The UCLA Division of Biostatistics was established in the beginning of 1959 in the then new School of Public Health. Among other degree programs, the division offered the Ph.D. in biostatistics, with the first degree being awarded in 1963. The Department of Biostatistics was established in 1989 when the School of Public Health reorganized from a single school-wide department into five departments.
- To develop graduate programs in biostatistics to assist in filling demonstrated need for well-trained biostatisticians.
- To develop biostatistical research programs responsive to the scientific problems encountered in public health and biomedicine.
- To actively collaborate with investigators at UCLA and worldwide in the solution of health problems.