Department of Biostatistics

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Biostatistics is the field of statistical methods related to biological research in areas such as public health, medicine, dentistry, and nursing.  At UAB, the Department of Biostatistics focuses on the application of existing statistical techniques to studies in these health related fields and development of new statistical techniques.

The Department has 22 faculty members and 56 staff , with a wide variety of research interests. Our department includes a Section on Statistical Genetics and a Section on Research Methods and Clinical Trials. We offer training both at the graduate and post-doctoral level.  At the graduate level, the Department offers both the MS and PhD degrees in Biostatistics.

Graduate applicants should have a strong quantitative training including calculus and linear algebra.  In post-doctoral training, efforts focus on collaboration in advancing training of clinicians in research methods through a MSPH degree, and offer post-doctoral training of statisticians in the areas of Statistical Genetics and Trials Management.

Research directed by faculty in the Department is supported in excess of $15 million annually, and includes investigations in diverse areas such as the methodological development of techniques in statistical genetics, understanding the causes of the excess stroke mortality in the southeastern US, and advancing techniques to determine the number of patients needed in randomized clinical trials using data from nested pilot studies.

The Department welcomes the development of collaborative relationships with researchers in health related fields, and is actively involved with many departments in the School of Medicine, School of Dentistry, and School of Nursing at UAB. We also have similar active collaborations with universities throughout the world.

BST News

Allison honored for his work in aging

Distinguished Professor David B. Allison, Ph.D., associate dean for Science in the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health, has been named a fellow of the The Gerontological Society of America in the Biological Sciences Section.

Allison is one of 61 exemplary professionals named as the newest fellows of the GSA, the nation’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging.

UAB Examines Common Beliefs in Obesity Research

Obesity is a topic about which many views are strongly held, even in the absence of scientific evidence to support those views—indeed, some views are strongly held despite evidence to the contrary. Referring to the former as "presumptions" and the latter as "myths."

Dr. Bertha Hidalgo featured as Style Icon in B-Metro

"Beauty, brains, and killer style: Dr. Bertha Hidalgo is a triple threat. Embodying her blog title, Chic in Academia, this Southern California transplant is indeed just that. The stylish lady—who is a graduate of  the UAB School of Public Health (Ph.D in Epidemiology)—is currently finishing up a post-doctoral fellowship in statistical genetics and epigenetics and looking forward to a career in academia."


BST Upcoming Events

BST Lecture Series: Suzanne E. Judd, PhD
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 11:00am
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Professional Series: Writing Successful NSF Grants
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