About Biostatistics - SIBS
USF Health - College of Public Health - Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Biostatistics involves the development and application of data-analytic tools in scientific research in fields such as medicine, public health, environmental sciences, mental health, agricultural research, and biological sciences. Biostatistical scientists play essential roles in health-related research and practice, ranging from formulating scientific questions, designing studies including determining the sampling techniques, sample sizes, and randomization schemes, coordinating data collection procedures, analyzing data, to interpreting, reporting, and presenting statistical findings. The designs and analytic methods provided by Biostatisticians enable health scientists and professionals in academia, government, pharmaceutical companies, medical research organizations and elsewhere to draw valid conclusions from ever-expanding sources of data.


The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, USF College of Public Health offers three graduate degree programs in Biostatistics concentration: Master’s in Public Health (MPH), Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH), and PhD, as well as a Certificate program. It also offers a large number of graduate level Biostatistics courses to graduate students within USF Health which is comprised of Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health. Additionally, the department offers several undergraduate courses as a part of  USF undergraduate minor in Public Health. With an extraordinarily diverse student population, it is paramount that Biostatistics is taught with real applications so that students appreciate the fundamental importance of Biostatistics in society and gain insight on statistical reasoning that underpins the methodological foundation of Biostatistics. We believe that only when students see the essential role Biostatistics plays in society with respect to improving and promoting health, will they develop lasting interests in Biostatistics without being intimidated by complex mathematical concepts.


Research is at the core of Biostatistics training. Our Biostatistical faculty actively conduct cutting-edge methodology research with applications in fields as diverse as:

·        Prevention of mental disorders, drug abuse, and suicide among  school-aged youth

·       Modeling biological systems such as HIV/AIDS via pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics

·        Longitudinal data analysis and multilevel models as applied to aging & Alzheimer’s disease, community-based intervention, social behavior, and outcome evaluations

·        Bioterrorism and public preparedness

·        Environmental health research and regulatory policies


Job Prospects for Biostatistics graduates are excellent. The demand for well-trained Biostatistical scientists continues to grow as do salaries. Graduates from our Biostatistics programs have found positions in:

·       Pharmaceutical research with companies such as Pfizer, Eli Lilly, Johnson&Johnson

·       University research at Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, University of South Florida, University of Michigan

·        Federal and state governments such as CDC, State Health Departments, NIH

·       Hospital/Research Centers: H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Ctr. & Research Institute; St. Jude Children's Research Hospital; James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital; University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Manitoba Cancer Registry

·        Other research related institutes: Clinical trial research, Nielsen Media Research


Biostatistics Program concentrations: Graduate Degree programs in Biostatistics provide rigorous training in biostatistical methods, data analysis, and interpretation of results.  Currently we have 12 PhD and 29 MPH/MSPH students in the department.