatistics and epidemiology have grown steadily in importance and prominence for several decades. Recent growth has been due in large part to increasing reliance on large, statistically designed prospective studies in medical research and by the increasing use of computers to produce and analyze large and complex scientific databases. Federal reviews of manpower needs cite biostatistics and epidemiology as critical areas, and the job searching experience of our recent graduates (they find good positions very easily) indicates that the demand for students with pre- and postdoctoral training is high and increasing. The National Institutes of Health has recognized this shortage and is instituting a Trans-NIH Institutional Program to increase the number of training grant slots available to train pre-doctoral biostatisticians. The Departments of Biostatistics and Epidemiology conduct substantial programs in methodologic and applied research in AIDS. These activities, create many opportunities for students to participate in AIDS research. Harvard School of Public Health has also made a concerted commitment to fight the epidemic. This effort includes the founding and ongoing support of the AIDS Institute to provide a forum for an interdisciplinary effort.
Our training program combines strong methodologic training in biostatistics and epidemiology together with collaborative research in immunology, virology, behavioral science and the clinical treatment of HIV infection. It thus provides excellent preparation for careers in the study and management of retroviral diseases; this training is also valuable as a foundation for controlling other infectious diseases.
and tuition support for this training program is funded through a National
Institutes of Health grant (T32 AI007358).