The Biostatistics concentration, as part of the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, prepares students to unravel complex health issues by integrating traditional basic knowledge of biostatistics with innovative research in the biological sciences, along with the core areas of public health and the related health science disciplines. We provide students with strong analytic and quantitative skills necessary for etiologic research, disease surveillance, program evaluation, and public health practice.
Biostatistics offers a wide range of academic programs, including Master of Public Health (M.P.H.), Master of Science (M.S.), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree options. The primary goals of Biostatistics are to create the theoretical and applied statistical methods necessary to design laboratory, medical, and public health studies; to undertake quantitative evaluation and measurement; and to use statistical inferences to arrive at appropriate conclusions from medical and public health data.
Our award-winning faculty has decades’ worth of experience educating students in the classroom and in research settings, preparing future generations of professionals and researchers in the field. The faculty fosters a unique environment in which practical involvement in transdisciplinary research collaborations enhance learning and provide a dynamic, rewarding environment. Working closely with the Epidemiology faculty, faculty are involved in multiple avenues of research, including community-based research, survey and sampling methodology, and genomics.
The Biostatistics concentration is a part of the Department of Biostatistics & Epidemiology in the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences (SPHHS). The SPHHS is fully accredited by the Council of Education for Public Health, and is a member of the Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health.