The Masters (MS) degree in Biostatistics provides individuals with rigorous training in statistical methodology in order to prepare them for careers as biostatisticians to collaborate with and provide statistical support to scientists and researches in biomedical, health sciences and other related areas of research.
The M.S. program provides an intensive exposure to the wide range of methodologies and techniques needed to function and excel as a biostatistician, with expertise in designing data collection for experiments, observational studies, and clinical trials,extracting information stored in various forms, and analyzing, reporting and presenting the findings.
The two-year program comprises three parts: a core set of 28 credit hours of didactic courses that all students take, 12 credit hours of elective courses, and a research thesis or a consulting project. Students choose, with the advice and approval of their advisory committees, one of these options:
A formal thesis, directed by a Biostatistics faculty member, will be required. The student will conduct their research under Thesis Research (STAT 8920), for a minimum of 6 credit hours. The thesis project for the MS program will be of two types: (i) use of established but state-of-the-art statistical tools to analyze and report on collected data sets; or (ii) a rigorous review of statistical literature, possibly involving a small amount of methodological research, that has potential use in complex biomedical data analysis. A formal presentation of the thesis will be required, which will be open to public.
A project write-up (or project write-ups), directed by a Biostatistics faculty member, will be required. The student will perform the project work under Biostatistical Consulting in Research (STAT 8910), for a minimum of 6 credit hours. This course is designed for students to gain practical experience in integration of statistical theory and applications in current research, systematic formulation of problems, data formatting and collection procedures, study design, data analysis, and, interpretation and communication of results. It is possible that students may consult on one or two research projects, depending on the complexity and scope of the project(s). A formal presentation will be required at the conclusion of the project(s).
An advisory committee of faculty will help plan, monitor progress, and mentor the student through all phases of the program of study.