Biostatistics Program

Though administratively separate, the Statistics department and the Group in Biostatistics at Berkeley have had very close ties for many years. Many faculty members have joint appointments, many courses are cross-listed. A number of students are co-advised and there is much collaboration in terms of research and teaching.

The Group in Biostatistics has distinct graduate programs leading to the Master of Arts (MA) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees. The curriculum offers training in statistical theory and computer implementation of analytic methods, as well as rigorous opportunities to apply this knowledge in biological and medical research. Students admitted into the MA and PhD programs in Biostatistics come from diverse disciplines including: statistics, computer science, biology, mathematics, chemistry, epidemiology, and physics.

Many issues in the health, medical, and biological sciences are addressed by collecting and exploring relevant data. The development and application of techniques to better understand such data is the fundamental concern of the Group in Biostatistics at the University of California, Berkeley. Core methodological research interests include loss-based estimation (e.g., classification, regression, density estimation, variable selection), semi-parametric estimation, cross-validation, multiple hypothesis testing, survival analysis, clinical trials, adaptive designs, causal inference, and statistical computing. Areas of application include genetics, molecular biology, epidemiology, and medicine.

For more information about the Group in Biostatistics, see this brochure. Please note that the graduate programs in Statistics and in Biostatistics have separate admission procedures.