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Welcome to the UMass Amherst graduate programs in Biostatistics!

This is an exciting time for Biostatistics. Did you know that, in 2016, Fortune magazine ranked a master’s degree in Biostatistics as the #1 best graduate degree for a job? Biostatisticians develop and apply statistical methods to scientific research in fields related to human health, such as clinical medicine, public health, epidemiology, and genetics. The UMass Biostatistics program is a dynamic and growing group of faculty all actively engaged in cutting-edge methodological and collaborative biomedical and public health research. Our nationally-recognized faculty receive research funding through grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Veterans Health Administration, and the Department of Defense. We have enduring partnerships with groups such as the World Health Organization and other international governmental health agencies. Additionally, we actively cultivate a culture of collaboration with other programs in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences as well as the College of Natural Sciences at UMass Amherst and medical establishments across the country. The Biostatistics faculty are actively involved the University of Massachusetts Center for Data Science and the UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science.

Take a look around. Biostatistics could be the field for you. We offer 3 graduate degree programs: the Ph.D., the Master of Science (M.S.) and the Master of Public Health (M.P.H.). PhD graduates are prepared for leadership, research, and teaching roles in academic and industry settings. Our MS program is flexible; we offer multiple tracks, ranging from two to four semesters to complete depending on prior course work. Our MS graduates are highly experienced and skilled in data analyses and posses a strong foundation in the theory of statistics.

If you’re not sure which program is right for you, or if you have questions about the application process and financial aid, please contact Diane Wolf.

The University of Massachusetts-Amherst Program of Biostatistics affirms its strong commitment to supporting diversity in all its forms, and actively seeks to provide a welcoming environment where all can thrive. Faculty, staff, students, or visitors experiencing abusive or harassing behavior are encouraged to initiate grievance procedures here. The Department maintains a zero-tolerance policy towards such behaviors and will hold any individuals found responsible for such behaviors accountable to the fullest extent permitted.

Welcome again to our website. Please look around. If you require any additional information or have any further questions, please contact us.

Carol Bigelow, Ph.D.
Program Head, Biostatistics