Biostatisticians work at the interface of Statistics with biomedicine and public health and solve important design and analysis questions that are critical to the success of scientific research. The advent of modern biomedical technologies like microarrays, next generation sequencers , magnetic resonance imaging and mass spectrometry generate enormous amounts of data that has introduced many new challenges and opportunities for biostatisticians. This is a field where your quantitative skills can be applied towards solving real life scientific problems.


Job opportunities: Biostatisticians have many exciting career opportunities and are in high demand in the job market. You can take a look at the Amstat News 2012 salary survey for biostatisticians.


Why Biostatistics at the University of Michigan?

The Department of Biostatistics at the University of Michigan School of Public Health is ranked as number one by the National Research Council. The Department of Biostatistics provides leadership and outstanding research, teaching and service to meet the needs of society, the university, the health research community and the statistics profession by offering graduate programs and conducting biostatistical research in health related areas. Our students work on critical new areas of biostatistics methodological research, including statistical genetics and bioinformatics, brain imaging, causal inference, clinical trials, event history models, longitudinal data analysis, observational studies, methods for missing data and survey research. We engage in collaborative research in schools of Public Health, Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, and the Institute of Social Research, among others. Both methodological and collaborative research are well funded through grants from the National Institutes of Health and other federal and private agencies.


The University of Michigan School of Public Health is internationally recognized for its excellence and has been ranked consistently as a premier School of Public Health. Since its organization in 1941, the School has produced many leaders in public health (for example, thirteen of the presidents of the American Public Health Association have been University of Michigan faculty or graduates). The school aims to provide an understanding of the health aspects of human beings, their interaction with the biological, physical, and social environment, and the application of this knowledge to community health problems. Through its teaching, research, and service activities, the School addresses issues pertaining to the health of populations (local, national, and international) within the context of such specializations as biostatistics; epidemiology; community health, environmental, and industrial health; the health behaviors of individuals and groups; population planning; global health; and the many policy and administrative aspects of public health.


Situated in Ann Arbor, a live and culture-rich community, the University of Michigan attracts outstanding students and faculty from around the world. An exceptional research institution in the US, the University of Michigan ranks very highly nationally in federal research funding and is consistently rated one of the best public universities by US News and World Report.