Master of Science in Biostatistics

The Biostatistics M.S. and Ph.D. programs were created to help meet the ever-increasing demand for biostatisticians to take leadership roles in careers as researchers and educators in academia, government, and industry. Faculty members are active researchers collaborating and consulting in research projects and initiatives at the Medical Center, in addition to pursuing their own research agendas and participating in curricular instruction. Expertise in the Department includes linear, nonlinear, and longitudinal modeling; clinical trial and experimental design; survival analysis; categorical data analysis; robust statistics; psychometric methods; statistical 'omics; bioinformatics; Bayesian methodology; data science; and machine learning.

The Biostatistics MS program produces graduates that are prepared to function as biostatisticians or biostatistical consultants. Therefore, graduates gain an extensive understanding of biostatistical theory and practice and should be proficient in the application of statistical methods to one or more areas in the health sciences.  At the completion of the M.S. degree in Biostatistics the graduate should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a broad knowledge and understanding of statistical theory and practice as applicable in the health sciences.

  2. Function as a collaborator on a research team.

  3. Take a leadership role in the design and implementation of a health science project.

  4. Assume responsibility for the design and implementation of analyses for health science investigations.

  5. Assist with the design and implementation of data management systems for large health science studies.

  6. Prepare reports and publications resulting from health science studies.

  7. Serve as an advocate for good statistical design in health science investigations.