Academic Programs

What is biostatistics?

Biostatistics is the science of applying statistical theory and principles to research in medicine, biology, pharmaceuticals, environmental science, public health and other related fields.

What do biostatisticians do?

Biostatisticians are an integral part of medical and public health research. They assist in the design of research studies, analyze data from those studies, participate in governmental advisory or policymaking boards and train researchers in good statistical practice. Some also develop statistical methods useful in collaborative research.

Where do biostatisticians work?

Biostatisticians work in a variety of settings, including pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology firms, government agencies, public health departments, research institutions and international health agencies.

Why study biostatistics at WVU?

By choosing WVU, you are selecting a small, growing department with easy access to an energetic group of faculty members. The biostatistics program places a heavy emphasis on practical experiences with many opportunities for real collaboration in a number of scientific fields across the University.