Welcome to the Department of Biostatistics and Data Science

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 M.P.H., M.S. or Ph.D. 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 also developed new education programs in data science, Data Science Certificate and MPH/MS with Data Science concentration, to train our students with capabilities to analyze and integrate Big Data from biomedical and health sciences.

The Department of Biostatistics and Data Science has a diverse array of areas in which faculty and students engage, including clinical trials, longitudinal analysis, survival analysis, missing data, stochastic processes, nonparametric statistics, time series, statistical genetics, bioinformatics, computational biology, statistical learning, Big Data, Bayesian statistics, and 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 strong research profile and collaboration within the Texas Medical Center — the largest medical center in the world — offers access to other institutions, hospitals and research institutes. 

Our program is accredited by Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), which was ranked as No. 6 granting the most PhD’s in Biostatistics in 2015 by AMSTATNEWS. 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