The Department of Biostatistics came into existence in Amrita School of Medicine, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences on 1st December 2005 with the joining of Prof. K. R. Sundaram as the Head of the Department.
The Medical Council of India had acknowledged the need to cultivate scientific and logical thought among the doctors, otherwise busy with their clinical and laboratory work. Biostatistics was recognized as the basic tool to achieve this. During the last four decades, biological, scientific and medical sciences have shown remarkable advances and this has made ‘decision making’, particularly in the fields of health care, dependent on the ability of medical and biological scientists to base their decisions on a variety of carefully planned, executed, analyzed and interpreted investigations like epidemiological studies, clinical trials, biological assays, laboratory experiments, operations research and hospital and community based registries. In this context, a medical professional’s training, particularly that of a medical researcher or medical administrator, would be considered incomplete today without a reasonable acquaintance with the potentialities of applications of biostatistical techniques to enable him / her to plan his / her research studies with scientifically and statistically valid designs and minimum sample size and to arrive at valid and meaningful conclusions by applying appropriate statistical methods.
In order to foster the learning of potentialities of biostatistical applications in health and medical care among researchers and students, it was essential to create an independent Department of Biostatistics as an integral part of this medical and research institute. Faculty, research staff and students at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences interested in doing research work in medicine, biology and public health will have direct access to this department for designing their research protocols, for consultation on the statistical analysis of their data , interpreting the results and in report writing.
The department participates in almost all the academic and research activities of the institute strengthening the medical education and research at the institute with respect to all the relevant areas.