The pandemic pushed a reality of public health into stark relief: We can’t underestimate the ability to harness the power of data to predict and stem the growth of disease outbreaks.

As an established big data leader, UMass Amherst plays a significant role in biostatistics. Our faculty work with the federal government, major hospital systems, and global organizations on projects ranging from the nation’s first COVID-19 Forecasting Hub to international HIV intervention studies. In recent years, we’ve conducted breakthrough metabolomics research examining the risk of chronic health conditions like heart disease and breast cancer.

With demand for biostatisticians growing worldwide, our students' opportunities will grow, too. UMass Amherst provides the strong analytic and quantitative skills for etiologic research, disease surveillance, program evaluation, and public health practice. Students engage in an array of activities using advanced skills in:

  • Theoretical and applied statistical methods
  • Quantitative evaluation and measurement
  • Statistical inferences