Welcome Message

Carol BigelowWelcome to the UMass Amherst Program in Biostatistics. This is an exciting time for Biostatistics with the rapid emergence of new data driven challenges in biology and medicine and an unprecedented amount of data now available across the health domains. We are currently a dynamic and growing group of faculty all actively engaged in cutting-edge methodological and collaborative biomedical and public health research with a strong focus on analytic techniques for personalized medicine. Much of our current funding is through grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) including the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI). We have enduring partnerships 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 Program members are actively involved the UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science and the UMass Institute for Computational Biology, Biostatistics and Bioinformatics (ICB3). We also host the Biostatistics Consulting Center (BCC), which provides expertise in statistical analysis, study design, clinical trials, data management, and the coordination of multi-site studies.

We strive for an intellectually stimulating and engaging learning environment. Our students gain the tools to: 1) apply state of the art statistical and computational techniques to collaborative research in the areas of public health and translational medicine; 2) solve important biostatistics methods problems arising in the biomedical sciences; and 3) advance statistical literacy and disseminate new methods for biostatistical analyses. To this end, we offer 3 graduate degree programs: the Ph.D., Master of Science (M.S.) and the Master of Public Health (M.P.H.). Our graduates have obtained positions in academia, government and the private sector. Applicants are expected to have a strong quantitative background that includes familiarity with calculus and linear algebra. If you’re not sure which program is right for you, please contact our Admissions Coordinator, Rongheng Lin (rlin@schoolph.umass.edu). General questions about the application process and financial aid should be addressed to Diane Wolf (dwolf@schoolph.umass.edu).

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
cbigelow@schoolph.umass.edu