Message from the Biostatistics Chair

Kellie Archer, PhD

Given recent emphases in big data, predictive analytics, and efforts to promote scientific reproducibility, there are ever increasing opportunities for biostatisticians to engage in biomedical and public health research. Our PhD program in Biostatistics 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. Students in this program can pursue a specialization in either Public Health or Methodology. The Gary Koch Fellowship is a prestigious one-year award given to an exceptional applicant to this program. This fellowship is funded by an endowment created by the generous support of Professor Gary Koch, an alumnus of The Ohio State University. The first PhD degree in the Public Health track was awarded in the summer of 2012, and currently there are about 15 students enrolled in this specialization. Details about our Interdisciplinary PhD program in Biostatistics are available here

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, click here. For broad information related to careers in statistics, click here

Division faculty are independent researchers in biostatistical methods and have expertise in a wide-variety of areas including:

  • clinical trial design;
  • methods for missing data;
  • methods for analyzing group randomized trials;
  • causal inference;
  • propensity score methods;
  • longitudinal analysis;
  • analysis of high-throughput genomic data;
  • Bayesian methods;
  • statistical learning and data mining; and
  • survival analysis.

Division faculty also serve as essential collaborators in a variety of research projects at the university and beyond. Within the college, we 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 researchers from the Colleges of Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, Dentistry, and Arts and Sciences, as well as many in the James Comprehensive Cancer Center. Faculty members also work on funded projects with researchers from the Nationwide Children's Hospital in downtown Columbus. These collaborative research efforts stimulate the development of new biostatistical methodologies and provide excellent research opportunities for our students.

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

Kellie J. Archer, PhD, 
Chair, Biostatistics