What is biostatistics?

Biostatistics is a field that applies statistical theory and methods to solving problems in biological and health sciences.

Typical research questions a biostatistician may help answer are:

  • What mathematical models can describe transmission and infection probabilities of AIDS?
  • What are the risk factors associated with breast cancer?
  • What preventive steps can people take to reduce the risk of heart disease?
  • How many IV drug users have contracted AIDS in Georgia?

Biostatisticians devote much of their efforts toward collaborative research and consulting, methodological research, and education.

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Collaborative research

Biostatisticians work on research studies with experts in the biological and health sciences

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Methodological research

Biostatisticians do such work as developing mathematical models to describe biological phenomena

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Education

Biostatisticians teach classes, present seminars, and lead collaborative research and consulting activities

Careers in Biostatistics

Upon graduation, students often find positions as researchers and data analysts in such fields as industry, academia, and government agencies.

Degrees offered: MPH, MSPH, BA/MSPH, PhD


What is public health informatics?

The field of public health informatics integrates computer science, information science, and public health science. It applies to various areas of public health, including prevention, promotion, surveillance, and preparedness.

Public health informatics requires expertise in such areas as information retrieval, expert systems, networking, public health science, and education.

Careers in Public Health Informatics

Public health informaticians work closely with computer and information scientists as well as public health scientists to introduce new technology and systems that enhance public health activities.

Degree offered: MSPH