Welcome to the Department of Biostatistics and Data Science

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Hulin Wu, Ph.D.

The mission of UTHealth School of Public Health is “To improve the health of the people of Texas, the nation and the world by providing the highest quality graduate education, translational research, and service to the profession and community.” We believe that statistics and data science play a critical role in improving population health in this Big Data era. In our department, providing a comprehensive program for the MS or PhD degree, you will be trained to become future leaders in biostatistics and data science with a wide range of careers in academia, industry, the government, and beyond. As a biostatistics student at UTHealth School of Public Health, you will develop expertise in the theory and practice of biostatistics, working with faculty who are renowned leaders in statistical theory and its applications to health sciences. Recently we have developed new education programs in data science, including Data Science Certificates and MS/PhD degree with a major in Data Science (subject to final approval), to train our students with capabilities to analyze and integrate Big Data from biomedical and health sciences.
With a new name, our Department of Biostatistics & Data Science has a diverse array of statistical and data science research areas in which our faculty and students engage, including longitudinal data analysis, survival data analysis, missing data, stochastic processes, nonparametric statistics, time series data, Bayesian statistics, causal inference, statistical genetics, bioinformatics, computational biology, imaging data analysis, machine learning methods, Big Data analytics among others. A major strength and component of our department is the Coordinating Center for Clinical Trials (CCCT) which has a more-than-40-year history of successfully coordinating large multicenter clinical trials and providing comprehensive services for these endeavors. Our newly established Center for Big Data in Health Sciences (CBD-HS) hosts several Big Data research projects, including development of predictive models and heterogeneous data integration methods for Electronic Healthcare Record (EHR) data, insurance claim data and public databases or data repositories. Our new Center for Biostatistics Collaboration and Data Services will provide opportunities for our faculty and students to collaborate and interact with biomedical and health science investigators to address scientific questions using their statistical and data science skills. Our strong research profile and collaboration within the Texas Medical Center — the largest medical center in the world — offers access to many biomedical/health science institutions and research hospitals in Houston metropolitan area.
Our program is accredited by Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). Our PhD program in biostatistics is among the top 6 of the largest biostatistics PhD programs in the country (AMSTATNEWS, August 2018 http://magazine.amstat.org/archive/AmstatNews_August2018wp.pdf). Our education program will prepare you to be well-positioned to play a unique role in safeguarding public health and improving lives using rigorous quantitative methods and Data Science approaches. I urge you to explore our website and learn more about our programs.

Hulin Wu, PhD
The Betty Wheless Trotter Professor & Chair
Department of Biostatistics & Data Science
Professor of Biomedical Informatics