Message from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Biostatistics in the new School of Public Health at West Virginia University!  Biostatistics is a rapidly growing discipline as the amount of data becoming available grows immeasurably – and the need for it to be analyzed and interpreted properly.  As public health and health research in general expands in West Virginia, the opportunities are immense for our new Department of Biostatistics. 

Students with an affinity for math and statistics but who have an interest in impacting public health should consider a Master’s degree in Biostatistics at WVU! A recent article listed a Master’s in Biostatistics as the #2 “Best Graduate Degree for Jobs in 2015,” reporting a median salary of $113,400 and a 86% job satisfaction rate, with a 21.3% projected growth in jobs by 2022.

Students in our degree programs (MPH, MS, and the Applied Biostatistics Certificate) receive a lot of individual attention throughout their time here. All of our educational programs emphasize practical experience, as our students receive numerous opportunities to learn how to analyze real data of all types and collaborate with researchers across the region.  Recent students have received summer internships at pharmaceutical companies and contract research organizations across the country, and even though we have just started, we already have graduates working at places like the University of Pittsburgh and Johns Hopkins University, and who have received prestigious offers from PhD programs in Statistics and Biostatistics.

Whether a prospective student interested in our academic programs, or a researcher needing biostatistical assistance, I thank you for visiting our website and I look forward to hearing from you.  Feel free to browse our website, review our strategic plan, and do not hesitate to contact me if you would like to learn more.

Matthew J. Gurka, PhD
Associate Professor and Founding Chair
Department of Biostatistics