Biostatisticians apply statistical theory, methods, and techniques to the planning,
development, and evaluation of health programs and problems. They collect and analyze
various types of information such as demographic and vital statistics, social and
business data, health resources statistics, and other forms of social and economic
data that are relevant to modern health problems.
Career opportunities exist at local and state health departments, the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, pharmaceutical companies,
insurance companies, HMOs, universities and research organizations. Biostatisticians often become directors of vital statistics, statistical programmers,
evaluation managers or project data managers.
The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics' (EPID/BIOS) instructional program
has two major components: epidemiology and biostatistics. Biostatisticians develop and apply statistical theory, methods
and techniques to the planning, implementation and evaluation of research projects and health programs. Through these activities, they contribute to epidemiological, observational and clinical research designs and analysis. They design and manage health data systems, develop methodology to model relationships between health outcomes and a variety of individual and environmental factors, and prepare inferential and probabilistic statements based on biological, social and environmental data.