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The discipline of biostatistics creates and applies methods for quantitative research in the health sciences. We are advancing statistical and data science, making discoveries to improve health, and providing an innovative biostatistics education.

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Vivien Thomas Scholars Initiative

Now is the time to apply to our wonderful PhD program - the Vivien Thomas Scholars Initiative (VTSI) is now available! Fall 2022 Cohort PhD Application Deadline: December 1, 2021.

What We Do

The Bloomberg School's Department of Biostatistics is the oldest department of its kind in the world and has long been considered one of the best. Our faculty conduct research across the spectrum of statistical science, from foundations of inference to the discovery of new methodologies for health applications.

Our designs and analytic methods enable health scientists and professionals across industries to efficiently acquire knowledge and draw valid conclusions from ever-expanding sources of information.

Department Highlights

First in U.S.

First freestanding statistics department in the U.S.


Data science driving health and empowering opportunity


Foundational discoveries for inference and modeling


Creative, close-knit community

Our Degree Programs

The Department of Biostatistics offers three graduate programs to applicants with a bachelor's degree (or higher) interested in professional or academic careers at the interface of the statistical and health sciences.

We also have funded training programs in the Epidemiology and Biostatistics of Aging for PhD students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Master of Health Science (MHS)

Onsite | Full-Time | 1 year

For outstanding individuals with prior professional experience or a professional degree seeking a one-year intensive course of study in biostatistical theory and methods

Master of Science (ScM)

Onsite | Full-Time | 2 years

For individuals with demonstrated excellence at the undergraduate level in the quantitative or biological sciences who seek a career as a professional statistician.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Onsite | Full-Time | 5 years

For individuals with demonstrated excellence at the undergraduate level in the quantitative or biological sciences who wish to prepare themselves to become leading biostatistical researchers in academia, industry, or government

Faculty Spotlight

Brian Caffo, PhD, MS,

is a biostatistician who studies big, complex data in the neurosciences.



Brian S. Caffo

Biostatistics Consulting Center

The Johns Hopkins Biostatistics Center is the practice arm our Department, providing the latest in biostatistical and information science expertise to a wide range of clients both within and outside Johns Hopkins.

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Our People

Abrhirup Datta, Assistant Professor

Abhirup Datta, PhD, MS, assistant professor in Biostatistics, has won the International Indian Statistical Association 2021 Young Statistical Scientist Award for Applications! This prestigious award recognizes outstanding early career contributions. Congrats Abhi!

Abhirup Datta

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