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The Department of Biostatistics develops quantitative methodologies and tools for rigorous scientific research to solve the world’s most challenging problems in biology, medicine and public health. Our view of biostatistics encompasses all aspects of the scientific method, from study design and data collection to computation, statistical analysis and interpretation of findings. Department faculty are leaders in the development and application of statistical methods in genetics/genomics and bioinformatics, epidemiology, causal inference, clinical trials, spatial/spatiotemporal data, high-dimensional analysis, biomedical imaging and statistical computation. 

Division of Health Informatics

The Division of Health Informatics is invested in training and research around issues surrounding big data acquisition and its management in health care as well as biomedical and public health research.

The department offers four degree programs:

  • The MPH degree emphasizes application of biostatistics and provides training for a career in public health. Students apply to this program through SOPHAS
  • The MS degree in biostatics emphasizes the theoretical mastery of biostatistical skills. It is designed to train professional statisticians to work in the technology industry, biomedical research, the pharmaceutical industry, and healthcare organizations. Students apply to the MS program through the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
  • The MS degree in health informatics features core courses from such areas as information sciences, clinical informatics, clinical research informatics, consumer health and population health informatics, data science and more broadly health policy, social and behavioral science, biostatistics and epidemiology.
  • The PhD degree provides advanced training in statistical modeling, inference, and computation in order to meet the challenges of modern biomedical science. Students apply to the PhD program through the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.