The Biostatistics concentration in the University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences 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. Biostatistics offers a wide range of academic programs which integrate core statistical literacy and methods with the health related biological sciences, including:
- Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)
- Master of Science (M.S.)
- Accelerated Master of Science (M.S.)
- Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Biostatistics’ central role in the analysis of public health and biomedical data represent outstanding opportunities.
In the Spotlight
In what the authors believe is the first documented comparison of several real-time infectious disease forecasting models by different teams across many seasons, five research groups report this week that a majority of models consistently showed higher accuracy than historical baseline models. Led by Associate Professor of Biostatistics Nicholas Reich, the research teams formed a consortium called the FluSight Network and compared the forecast accuracy of 20 models compared to a historical baseline seasonal average.
Assistant Professor of Biostatistics Laura Balzer is the lead statistician on a cluster randomized trial designed to prevent and treat HIV and other health conditions in East African communities. In a trial with over 350,000 adults and children in rural Kenya and Uganda, the Sustainable East Africa Research in Community Health (SEARCH) study resulted in 21 percent fewer HIV deaths, reduced tuberculosis by 59%, and improved control of hypertension by 26%.
The Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the University of Massachusetts School of Public Health and Health Sciences provides students with strong analytic and quantitative skills needed to conduct professional level public health research, disease surveillance, program evaluation, and public health practice.