About

The Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics is home to internationally-recognized faculty engaged in both collaborative and methodological research who flourish in the university's deep culture of collaborative interdisciplinary science. Faculty areas of expertise include biostatistics applied to preclinical, clinical and population health research; biomedical and clinical informatics; medical image analysis; and statistical genetics and genomics.

As part of its scholarly missions, the Department serves as a resource for investigators in the basic, clinical, and population health sciences, including genetics and genomics. Department faculty and staff collaborate in the design, conduct, and analyses of laboratory, clinical, epidemiologic, health services, and genetic studies with scientists and clinicians from departments and centers across the UW campus and the state. These include the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, the UW Carbone Cancer Center, and the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation.

The Department maintains strong ties to the world-class Departments of Statistics and of Computer Sciences at UW-Madison, through which most graduate students are trained. Many of our faculty members have joint or affiliate appointments with these Departments, as well as with the Departments of Population Health Sciences, and the Schools/Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Business, Education, Letters and Sciences, and Veterinary Medicine.

We offer MS and PhD programs in Biomedical Data Sciences and summer programs for budding undergraduate students interested in pursing graduate degrees in biomedical data science, as well as playing key roles in the Biostatistics Degree Option offered by the Department of Statistics, and the Graduate Program in Clinical Investigation and the Certificate in the Fundamentals of Clinical Research offered by the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. Our faculty actively mentor more than 60 graduate students and participate in committees for many more.

The Department currently employs over 70 people, including faculty, administration, MS-level biostatisticians, programmers, computer technicians, and data managers. We also have more than 80 graduate students and postdoctoral trainees.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is a world-class academic institution with an international reputation for basic, applied and interdisciplinary research. UW-Madison is a large single campus of over 40,000 students with major schools of Letters and Science, Agriculture and Life Sciences, Veterinary Medicine, Medicine, Nursing, Law, Education, Pharmacy, Business, and Engineering. This campus provides an exceedingly rich environment for both undergraduate and graduate training, as well as for the practice of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics. The university is consistently at or near the $1 billion mark in annual research expenditures and ranks in the top 5 in the nation in science and engineering expenditures.