About the Department

Biostatistics is the development and application of statistical methodology for health sciences.  Bioinformatics is the application of statistical methodology to proteomic, genomic, metabolomic, and other genetic data.  The distinguished faculty of the Department of Bioinformatics and Biostatistics conduct research into statistical methodology and collaborate with investigators in the health sciences including in medicine, nursing, dentistry, and cancer research.  Our mission is to advance statistical science through methodological research, to collaborate with scientists in many disciplines including medicine, dentistry, nursing, cancer research, natural sciences, and engineering, and to disseminate new and existing knowledge in statistical science through education.

The Department of Bioinformatics and Biostatistics offers master of science and doctoral degrees in biostatistics, with concentrations available in biostatistics and bioinformatics (PhD only).  We provide the biostatistics concentration of the MPH degree of the School of Public Health and Information Science, participate in a joint PhD/MS degree program with the Department of Mathematics, and an interdisciplinary PhD with concentration in bioinformatics. Our graduates have obtained positions in academia, government, and industry.  We are currently accepting applications for our MS and PhD degree programs.

Welcome, and please explore our site through the links at left for more information on our department.  If you require additional information or have any questions, please contact us by e-mail or phone.

K.B. Kulasekera, PhD
Professor and Chair


International Year of Statistics

The Department of Bioinformatics and Biostatistics is participating in the International Year of Statistics 2013, a worldwide celebration of the contributions of statistical science to the advancement of our global society. Click the icon to visit the IYSTAT website and learn more about the celebration and the importance of statistics to everyday life.

The International Year of Statistics (Statistics 2013)


As part of the International Year of Statistics 2013 celebration, the Department of Bioinformatics and Biostatistics is pleased to announce that it will be hosting the Southern Regional Council on Statistics Summer Research Conference (SRC) June 2-5, 2013 at Montgomery Bell State Park in Tennessee. Check back regularly at this site for forthcoming information about registration and the conference agenda. The links below provide information on the SRCOS and the SRC 2013 conference

The Southern Regional Council on Statistics

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