The Biostatistics (BIOSTATS) area of study is focused heavily on research to address challenges in public health, biomedical research, and computational biology. BIOSTATS students receive rigorous training in statistical theory and methods, as well as in computation. 

Biostatisticians play a unique role in safeguarding public health and improving lives through quantitative research. Working closely with medical professionals in the Longwood Medical Area, BIOSTATS students are taught to use what they learn in the classroom to address realistic challenges. 

BIOSTATS can be integrated into four different degree paths, providing students with the innovative skills they need to develop and evaluate policies to improve population health. 

Department overview

The Department of Biostatistics offers an unparalleled environment to pursue research and education in statistical science while being at the forefront of efforts to benefit the health of populations worldwide. 

Degree programs

Student interests

Students who choose Biostatistics (BIOSTATS) area of study are socially interested mathematicians interested in joining a top growing field in public health. All students in the SM or PhD programs are dedicated to public health research. 

Career outcomes 

BIOSTATS offers a well-rounded curriculum that can be applied across a variety of disciplines for career growth. 

Graduates of the Master of Science (SM) programs have found employment as: 

  • Research analysts at consulting firms 
  • Program coordinators at community-based organizations 
  • Project directors at city, state, and federal health commissions 
  • Leadership positions at non-profit organizations 

Graduates of the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program have found employment in: 

  • Postdoctoral positions 
  • Tenure-track faculty positions 
  • Management/research positions at government agencies and pharmaceutical companies