Biostatistics is the application of the science of statistics to a wide range of problems in biology and medicine. Biostatistics is part of the Department of Biomedical Data Science, and it is physically located on the Stanford School of Medicine campus. Its primary activities include:

  • Developing statistical methods to analyze public health problems and to advance biomedical research.
  • Providing biostatistics expertise to researchers for health-related study design and analysis.
  • Advancing knowledge in biostatistics and health through educational programs for students and applied researchers.


Stanford Biostatistics is a leader in the development of standards for high-throughput processing and analysis of data from the human genome and proteome, as well as developing more efficient methodologies for running clinical trials. Our students and scholars benefit from interdisciplinary collaborations with the shared faculty of Stanford's #1 ranked graduate programs in many fields: — statistics, computer science, biological sciences, medicine, genetics, genomics and bioinformatics.

Degree Programs

The Division does not offer a degree program in biostatistics, but does offer specialized training in a wide array of biostatistics tools and techniques. Students interested in this specialty are encouraged to pursue a MS or PhD within the Department of Statistics in the School of Humanities and Sciences. Biostatistics has also launched a new Biostatistics PhD Training Program in Personalized Medicine, in partnership with Statistics.

Department of Biomedical Data Science

Biostatistics is part of the Department of Biomedical Data Science. The department provides the analytical foundation for research conducted at the Stanford School of Medicine, offering expertise on collecting and interpreting scientific evidence essential to improving human health.

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