Welcome to the Department of Biostatistics at Vanderbilt University!

The department was founded in 2003, tasked with the mission of bringing biostatistical expertise to the Vanderbilt community. With the unflagging support of the School of Medicine, and the diligence and creativity of our faculty and staff, we fulfill our mission daily: engaging in cutting-edge statistical methodology research, providing collaborative support and educational resources for biomedical and basic science researchers across the university, and training a new generation of biostatisticians.

Today, more than a decade since our inception, the department stands poised to enter a new era: the era of big data, in which biostatisticians are challenged to expand their skills and knowledge beyond traditional statistical modeling and inference, to the broader tasks of bringing order to enormous quantities of structured and unstructured data, and to find the patterns and make the predictions that support the promise of precision medicine.

We are excited to embrace the opportunities of this new era, and look forward to meeting each new challenge, together.

Professor and Chair

News and Events


Dr. Peter Rebeiro received the 2021 Division of Epidemiology Teaching Award.


The 2021 CQS Summer Institute 

The Center for Quantitative Sciences is offering three weeklong courses via Zoom: Big Data in Biomedical Research (August 2–6), Introduction to Causal Inference (August 2–6), and Regression and Modeling in R (August 9–13). Register by July 26 for the courses beginning on August 2, and by August 2 for the course that starts on August 9. Learn more and sign up at the Summer Institute page.

Course materials and links will be emailed to Big Data and Casual Inference participants on July 27, and to Regression and Modeling participants on August 3.