Department of Biostatistics

Department of Biostatistics

About the Department

Department of Biostatistics at NYU GPH is engaged in three inter-related activities that aim to improve Public Health through rigorous research and that educate future practitioners, leaders and researchers.  We strive for excellence in:

  1. innovative and groundbreaking methodological research that is relevant to critical Public Health research
  2. collaborative research in pressing and important Public Health issues;
  3. education and training of students from diverse backgrounds in cutting edge statistical methods for design and analysis of studies used in Public Health research, as well as theoretical foundations that will serve as the basis for future innovations. 
We are experiencing major events in Public Health and Biostatistics has many critical contributions to make.  We welcome you to our department and invite you to explore all of our facets in these webpages.
- Rebecca A. Betensky, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Biostatistics

Prominent Links

A Video Introduction to our Department

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2019-2020 Departmental Annual Report

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Pipelines into Quantitative Aging Research Summer Program

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The Importance of Ethics in Biostatistics: Reflections and Oath

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Contact Us

  • Dr. Yang Feng has been awarded a R21 grant from the NIH/NIA for the following project "Multiclass classification under prioritized error control and specific error costs with applications to dementia classification”.
  • Dr. Melody Goodman has been elected to become an American Statistical Association fellow. We are happy to announce this prestigious achievement! Dr Goodman commitment to diversifying statistics is in shown through her work in higher ed and research.
  • The Caucus for Women in Statistics (CWS) has named our department's Dr. Melody Goodman as the inaugural winner of the CWS-SIA (The Societal Impact Award) "for her outstanding dedication to improving health disparities through education in public health and data literacy"! We congratulate her on having earned this honor, and thank her for all of her contributions to our department, school, field, and beyond.
  • Congratulations to the Class of 2021! Our graduates have done incredible work throughout their time in our program, culminating in their Masters' Theses, many of which you can find on our Biostatistics Student Theses page.
  • We would like to congratulate the following students whose theses have been recognized for outstanding achievement:
    • Meng Chen, MPH - Adherence to non-pharmaceutical interventions for COVID-19 due to media-based information during the pandemic in Southern U.S. cities, recognized for innovative topic or approach (Slides)
    • Xiangying (Claire) Chu, MS - Dietary Supplement Intake and Cognitive Performance in Older Adults: A Cross-Sectional Study from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), recognized for innovative topic or approach.
    • Kehang Li, MS - Analysis of Non-pharmaceutical Interventions effectiveness in COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, recognized for rigor of statistical analyses (Slides)
    • Chenggang (Louis) Lyu, MS - An Automatic Deep Learning-based Algorithm For 3D MRI Brain Tumor Segmentation That Is Comparable to Manual Annotation, recognized for innovative topic or approach (Slides)
    • Yao Xin, MS - Association between Food Security and Generalized Anxiety Disorder among males and females in the United States, recognized for impactful substantive findings
    • Qiuyun Yao, MS - Proportional Hazard Pattern Affects Measurement by Restricted Mean Analysis, recognized for rigor of statistical analyses
       
  • (Archived news items)
Biostatistics Departmental Information Session
Wednesday, September 22nd, 8:30 - 9:30pm EDT
For prospective students interested in applying to our graduate programs. (Details, Register)
 
Biostatistics Seminar Series - Stephanie Cook, DrPH
Thursday, September 23rd, 12:30 - 1:30pm EDT
"Predicting Trajectories of Substance Use During Emerging Adulthood: Exploring the Benefits of Group Based Trajectory Modeling for Zero-Inflated Outcomes" (Flyer, RSVP)
 
Biostatistics Journal Club
Monday, October 4th, 8:30 - 9:30pm EDT
Discussion to be led by Hannah Asmail on the Health Care for Women International article, "Statistical trends of episiotomy around the world: Comparative systematic review of changing practices"
 
Professional Development - Second-Year Student Panel Discussion
Tuesday, October 5th, 8:30pm EDT
(Additional details TBA)
 
Biostatistics Seminar Series - Mimi Kim, ScD
Thursday, October 14th, 12:30 - 1:30pm EDT
"Non-inferiority Trials and Tribulations" (FlyerRSVP, Full Abstract & Bio)
 
Biostatistics Departmental Information Session
Tuesday, October 19th, 8:30 - 9:30pm EDT
For prospective students interested in applying to our graduate programs. (Details, Register)
 
Professional Development - Introduction to Responsible Conduct of Research with Dr. Christine Ponder
Thursday, October 21st, 12:30pm EDT
(Additional details TBA)
 
Professional Development - Applying to PhD programs: Panel Discussion
Tuesday, November 9th, 10:00am EDT
(Additional details TBA)
 
Biostatistics Departmental Information Session
Wednesday, November 17th, 8:30 - 9:30pm EDT
For prospective students interested in applying to our graduate programs. (Details, Register)
 
Professional Development - Build a Portfolio Website with R
Thursday, December 2nd, 9:30am EDT
Led by second-year MS student Sean McAtee (additional details TBA)
 
Biostatistics Seminar Series - E. Andrés Houseman, ScD
Thursday, December 2nd, 12:30 - 1:30pm EDT
Title TBA
 
Biostatistics Departmental Information Session
Wednesday, December 8th, 8:30 - 9:30pm EDT
For prospective students interested in applying to our graduate programs. (Details, Register)

Check Out Our Past Seminars & Events

Christopher Park, MPH '19

"Critical and conceptual understanding of data is necessary for public health research. My biostatistics courses have helped me to develop statistical analytic skills that shape the way I think about data management and utilization in a way that’s fit for public health discoveries."

Ejiro Gbaje, MPH '19

"I am fascinated by the power of biostatistics; it uses mathematics to paint pictures of underlying conditions."

Yan Zhang, MPH '19

"The ability to extract health-related patterns from uncertainty is the undeniable beauty of biostatistics."