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About Biostatistics

Biostatistics is an exciting discipline devoted to the development and application of innovative methods for using data to answer important questions in areas ranging from clinical trials, population health to biological science. When evaluating new pharmaceutical treatments biostatisticians play an important role in all phases of drug development through the design and analysis of clinical trials. In population health research biostatisticians can work closely with epidemiologists in the design of cross-sectional, cohort or retrospective studies to illucidate the causal mechanisms of chronic disease. In biology interest may lie in how individual organisms or ecosystems respond to pollutants through the analysis of experimental or observational data.

The Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science at the University of Waterloo has a strong record of impact in a diverse range of areas in Biostatistics.

Our strengths include:

  • the analysis of life history data
  • longitudinal data analysis
  • the design and analysis of clinical trials
  • epidemiological studies
  • clustered data
  • methods for dealing with incomplete data and measurement error
  • causal inference and studies of biological systems.