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Biostatistics is the application of statistical methods to medicine and public health. Biostatisticians, generally working as part of a research team, are responsible for the design of studies, the analysis of the resulting data and the communication of the results. In recent years biostatistics has become an indispensible tool for improving public health and reducing illness and the demand for those trained in the field is great and growing.
The major in biostatistics includes a foundation in mathematics, a core of applied and theoretical statistics courses, and relevant biology and computing courses.
Biostatistics provides a deep and wide foundation in quantitative methods that can form the basis for a career in numerous fields.
A biostatistics major can usefully be combined with a major in any health science or indeed with a major in any field which makes extensive use of quantitative methods.
Students are encouraged to take a course in SAS programming either as an Independent Study or by completing ITECH 4101: Programming in SAS (Emmanuel College). Students are also strongly encouraged to take BIOL 113: General Biology.