Biostatistics & Bioinformatics (BIOS)

Utilize mathematics, probability, statistics, computer science, and available data to develop, apply, and interpret analytical methods.

BIOS @ Rollins

The field of biostatistics and bioinformatics provides quantitative answers to complicated questions from complex data.

Program Information

Welcome to BIOS! We’re committed to training the next generation of statistical scientists and informaticians in public health. Our academic programs focus on methodological research, theory, collaborative research, and consulting.


Our faculty’s research areas are diverse and include studies of national and international scopes. Recently, our department gained attention for work on the mathematical modeling of infectious diseases, including work on AIDS and the estimation of vaccine efficacy.


BIOS grads often go into positions as researchers and data analysts for consulting and pharmaceutical industries, academia, and government agencies.

Featured Alum & Faculty

Jie Chen, MPH '13

As a statistician at the National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute, Rollins alum Jie Chen provides statistical support to senior investigators and post-doc level epidemiologists. She uses her knowledge of linear regression, logistic regression, survival analysis, and epidemiological methods, on a daily basis (all of which is required BIOS coursework).

Lance A. Waller, PhD

Dr. Waller's research involves the development of statistical methods to analyze spatial and spatio-temporal patterns. Recent areas of interest include spatial point process methods in alcohol epidemiology and conservation biology (sea turtle nesting patterns) and hierarchical models in disease ecology. 

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Workshop on Complex Survey Data Analysis

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