Biostatistics is the application of the science of statistics to a wide range of problems in biology and medicine. The Biostatistics Core provides statistical support for Kaiser Permanente Northern California research scientists both within and external to the Division of Research. Faculty also conduct independent research on statistical methods. Core faculty have expertise in study design, protocol and proposal development and review, data analysis, and the publication of results.
The Division of Research's Biostatistical Consulting Unit, under the direction of Mary Anne Armstrong, MA, provides biostatistical and programming support to clinician investigators in Kaiser Permanente Northern California.
Because causal evidence is central to informing operational and clinical decisions, most research activities conducted by investigators in the Division of Research aim to draw causal inferences from experimental or nonexperimental data.