Our Philosophy and Approach

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Department of Biostatistics faculty conduct research in statistical sciences (statistics and biostatistics) and collaborate extensively with disciplines across the scientific spectrum. Examples of collaborative relationships include work with investigators in the biomedical, public health, computer science and engineering fields.

Our research is guided by the goals of understanding and use (i.e., use-inspired research). As a result, a characteristic of our research is contributions to both statistical sciences and the subject-matter science from which a large number of problems originate. Our research and educational philosophies are inherently linked as students in our academic programs and mentees are provided comprehensive training within a cutting-edge, collaborative research environment. Our holistic approach provides academic 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.