Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Centers & Institutes


The Biostatistics Consulting Center is operated by the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics within the School of Public Health-Bloomington at Indiana University.

Our mission is to provide study design and data analysis support for health-related research.

We provide consulting to IU faculty, research staff, students, and external organizations or companies.


Our services include:

  • Study design (experiments and surveys)
  • Grant development
  • Sample size calculation and power analysis
  • Data modeling and analysis
  • Interpretation of analysis results
  • Professional and scientific report-writing

Support can range from quick questions or short-term projects to long-term collaborative work.

Consultants work primarily with SAS, Stata, R and SPSS, but we can work with clients using any software that is most convenient for them.


Consultants are available to meet in the Public Health building (PH C028 & C030) in addition to Woodburn 200.

Walk-in services are generally available, but appointments are recommended.

Meet Our Team

Our team consists of PhD and Masters level consultants with expertise in a wide range of statistical/epidemiological methods, statistical programming, and data management. These areas include study design, sample size and power calculation, linear regression modeling, categorical data analysis, logistic regression modeling, survival data analysis, longitudinal data analysis, mixed effects modeling, non-parametric statistical methods, survey sampling, genetic data analysis, and statistical programming.

Our core team includes:

  • Stephanie Dickinson, Manager & Senior Biostatistician
  • Joel Greenshields, Biostatistics Associate, PhD candidate in Kinesiology
  • Alex YueYao Li, Biostatistics Associate, PhD candidate in Epidemiology
  • Brandy Paul, Research Associate, MPH candidate in Epidemiology

Our faculty Director is  Zhongxue Chen.

All PhD faculty in the department are also members of the center. Please browse the research areas in their faculty profiles to see how they can collaborate on your next project.

Consulting Fee/Rates

Four hours of free service are provided for any health-related research project at IU, for faculty or graduate students.

We can also provide additional free support on grant applications when Biostatistics & Epidemiology personnel are included as co-investigators or statisticians in the grant application and budget.

Statisticians (MS or PhD) are often included in grants or contracts as a %FTE, or projects can be billed hourly. Fees will be calculated on a half-hour basis after the first four free hours of statistical consultation.

The lead consultant will help estimate the number of hours or %FTE needed at the initial stage of each project and communicate with clients.

IU clients will be billed to a specified Research Account using Internal Billing.

External customers will be sent an invoice from IU Accounts Receivable to pay via check or credit card.

The fee schedule is as follows:

  • IU researchers: $45/hr
  • External Non-profits: $75/hr
  • External for Profits: $100/hr

Rates are based on actual cost to the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. The fee schedule includes all expenses related to department personnel and enables them to perform their duties related to the research project and carry out the mission of the center. These include use of the department's computing facilities, systems support, software, administrative support, professional travel, supplies, and telephone.

Rates for research projects outside of Indiana University contain an additional component to help support the education, research, and service missions of the department.


Recent clients of the center include faculty from:

  • Department of Applied Health Science, SPH, IUB
  • Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, SPH, IUB
  • Department of Kinesiology, SPH, IUB
  • Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Studies, SPH, IUB
  • School of Optometry, IUB
  • Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology, IUPUI
  • IU Simon Cancer Center & IU School of Medicine

We are involved in multiple grant applications and research projects funded by various organizations (e.g., NIH, NSF), university internal funds, and other funding sources.

Let us know how we can help with your project!

Other Resources

Statistical consulting and support at IUB are also available from:

Contact Us

To request services and schedule an appointment please fill out our web contact form.

For general questions or to send files, please email biostats@indiana.edu.

Biostatistics Consulting Center
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
School of Public Health-Bloomington
PH C028 & C030, 1025 E. 7th Street
Bloomington, IN 47405