The Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics is home to internationally-recognized faculty engaged in both collaborative and methodological research who have flourished in the university's deep culture of collaborative interdisciplinary science. Faculty areas of expertise include biostatistics applied to pre-clinical, clinical and population health research; biomedical and clinical informatics; and statistical genetics and genomics.

As part of its scholarly missions, the Department serves as a resource for investigators in the basic, clinical, and population health sciences, including genetics and genomics. Department faculty and staff collaborate in the design, conduct, and analyses of laboratory, clinical, epidemiologic, health services, and genetic studies with scientists and clinicians from departments and centers across the UW campus and the state. These include the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, the UW Carbone Cancer Center, and the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation.