Department of Biostatistics, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

The UCLA Division of Biostatistics was established in the School of Public Health (SPH) in 1959 and awarded its first Ph.D. degree in 1963. The department was established to carry out the following goals:

  • Develop a graduate program to meet the demand for well-trained biostatisticians.
  • Develop biostatistical research programs responsive to the scientific problems encountered in public health and biomedicine.
  • Actively collaborate with investigators at UCLA and worldwide to solve global health problems.

With over 25 faculty and 60 students, our department today is a leader in biostatistical training for academia, government and industry. UCLA is at the forefront of scientific research and policy issues in Public Health, Biology and Medicine. The Biostatistics department is centrally located in the UCLA "Center for Health Sciences", which facilitates collaborations among all health science departments including Public Health, Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, the Neuropsychiatric Institute, Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the AIDS Institute. Faculty members collaborate with investigators in an extremely large number of diverse disciplines, and as a result biostatistics students have ample research opportunities. Our research programs in Bayesian methods, causal inference, genetics, hierarchical models, HIV/AIDS, longitudinal data analysis, phylogeny, survival analysis, and optimal design are well-respected nationally and internationally. We continue to grow in terms of our faculty, students and programs to meet current and future needs.


Currently, we offer M.S., Ph.D., M.P.H. and Dr.P.H. graduate degrees (there is no undergraduate major). For more information please download our department overview and visit the prospective students page.