Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics  

Research opportunities currently available for Master's and Ph.D. students!

New course offerings beginning in Fall 2014:

  • BINF 6400 DATABASES AND SQL (click here for more information)
    Do you want to enhance your resume by adding SQL and database development knowledge and skills? If yes, then the new "Databases and SQL" course is perfect for you. This course focuses on database design and SQL, the most commonly used database language for creating, controlling, retrieving, and managing relational databases. After taking this course, you will be able to design and construct databases, write SQL, and apply practical skills in MySQL and SAS.

New course offerings beginning in Spring 2014:

  • BIOS 7380: Bayesian Inference (click here for more information)
    Bayesian analysis provides a coherent and integrated approach to data analysis by combining prior knowledge with observed information, and is gaining increasing interest and support in a broad range of scientific areas. This new course offers students to build a solid foundation on Bayesian theories and their applications in solving important research questions in biomedical and public health sciences.

New course offerings beginning in Spring 2014:

  • BINF 6300: Introduction to Public Health Informatics (click here for more information)
    The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected a 49 percent growth in jobs related with health information management.
    The Department of Biostatistics and bioinformatics is setting up a Certificate and MPH program in Public Health Informatics. The BINF 6300 is a core course of the proposed Certificate and MPH program.
    Following courses are suggested for the proposed certificate in Public Health Informatics:
    • BINF 6300 Introduction to Public Health Informatics (3 credit hours)
    • BINF 7310 Advanced Public Health Informatics (3 credit hours) (Planned to open in Fall, 2014)
    • BIOS 6220 Database Management in the Health Sciences (3 credit hours)
    • BIOS 6300 Introduction to ArcGIS (1 credit hours)
    • BIOS 6800 Introduction to Public Health GIS (3 credit hours)
    • GHSD 6780 Information Systems (2 credit hours)

New course offerings beginning in Spring 2013:

New course offerings beginning in Fall 2012:

New course offerings beginning in Spring 2012:



Biostatistics is a branch of applied statistics and is concerned with developing and using techniques to summarize and analyze medical and biological data.

The teaching and research programs prepare the student to be part of an interdisciplinary team for conducting medical and public health research. Students learn to extract and report data from existing databases, to create new databases as appropriate, and to analyze these data.  Advanced level students learn to address issues in the development and appropriate use of statistical methods. 


Lognormal Density


Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Biostatistics is to advance the discipline by training students in methods research and its application, conducting methodological and collaborative interdisciplinary research in the fields of public health and medicine, and by providing to the academic, research and professional committees.




Department of Biostatistics, 1440 Canal Street, Suite 2001, New Orleans, LA 70112, 504-988-5164