Training the Next Generation of Biostatisticians

With its rich history of innovation, the Department of Biostatistics at the Harvard Chan School provides an exceptional opportunity for students to join faculty in carrying on our tradition of addressing the greatest challenges in public health, biomedical research, and computational biology. Our programs provide students with a rigorous training in statistical theory and methods as well as in computation—and to use what they learn in the classroom to address important, real-world problems.

Students are part of a community of leading scientists and educators from around the world. Our location in the heart of Boston’s Longwood Medical Area–home to Harvard Medical School, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and many world-class hospitals–makes collaboration with eminent laboratory and clinical researchers a natural part 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 SPH & GSAS scholarships


Students’ educational and research experience are enriched by the diversity of our community.

The Harvard Chan School 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.