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Certificate in Biostatistics

Program Overview

Core Competencies


The Graduate Certificate in Biostatistics program provides basic to intermediate training in graduate level biostatistics for students with a range of interests in the health sciences. The program is aimed at researchers, students in other programs and working professionals who are interested in becoming more skilled in biostatistics methods and theory. Many students also have chosen the graduate certificate program to begin learning biostatistics prior to applying to the M.S. or M.P.H. in Biostatistics programs.

The program is made up of formal teaching sessions along with hands-on statistical computing. In classroom and the laboratory, students learn to analyze projects using real-life data. Students also have the opportunity to do mentored work with faculty on ongoing health science research projects.

An accurate and current example of the Program of Study can be viewed in the relevant Student Handbook.

Students graduating from this program will be able to:

  • Perform a broad range of basic and intermediate level applied statistical procedures that are required in basic, clinical, population and translational sciences.
  • Interpret and summarize analysis results in research reports and papers and communicate them to individuals with varying degrees of statistical knowledge.
  • Conduct analyses for one’s own research projects or provide support to collaborative research teams.

Application questions – Josh Hodsden, MBA

Registration questions – Laura Ehrlich, M.Ed.

Program Director – Rochelle Fu, PhD