Biostatistics and data science are two related fields that employ different methods to extract scientific knowledge from data. With faculty from both fields, the department functions as a central hub of biostatistics and data science research and education at Indiana University School of Medicine.
The Department’s mission has three interdependent components: research, service, and education. In research, faculty lead the development of innovative study designs and cutting-edge analytical methods. Faculty expertise covers all biostatistics and data science research areas, including bioinformatics, clinical trial design, observational studies and causal inference, statistical models, imaging processing, machine learning and artificial intelligence algorithms, as well as advanced computational methods. In service, the department supports biomedical research in Indianapolis and beyond by providing study design, data management, and data analysis to support grant development and scientific publication. Faculty and staff collaborate with basic science researchers and medical investigators in all specialty areas. In education, the department strives to provide a conducive learning environment that prepares trainees to become statistical analysts and data scientists skilled in solving real-world problems. The department currently has three degree programs: PhD and MS degrees in Biostatistics and BS in Health Data Science.