Biostatistics

Designed studies

Biostatistics is the development and application of statistical methods to scientific research in areas such as medicine, epidemiology, environmental health, genetics and ecology.

Biostatisticians play key roles in developing new statistical methods as well as in designing studies and data analyses. Biostatistics help to formulate questions that can be answered by data collection and make decisions on how to best collect and analyze the data. Statisticians in our group have helped to provide answers that have revolutionized the field of radiology, set and validated testing limits for the World Anti-Doping Agency and the International Olympic Committee as well as informed international guidelines on the treatment of patients with Hepatitis C. They have also developed methods to model fetal growth that are used in Canadian and international references, and methods for monitoring and evaluating side effects of prescription drugs.

McGill's Biostatistics group represents one of the largest concentrations of PhD-level biostatisticians in Canada. We are known for exceptional quality research and graduate training program in Biostatistics, offering studies at the MSc and PhD level. Our programs share courses with the Mathematics and Statistics, while placing a strong emphasis on communication and practical data analysis skills, thus providing our students with a rigorous education in theory, methodology and timely applications in health research. McGill Biostatistics Alumni find employment in academia, government and industry in Canada or abroad.


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