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Department of Biostatistics


Founded in 1918, Johns Hopkins Biostatistics is the oldest department of its kind in the world and has long been considered one of the best. With a rich history of outstanding contributions in both research and education, we are dedicated to:

  • advancing statistical and data science
  • making discoveries to improve health by partnering with our colleagues in other science domains
  • providing an innovative and outstanding biostatistics education for those seeking to be conversant with concepts as well as for users and experts in the application and development of new methodology

The discipline of biostatistics creates and applies methods for quantitative research in the health sciences. Our faculty conducts research across the spectrum of statistical science, from foundations of inference to the discovery of new methodology for health applications. Our designs and analytic methods enable health scientists and professionals working in academia, government, industry, research and elsewhere to efficiently acquire knowledge and draw valid conclusions from their ever-expanding sources of information.

Our department offers an intellectually vibrant and interpersonally collegial environment that's conducive to learning and discovery. Please browse our website to learn more.

Our department is committed to a safe and welcoming environment for all members of our community and, indeed, for everyone with whom we interact.  Click here to view our policy on harassment and discrimination.

Our Department At A Glance

  • 22 tenure track or tenured professors                  
  • 23 research faculty
  • 46 PhD students
  • 33 ScM students 
  • 9 MHS students
Degree Programs

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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

Master of Science (ScM)

A two-year research-based program for individuals with demonstrated excellence at the undergraduate level in the quantitative or biological sciences who seek a career as a professional statistician.

Master of Health Sciences (MHS)

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

Message from the Chair

Elizabeth Stuart, PhD, an accomplished biostatistician and academic administrator, assumed the role of Chair for the Department of Biostatistics on July 1, 2023. 

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