Statistics is the science that quantifies and studies uncertainty. Its theme is to make inferences about a study population using data in a sample from that population. Biostatistics encompasses the development of statistical theory and methods, and their application to a wide range of problems in biomedicine from laboratory investigations, clinical trials to population/epidemiological studies.
The Division of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics has an excellent record covering the full spectrum from biostatistics methodological research via collaborative research in biomedicine to biostatistics education and training. The Division was formed with the merger of the original Division of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics of the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health and the Biostatistics Shared Service of the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center in 2009 with support from the Dean’s Office, the Department, and the Cancer Center. Our mission is to excel in biostatistics and bioinformatics education/training; to conduct high-quality methodological and collaborative biostatistics/bioinformatics research; and to provide an essential component of the scientific basis for quantitative biomedical research throughout the Greenebaum Cancer Center, the Medical Center and the University of Maryland.