KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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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Santu Ghosh, PhD
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sghosh@augusta.edu

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ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The Doctor of Philosophy (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.

PhD in Biostatistics program has the following three tracks:

(1) This track follows a standard PhD curriculum; eligible for an MS on the way to the PhD; requirements are completed for an MS degree when the student officially enters candidacy. Both the MS and PhD will be awarded together upon completion of PhD degree requirements. Must complete 2 full semesters after entering candidacy before they can defend their dissertation.

(2) This track follows the standard PhD curriculum; not eligible for an MS on the way to the PhD as they already have an MS Biostatistics degree elsewhere; can transfer up to 9 credit hours from an MS degree if approved per standard transfer credit hour policy consideration.

(3) This track follows an abbreviated PhD curriculum (since already completed AU PhD courses as part of AU MS degree program); MS thesis cannot be used as PhD proposal. The students who are on this track must complete 2 full semesters after entering candidacy before they can defend their dissertation.

APPLICATION COURSE PREREQUISITES

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.

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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.

Santu Gosh, PhD  Program Director

"We produce next-generation biostatistics graduates with solid foundations in both theory and application to analyze and interpret complex data from biomedical research and other fields. Biostatistics is one of the fastest-growing filed in this decade. Demands for biostatisticians are expected to grow in the coming years in different areas ranging from biomedicine, environmental science, Social science. We look forward to welcoming you to our growing PhD program in Biostatistics!"  Santu Ghosh, PhD

Student Profile

Arnoneel Sinha

"I was fascinated by the concept of Statistics from the time I was first introduced to it in the 8th grade. Since then, I completed both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Statistics. Biostatistics is one of the most sought after research areas in the world now and its application is immense. The Biostatistics PhD program here at Augusta University is curated to cover every detail aspect of both theoretical and applicable knowledge.” 

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