From Our Chair

Welcome to the Division of Biostatistics!

This is an exciting time for us in the College of Public Health. Our new PhD program in Biostatistics has gotten off to a strong start. The program is offered jointly with the Department of Statistics and unites more than 20 biostatisticians from both units to provide students with more program options, wider research opportunities and an enhanced curriculum.  Public Health and Methodology are two specializations a student could pursue under this program.  The first PhD degree in the Public Health track was awarded in the summer of 2012, and currently there are 13 students enrolled in this specialization. 

We are pleased to announce the new Gary Koch fellowship program for our PhD students.  This prestigious one-year award is given to an exceptional applicant to this program and is funded by an endowment created by the generous support of Professor Gary Koch, an alumnus of Ohio State. 

Details of our Interdisciplinary PhD program in Biostatistics are available at:

The Division also offers an MS program in Public Health with a concentration in Biostatistics and an MPH program that specializes in Biostatistics. For further information on these programs, please visit: prospective-students/biostatistics.

Arrival of 2012-3 academic year also means a successful transition at OSU into the semester system and the approval of a new BS program in Public Health.  In view of this the Division is expanding into the undergraduate Biostatistics education at Ohio State.  As our program expands at the graduate and undergraduate levels, so does the number of our faculty. We are pleased to announce the arrival of Dr. Greg Rempala, who will be joining us in January 2013 as a full Professor in Biostatistics. 

We are now searching for two more faculty positions.  Along with our college, the Division has moved last year into a newly renovated Cunz Hall, which is centrally located on the beautiful Ohio State campus.

Our faculty members are diverse in their interests and involved in a variety of research projects all over campus and beyond.  Within the college, they work closely with researchers from the Divisions of Epidemiology, Environmental Health, Health Behavior and Health Promotion, and Health Services Management and Policy. We have many collaborative research projects with the researchers from the Colleges of Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, Dentistry, and Arts and Sciences, as well as many in the James Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Our faculty members also work on funded projects with researchers from the Nationwide Children's Hospital in downtown Columbus. All these collaborations provide excellent research opportunities for our students along with a broad range of courses offered by our program.

We invite you to explore our opportunities in Biostatistics and join us.

H. N. Nagaraja
Chair, Division of Biostatistics

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