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Message from the Chair


I thank you for your interest in Hopkins Biostatistics!

Karen Bandeen-RocheFor those of you who may be visiting as alumni and friends, our Department remains the very special place you knew. Walk around our hallways, or duck a head into one of our common spaces, and chances are you’ll happen upon a discussion. It might be a cluster working out a problem on a whiteboard or a roomful of faculty, fellows and students chatting about the previous day’s seminar over tea. More than likely, you’ll hear laughter ringing from the library where members of our community still gather for lunch every day.

Whether you’re an old-timer or newcomer, I hope you’ll enjoy learning more about our Department as we enjoy the very special time for data, science, and statistics that this information age has presented us. Continuing a tradition nearly a century old, we aim to lead in discovery along the full breadth of our amazing field—from the creation of methodologies that will better data analysis for years to come, to design of experiments and data collection and analysis strategies for specific programs of research in public health and biomedicine, to the production of tools so that others can implement our discoveries for themselves. Our current areas of biostatistical strength include modeling for survival; longitudinal and multivariate data; inference—causal and otherwise; and methodologies for big data measurement, inference, feature detection, and prediction. We are deploying powerful strategies to unravel the mysteries of human aging and brain functioning; to understand the health implications of our molecular biology; and to learn whether treatments work, identify subgroups for whom treatments work best, determine how our health is modified by our environment, and better define health in its psychosocial domains. In parallel to the scholarship that we lead, we also proudly partner to collaborate and consult with our colleagues throughout the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in their research. Through it all, like our sister departments at the Bloomberg School, we are passionately dedicated to improving public health

We also are committed to providing education of the highest quality—both for our own doctoral and master degree students, and for the hundreds of students pursuing degrees in other departments whom we instruct in biostatistics each year. We embrace some tried-and-true methods: For our own degree students, apprenticeship built on a rigorous knowledge foundation; and for students around the school and university, dedicated teaching supported by a caring cadre of student assistants. But we’re also innovating with active learning, blended models, self-learning tools that leverage today’s technology, and online learning—massive and otherwise. We believe there is no better place to learn than our Department and School.

As we are proud of our leading position among departments of biostatistics, we are equally honored to be integrated within the nation’s leading School of Public Health, the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, and our University as a whole. These institutions provide our faculty, students and staff with scientific data, opportunities, and colleagues who generously embrace collaboration; it's a learning and working environment that we believe is unsurpassed anywhere. As you learn about us, we hope you will take a few moments to learn about these valued partners.

Thank you sincerely for your visit—and for the support provided by so many of you. Without it, we could not recruit outstanding faculty, trainees and staff, or seed innovative initiatives in discovery and education. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with questions and comments.  I hope I’ll have the pleasure of welcoming many of you in Baltimore.

Karen Bandeen-Roche
Frank Hurley and Catharine Dorrier Professor and Chair