Our Philosophy and Approach

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Learn about our commitment to your education and to the fields of statistics and public health.

Our philosophy of education is that students learn best from what they apply and what they teach. That is why practical training requirements are included in our MPH, MA, MS and PhD programs. We provide opportunities for you to apply the statistical methods learned in coursework through research assistant positions that require data analysis and interpretation in a collaborative research environment. Our opportunities also allow you to communicate your knowledge and interpretations to others through such collaborations, classroom presentations, student seminars or through teaching assistantships.

Our holistic approach to education provides you with a variety of educational, research and collaborative opportunities in a friendly, respectful, encouraging and stimulating environment that promotes intellectual and professional development.

Our Vision

Scientific innovation in biostatistics and biomedical research that promotes leadership in the field and high standards of training.

Our Mission

Our mission is to advance biomedical sciences and public health through scholarly activities that encompass research, education and professional and community leadership.


Develop a broad range of high-profile research programs that contribute to innovative methodological, theoretical, computational and interdisciplinary research. Advance scientific knowledge relevant to the biomedical sciences and public health that raises scientific standards. Support a diverse and talented pool of faculty to enhance research areas in statistical and data sciences.


Provide competitive training that emphasizes critical and creative thinking based on principles of rigor, reproducibility, data integrity and the effective communication of science. Engage students in relevant curriculum and research activities that position them to become leaders of the next generation of Biostatisticians. Adapt current degree programs and develop new programs that meet the changing needs of society. Collaborate with outside degree programs and professions through student training, faculty participation and expertise.  


Provide scientific expertise and leadership to professional societies, research communities and the university. Engage in translational and convergence research around cutting-edge problems, which ultimately leads to advancements in multiple fields.