The Graduate Programs in Biostatistics offer courses of study leading to the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Master of Science (ScM), and Master of Arts (AM) degrees. Our programs also jointly oversee the Statistics Concentration in the Master of Public Health (MPH) Program.
The Graduate Programs are administered by an active, expanding and highly interdisciplinary faculty in the Department of Biostatistics within Brown University's School of Public Health. Major areas of research activity include analysis of biomarkers and diagnostic tests, causal inference and missing data, time series and functional data analysis, spatial data and network analysis; bioinformatics, longitudinal data, meta-analysis and multilevel modeling. Faculty collaborate actively with investigators in cancer prevention and screening, behavioral sciences, HIV/AIDS, health care policy, evidence based medicine, genetic epidemiology, neuroscience, and genomics. Biostatistics faculty are members of the Center for Statistical Sciences (CSS) or the Center for Evidence Based Medicine. CSS hosts the Biostatistics Methods and Data Center for the NCI-funded American College of Radiology Imaging Network (ACRIN), the Biostatistics Core for Brown’s Center for AIDS Research, and the Biostatistics Core for Brown's multidisciplinary Alcohol Research Center for HIV (ARCH), and of the Center for Evidence Based Medicine which hosts the Brown Evidence Based Practice Center funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
The Undergraduate Concentration in Statistics, established in 1997, is an interdepartmental program, leading to the ScB degree, was administered originally by the Center for Statistical Sciences and is now under the auspices of the Department of Biostatistics.
The Concentration is based on several premises: that statistics is a scientific discipline in its own right, with specialized methodologies and body of knowledge; that it is essentially concerned with the art and science of data analysis; and that it is best taught in conjunction with specific, substantive applications. To this end, the Concentration is designed to provide foundations that include basic statistical concepts and methodologies, and to expose students to the role of statistical thinking and analysis in interdisciplinary research and in the public sphere. The Concentration prepares students for careers in industry and government, for graduate study in statistics or biostatistics and other sciences, as well as for professional study in law, medicine, business, or public administration.
Directors of Graduate Studies
Director of the Undergraduate Statistics Concentration
- Department Manager: Denise T. Arver
- Administrative Coordinator: Elizabeth Clark
- Admissions Coordinator: Liz Lirakis