Biostatistics Consulting Center

The Biostatistics Consulting Center is a unit within the Biostatistics Department of the College of Public Health. The unit was established to provide biostatistical consulting to the Carver College of Medicine (CCOM), and continues to offer expert statistical consulting for the CCOM researchers, as well as other health science researchers at the University of Iowa Colleges of Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy and Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Full-time and student consultants from the Biostatistics Consulting Center work with investigators during all phases of health science research: proposal development, study design, data form or questionnaire development, data entry, data management, statistical analysis, and report preparation. We are actively involved in research projects ranging from brief consultations to long-term collaborative research.

Departmental faculty members are available as consultants to Center staff and to all faculty, staff, and students of the health science colleges should the need arise.


Dr. M. Bridget Zimmerman, Director
Professor (Clinical)
Phone: (319) 384-1590

In addition, biostatistics graduate students are employed as consultants as well.

Consulting Services

The Consulting Center assists researchers with all phases of basic science, clinical, and epidemiologic research. From an investigator’s objectives, questions, and hypotheses, we can:

  • assist with grant proposal development,
  • assist in study design,
  • develop efficient data management strategies,
  • perform appropriate statistical analysis,
  • assist in writing reports for scientific publication,
  • data entry service and consulting with forms design.

Health science researchers may use Biostatistics Consulting Center staff as advisors during the planning of their projects and preparation of grant proposals. With the Center’s help, researchers can develop survey or experimental designs involving appropriate numbers of cases to achieve desired statistical power.


Consulting fees  for statistical consulting services provided by Dr. Zimmerman, or another faculty, are charged at $120 per hour. Statistical consulting work provided by Biostatistics graduate student staff is charged at $70 per hour.

Long term student consulting services will be charged at the following rates:

  • 20 hours a week $4,000 a month
  • 10 hours a week $2,100 a month

To request a biostatistical consultation, please complete a BCC Data Analysis Request.