Message from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Biostatistics, located in Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. Members of our faculty are national leaders in research, teaching, and service, addressing many of the most pressing public health and medical issues. Our research targets both the development of innovative biostatistical methods for study design and analysis, as well as the application of biostatistical techniques in applied research. The field of biostatistics is rapidly evolving to address emerging areas involving the collection and analysis of massive, complex data sets. The big data era will prompt the development of new methods that are well suited for quantifying evidence, driving discovery, and enabling prediction from large-scale data.

The Department of Biostatistics has researchers who are advancing their respective areas of application by developing methods for the analysis of functional data, with particular expertise in genomics and brain imaging. We also have strengths in study design and data analysis for clinical trials. The department thrives on collaborations across one of the world's most prestigious universities, renowned medical centers, and leading schools of public health. Our applied research leads to novel discoveries pertaining to cancer, HIV/AIDS, neurological and psychiatric disorders, cardiovascular health, and aging, among others.

The department also offers highly reputable graduate programs leading to the following degrees: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Doctor of Public Health (DrPH), Master of Science (MS), and Master of Public Health (MPH). Our graduate programs provide excellent training for students in theory and methods, coupled with the applied experience necessary for professional practice. Our master's programs offer the flexibility for students to tailor their training toward specific career aspirations, including Clinical Research Methods, Patient Oriented Research, Statistical Genetics, and Theory and Methods. Employers recognize the high quality of our training programs, and our graduates receive premier jobs in academia, the private sector, and government.

I am excited about the tremendous impact that Columbia faculty, staff, graduate students, and alumni continue to have on advancing the field of biostatistics and ultimately making vital contributions that improve the public's health and medical practice.

DuBois Bowman
Cynthia and Robert Citrone-Roslyn and Leslie Goldstein Chair and Professor in Biostatistics