Almost daily, the popular media report new research findings related to human health.
Such results are the work of multidisciplinary teams of researchers, including physicians, public and environmental health specialists, and BIOSTATISTICIANS. Biostatisticians play essential roles in designing the studies, analyzing the data, and creating new methods for addressing these problems.
There is a critical shortage of biostatisticians with graduate training, and their skills are in great demand.
Statistics is the science that:
Statistics combines mathematical theory with knowledge of the specific challenges arising in different areas of science, making it a rewarding field of study for students who like math and quantitative problems and want to contribute to the advance of broader scientific understanding. Biostatistics is the exciting field of development and application of statistical methods to research in health-related fields, including medicine, public health, and biology.
Since early in the twentieth century, biostatistics has become an indispensable tool for understanding the cause, natural history, and treatment of disease in order to improve human health. Biostatisticians work with scientists to identify and implement the correct statistical methods for designing studies and analyzing and interpreting the results. And as science progresses and new ways to measure and collect information become possible, new statistical techniques must be developed. With the breathtaking pace of science today, the skills of biostatisticians are especially in demand because of:
These new challenges are giving rise to novel problems needing new statistical solutions. Biostatisticians are the experts who can make this happen!