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What is Biostatistics?

Date: 3:30pm - 4:30pm PDT April 12, 2018 Location: John Howard 254

John Howard 254

What is Biostatisitics?

Asst. Professor of Biostatistics - Jessica Minnier ’07

MS Biostatistics student - Alex Hickok ’07

Senior Biostatistician - Professor Meike Niederhausen

from the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health


When you read a New York Times article about a new drug or special diet that reduces risk of heart disease, a newly discovered gene that increases risk for diabetes, or the discovery that children not vaccinated for a certain disease may cause an outbreak, it is not just biologists doing the work. These breakthroughs come from collaborations, where biostatisticians often play a key role in designing studies, analyzing and visualizing data, and interpreting the results.

Statistics offers interesting and exciting work in diverse areas along with many opportunities to make a positive difference; it is also a rapidly expanding field with jobs projected to grow much faster than the average: 34% between 2016 and 2026, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Statistical analysis and data mining was listed as #2 in the “Top Skills Companies Need Most in 2018” by LinkedIn, #2 best STEM and #1 Business jobs in 2018 by US News, and Fortune magazine ranked statistics among the top graduate degrees based on salary, growth, and job satisfaction.

 At this colloquium, OHSU Biostatisticians will give an overview of the field of biostatistics and talk about the research they do and how they use their analytical skills to collaborate with many types of scientists and clinicians on exciting and meaningful research problems and clinical studies. They will also discuss the Biostatistics graduate programs at OHSU.

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