The Vanderbilt Department of Biostatistics offers many opportunities for continued education and professional development for department members, as well as community members.

The Department of Biostatistics hosts weekly seminars and workshops for persons interested in applied statistics, statistical theory, epidemiology, health services research, clinical trials methodology, statistical computing, statistical graphics, and R.  Speakers vary from Department faculty to VU/VUMC faculty to external faculty.

Date:  Weekly on Wednesdays during the Fall and Spring semesters

Time:  1:30PM - 2:30PM

Location:  MRB III, Room 1220 

For more details, please visit the Department of Biostatistics Weekly Seminar Series homepage.

Biostatistics Clinics are a free service staffed by the Department of Biostatistics and open to all members of the Vanderbilt and Meharry communities who have methodologic questions about their research projects or about published articles.

Date:  Monday thru Friday

Time:  12:00PM-1:15PM

Location:  Location varies

For more details and to sign up for a clinic, please go to the Biostatistics Clinics homepage.

The Statistical Computing Series is a monthly event for learning various aspects of modern statistical computing from practitioners in the Department of Biostatistics. We focus on topics related to the R language, Python, and related tools, but we include the broadest possible range of content related to effective statistical computation. The format varies, depending on the speaker and the topic, from lectures to demonstrations to hands-on workshops.

Date:  Held the 4th Friday of each month

Time:  1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Location:  Dept of  Biostatistics Conference Room 
                 2525 West End Avenue, Suite 1100, Room 11105

For more details, please visit the Statistical Computing Series homepage.



The Continuing Education Seminar Series is a monthly event designed to facilitate the continuing education of staff biostatisticians on theoretical knowledge and technical skills. General topics include statistical methods, programming, collaboration, and statistical writing and all Department members are welcome.

Date:  Third Friday of each month 

Time:  12:15PM - 1:15PM

Location:  Department of  Biostatistics Conference Room 
                 2525 West End Avenue, Suite 1100, Room 11105

For more details, please visit the Continuing Education Seminar Series homepage.

The Vandy Causal Workshop meets weekly and the meeting time varies per semester.  Each meeting is different, but the meetings are generally used to do one of the following:

  • Lead discussions on published papers on causal inference
  • Present our own works-in progress and solicit feedback and suggestions
  • Provide tutorials on R packages/other software
  • Go through notes on targeted learning

Date:  Tuesdays (beginning May 7 - July 23)

Time:  12:30PM - 1:30PM

Location:  Department of  Biostatistics Conference Room 
                 2525 West End Avenue, Suite 1100, Room 11105

Topics and areas of application vary substantially from week to week, so this is a great opportunity for people just starting out in causal and for people who have prior exposure seeking to enrich their understanding.  There is no pressure to attend every single week and all are welcome.  Contact Andrew Speaker for more details, if interested.


    Please join us in Nashville for the Workshop on New Methods in Neuroimaging Data Analysis on Saturday, March 21, 2020 from 9:30am to 5:15pm. This satellite meeting will be held at Vanderbilt University prior to the Eastern North American Region (ENAR) of the International Biometric Society annual meeting. This workshop will focus on discussing various new and emerging methodology or techniques in neuroimage data processing and analysis, consisting of lectures by experts in the field of neuroimage data processing, analysis, and poster sessions. The main goal of this workshop is to foster interaction among researchers and their trainees in the field for fruitful future collaboration.  Lunch and afternoon coffee will be provided. Students and trainees are recommended to present their posters that they have prepared for ENAR 2020.  Please follow the ENAR guidelines for poster sizing and preparation.  We will have poster display boards set in the back of the room where posters can be set up during check-in (8:30am-9:30am) and shared during the lunch break. Registration is now OPEN and will remain open through Monday, March 16, 2020.  Please follow the link on this page to complete your registration today!  Space is limited. Please click here to REGISTER NOW.   Date:  Saturday, March 21, 2020 Time:  9:30am - 5:15pm (Check-in and poster set-up from 8:30am-9:30am) Location:  The Wond'ry at Vanderbilt, 2414 Highland Ave, #34, Nashville, TN Registration:  $25 For more information regarding the Scientific Program, please contact: Dr. Hakmook Kang,

    We offer a four session short course for Regression Modeling Strategies taught by Frank E. Harrell, Jr., Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Biostatistics at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. This course will be held Tuesday, May 12- Friday, May 15, 2020 on the Vanderbilt campus in Alumni Hall, with an optional R and RStudio workshop held on Monday, May 11, 2020.  Information from previous years' courses can be found here.

    Please check back as registration will be available in February 2020.  

    Our CQS Summer Institute offers four great courses that will sharpen your quantitative research skills and give you methods and tools to deepen your understanding in biostatistics and bioinformatics.  Registration is expected to open in late April and participants are highly encouraged to enroll in multiple courses.  Space for each course is limited so register quickly to reserve your spot!

    More information coming in Spring 2020! 

    Tentative Dates:  Monday, August 3, 2020 - Friday, August 7, 2020
                                Monday, August 10, 2020 - Friday, August 14, 2020

    Time:  9:00AM - 12:00PM & 1:00PM-4:00PM daily

    Location:  Vanderbilt University
                     Kissam Center Classroom, C216
                     Nashville, Tennessee

    Prospective 2020 CQS Summer Institute Courses:
    Machine Learning in Data Science
    Instructor: Matt Shotwell, PhD, Associate Professor of Biostatistics
    Dates TBD
    Time TBD
    Kissam Center Classroom, C216

    Advanced Statistical Modeling
    Instructor: Fei Ye, PhD, Associate Professor of Biostatistics
    Dates TBD
    Time TBD
    Kissam Center Classroom, C216

    Big Data in Biomedical Research
    Instructors: Yu Shyr, PhD, Professor and Chair of Biostatistics & Qi Liu, PhD, Associate Professor of Biostatistics
    Dates TBD
    Time TBD
    Kissam Center Classroom, C216

    Statistical Causal Inference
    Instructor: Andrew Spieker, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biostatistics
    Dates TBD
    Time TBD
    Kissam Center Classroom, C216

    Course Fees:
    The course fees will be as follows (per course):
    TBD for VU/VUMC students/trainees/postdocs
    TBD for VU/VUMC Faculty or Staff
    TBD for non-VU/VUMC faculty, staff, student, trainee or postdoc

    *Academic credit is not provided unless otherwise noted in the course description.