Information about the MS and PhD programs

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The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatics offers MS and PhD degrees in biostatistics and a PhD degree in epidemiology. The following provides a brief description of each program.

 

Learn how to apply to any of the programs listed below

More information about these degrees can be found here, in the student handbook

 

Master of Science (M.S.) in Biostatistics

The M.S. degree in Biostatistics will be awarded in recognition of in-depth knowledge and comprehensive understanding of Biostatistics. 

Students receiving a M.S. in Biostatistics should meet the following competencies:

  • Demonstrate a command of core biostatistical techniques, including their computation, theoretical underpinnings, and their application in public health and biomedicine.
  • Collaborate with investigators in public health and biomedicine on the design of clinical trials, case-control studies, public health surveys, and other experimental and observational studies.
  • Conduct research critically evaluating extant and new statistical methods using appropriate computational tools.
  • Communicate effectively with investigators in public health and biomedical research.
  • Demonstrate and practice ethical research as it pertains to data management, analysis, and interpretation.
  • Critique the statistical content of the public health and biomedical literature.

Students will achieve those competencies through course work, collaboration with researchers in biomedicine and public health, and the completion of a thesis under the mentorship of Biostatistics faculty.

 

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Biostatistics

The degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Biostatistics will be awarded in recognition of in-depth knowledge and comprehensive understanding of Biostatistics together with a demonstrated ability to perform independent research contributing new and innovative biostatistical methods. 

Students receiving a Ph.D. in Biostatistics should meet the following competencies:

  • Demonstrate a command of core biostatistical techniques, including their computation, theoretical underpinnings, and their application in public health and biomedicine. 
  • Work independently as a collaborator with public health and biomedical researchers to design clinical trials, case-control studies, public health surveys, and other experimental and observational studies.
  • Create, conduct and publish original research on the theory and application of biostatistics aimed at developing new and innovative methods for analysis of public health and biomedical data.
  • Communicate effectively with investigators in public health and biomedical research.
  • Teach biostatistics to undergraduate students in public health, biomedicine, and related fields.
  • Demonstrate and practice ethical research as it pertains to data management, analysis, and interpretation.
  • Critique the statistical literature, and the statistical content of the public health and biomedical literature.

Students will achieve those competencies through course work, collaboration with researchers in biomedicine and public health, and completion of a dissertation under the mentorship of Biostatistics faculty. 

 

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Epidemiology

The Ph.D. program in Epidemiology trains public health professionals and researchers in the use of epidemiological principles to conduct innovative research, teaching and service to address existing and emerging public health issues.

The goals of the program in Epidemiology are to:

  • Improve public health through the application of methods and approaches in Epidemiology
  • Create new knowledge in the field of Epidemiology, with a special emphasis on identifying emerging areas of enquiry, especially those that cross disciplinary boundaries
  • Translate new knowledge in Epidemiology so that it may be implemented and used to improve public health
  • Create the next generation of epidemiologists who can respond to the challenges in public health in the future, educate future students in the field, and provide service to the community
  • Serve the larger communities in which we live and work, by using our special skills and knowledge

 

More information about these degrees can be found here, in the student handbook

Learn how to apply to any of the programs listed above