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MS in Biostatistics

Program Overview

Core Competencies


The Master of Science in Biostatistics degree is designed to provide graduate level training in the application and theory of biostatistics. Students have the opportunity to do mentored work with faculty on ongoing health science research projects.

The program is aimed at those wishing to pursue careers as collaborative biostatisticians in the basic, clinical, translational or population sciences or who want to apply for doctoral programs in biostatistics. The program is also appropriate for some clinical and translational researchers, as well as working professionals throughout the state – including public health practitioners, laboratory scientists, data managers and database programmers, or for students who have earned a Graduate Certificate in Biostatistics and wish to pursue further training. Graduates are employed by local, state and federal agencies, health and medical centers, pharmaceutical companies and research institutions.

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

Students graduating from our program will be able to:

  • Apply intermediate to advanced biostatistical theory and techniques to design, plan, and manage data collection to conduct analysis for own research projects or support collaborative research teams
  • Translate broad research goals into specifications and procedures for statistical analysis and interpretation of results in basic, clinical, translational and public health research studies
  • Select and use appropriate statistical analysis software for assessment, decision-making and information-sharing (e.g., Stata, SAS, R or other special programs)
  • Communicate statistical methods and findings clearly and unambiguously to specialists and non-specialist audiences

Application questions – Josh Hodsden, MBA

Registration questions – Laura Ehrlich, M.Ed.

Program Director – Rochelle Fu, PhD