Biostatistics professor and students

welcome to the Department of : Biostatistics

Created in 2012, the Department of Biostatistics and its members aim to develop and implement biostatistical methodology in collaborative research, especially with colleagues across WVU Health Sciences Center. This growing department has connections to a variety of research units, and the faculty play an important role in teaching and mentoring students, both within our department and those in other departments as members of graduate committees.


Biostatistics is the science of developing and applying statistical methods needed to tackle research problems in a variety of fields – especially public health and medicine. It is a discipline that has always focused on data analysis but in recent years has seen tremendous growth, especially with the increasing importance of computational methods to facilitate data acquisition, modeling and prediction.

Recent News

WVU in the News: Biostatistics professor's work featured in MedPage Today

New research by Department of Biostatistics professor Dr. George Kelley reinforces the benefits of exercise for rheumatoid arthritis patients. A meta-analysis published in April in the journal "Arthritis Care and Research" analyzed five randomized controlled trials, with up to 298 participants per study. Kelley co-authored the study.