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Biostatistics Center, Kurume University

What is Biostatistics?

Biostatistics is a branch of statistics that develops and applies mathematical and statistical methods to the study of all life science subjects. The roles of a biostatistician encompass the design of biological experiments or clinical trials, the collection and analysis of data and the interpretation of the results. As one of the leading institutes that specialize in biostatistics in Japan, Biostatistics Center, Kurume University, provides the state-of-the-art expertise in biostatistics to students and clients in Kurume University and beyond.


Director, Professor

Furukawa, KyojiPh.D.

Research Interest
  • Methodology and applications in survival analysis
  • Statistical modeling of environmental epidemiology data
  • Statistical methods for risk evaluations and predictions
  • Bayesian statistical models

Deputy Director, Professor

Nomura, MasatoshiM.D., Ph.D.


Murotani, KentaPh.D. in Biostatistics

Research Interest
  • Clinical trial design
  • Diagnostic medicine
  • Statistical consulting

Visiting Professor

Yanawaga, TakashiDr of Science

Research Interest
  • Methodological study in observational data
  • Design and analysis of clinical trials
  • Environmental risk assessment
  • Data science

Associate Professor

Emura, TakeshiPh.D.

Research Interest
  • Survival prediction methods
  • Frailty and copula models
  • Dependent censoring
  • Validation methods of survival surrogate endpoints
  • Left-truncation and right-censoring

Associate Professor

Ohyama, TetsujiPh.D. in Biostatistics

Research Interest
  • Interobserver agreement and reliability
  • Statistical method for early clinical trial

Assistant Professor

Obara, HitoshiPh.D. in Biostatistics

Research Interest
  • Statistical Analysis of Medical Big data

Assistant Professor

Matsumoto, KotaroM.P.H / Ph.D.

Research Interest
  • Research on the development and implementation of data-driven prediction models of clinical outcome or event
  • Research on the implementation of machine learning models using model-agnostic interpretation methods in clinical practice
  • Research on establishment of Learning Health System using electronic clinical pathway
  • Application of machine learning methods to social medicine
  • Analysis of the DPC(Diagnosis Procedure Combination) data and secondary medical data such as electronic clinical path data, laboratory data, and incident reports
  • The utilization of open medical data such as DPC public data, hospital bed function report data, and NDB open data

Programs & Degrees

A career in biostatistics is an ideal path if you are interested in applying mathematical and computational methods to solving real-world problems in medical sciences. Our graduate program offers a foundation in both theory and methodology in biostatistics.

Courses in Master of Medical Science (MS):

Our courses for Master’s degree in Biostatistics prepare you for careers such as a clinical trial statistician, research scientist, or data analyst in pharmaceutical industry or at a research institution.

  • Introduction to Bio-Data Analysis [2]
  • Basic Biostatistics [4]
  • Biostatistical Methodology in Clinical Trials [2]
  • Theoretical Biostatistics [4]
  • Making of protocol and research design of bioscience [1]
  • Bioethics II [2]
  • Medical Data Analysis [2]
  • Biostatistics Seminar I [3]
  • Bioinformatics Seminar I [3]
  • Bio-Data Modeling [2]
  • Bio-Data Mining [2]
  • Environmental Statistics [1]
  • Introduction to Statistical Epidemiology [1]
  • Introduction to Genome Science [2]
  • Observational Data Analysis I [1]
  • Introduction to Pharmacokinetic/Pharmacodynamic [1]
  • Survival Analysis [2]
  • Observational Data Analysis II 1]
  • Bioinformatics I [1]
  • Bioinformatics II [1]
  • Biostatistical Methods in Clinical trials [1]

Courses in Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Medical Science / Medical Biostatistics

Our courses for PhD in Medical Science and Medical Biostatistics prepare you for careers as an independent investigator, educator, or highly-qualified practitioner of biostatistics.

  • Fundamentals of Bio-Data Analysis [2]
  • Fundamentals of Categorical Data Analysis [2]
  • Applied Biostatistics in Clinical Trials [2]
  • Protocol Development and Study Design (Practicum) [1]
  • Bio-Data Analysis I (Lab) [2]
  • Biostatistics Seminars I [4], II[4], III[4], IV[4]
  • Fundamentals of Statistical Epidemiology [2]
  • Fundamentals of Genomic Science [2]
  • Advanced Observational Data Analysis [1]
  • Applied Environmental Statistics [1]
  • Fundamentals of Pharmacokinetic/Pharmacodynamic [1]
  • Fundamentals of Survival Analysis [2]
  • Applied Statistical Epidemiology I [1]
  • Applied Bioinformatics I [1]
  • Applied Bioinformatics II [1]
  • Advanced Topics in Clinical Data Analysis [1]

Contact Us

Biostatistics Center
Kurume University Graduate School of Medicine
67 Asahi-machi, Kurume, Japan 830-0011
TEL: +81-942-31-7835
FAX: +81-942-31-7865
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