What is biostatistics?
The American Statistical Association describes biostatistics as “the development and application of statistical techniques to scientific research in health-related fields, including medicine, epidemiology, and public health.”
Biostatisticians help design clinical studies and analyze data from research problems, including:
- Making predictions based on data summaries
- Analyzing clinical data using statistical approaches
- Providing biostatistical consultation
- Writing research proposals or grant applications
An abundance of job opportunities
Some of the top schools around the country offer advanced degrees in biostatistics. With a Master’s or doctoral degree in the field, you will be qualified for opportunities in government, industry and academia. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment is expected to grow by 27% from 2012-2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. This is due to the increased use of statistical analysis to make informed business, healthcare and policy decisions.
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