Degree Options:


Many issues in the health, medical, and biological sciences are addressed by collecting and exploring relevant data. The development and application of techniques to better understand such data is the fundamental concern of the Group in Biostatistics. The program offers training in theory of statistics and biostatistics, computer implementation of analytic methods, and opportunities to use this knowledge in areas of biological/medical research. The resources and facilities in the School of Public Health and the Department of Statistics, together with those of other university departments, offer a broad set of opportunities to satisfy the needs of individual students. Involvement of faculty from the Department of Biostatistics & Epidemiology at UC San Francisco enriches instructional and research activities.

Master of Arts (MA) in Biostatistics



Some students pursuing the MA intend to go on for a PhD but many others take research, statistical, and analytical positions in federal agencies, state and local health departments, and health care delivery.

Master of Public Health (MPH) in Biostatistics



Graduates are qualified for positions in federal, state, and local health departments as well as a variety of positions in academic research and in the private medical and health care fields. Some go on to pursue doctoral studies in epidemiology or biostatistics.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Biostatistics



Doctoral graduates most often accept faculty positions in schools of public health and statistics and/or math departments at colleges and universities in the United States and abroad, although some PhD graduates have taken research positions in pharmaceutical companies or hospital research units and the like.

Biostatistics Faculty

Core Faculty

Maya Petersen, co-Chair Graduate Group in Biostatistics 
Mark van der Laanco-Chair Graduate Group in Biostatistics
Sandrine Dudoit
Alan Hubbard
Lexin Li
John Marshall
Corinne Riddell

Head of Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Art Reingold

Clinical Faculty

Deryk Van Brunt


Nicholas Jewell
Steve Selvin

Other UC Berkeley Faculty in the Graduate Group in Biostatistics

David R. Brillinger, Statistics
Perry De Valpine, Environmental Science, Policy and Management
Haiyan Huang, Statistics
Priya Moorjan, Molecular and Cell Biology
Rasmus Nielsen, Integrative Biology
Elizabeth Purdom, Statistics
Sophia Rabe-Hesketh, Graduate School of Education
Bin Yu, Electrical Engineering Computer Science and Statistics