Key Highlights of the Program

  • Didactic coursework: 40 hours of core coursework and 21 hours of elective coursework with at least 9 credit hours at the 9000-level
  • A strong didactic program combined with advanced methodological research in Biostatistics mentored by expert faculty.
  • Produce cohorts of biostatisticians capable of advancing the discovery, dissemination and application of new knowledge in multiple disciplines.
  • Graduates of this program will be able to hold faculty/staff positions in academic institutions or work as biostatisticians in government agencies, insurance companies, and pharmaceutical companies.

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Jie Chen, PhD
Program Director

Komal Patel
Program Coordinator
 (706) 721-0804


About the Program

The Doctoral Degree (PhD) with a Major in Biostatistics prepares individuals to understand the mathematical and theoretical basis of statistical methodology; collaborate on the design of research studies in the health sciences; provide advice on the proper collection, entry, storage, retrieval, and manipulation of data; and take primary responsibility for the analysis, interpretation and dissemination of data in a research study using state-of-the-art statistical methods and software.

PhD students are also prepared to carry out original methodological research in statistics and apply the resulting methodology to health-related research problems.


Mathematics prerequisites at a minimum include three semesters of undergraduate level calculus (including multivariable calculus) and a semester of undergraduate level linear or matrix algebra.

Meet The Program Director

Jie Chen, PhD  Program Director

"We train our doctoral students in methodological research for modeling the next generation of complex data from biomedical research and other disciplines. It is the best time to be a biostatistician! We look forward to welcoming you to our growing PhD program in Biostatistics!"
 Jie Chen, PhD

Student Profile|Henry Claussen

Henry Claussen

"My mentors have helped me become a better student.  They have been helpful in all areas of study within the program, and have guided me through everything from mathematical theory to computer coding.” 

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