Doctor of Philosophy in Biostatistics

The Department of Biostatistics & Epidemiology offers a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Biostatistics with the primary objective to provide individuals with rigorous training in applied and theoretical statistics in order to prepare them for careers as doctoral-level biostatisticians and academic faculty members.

Graduates completing the Ph.D. in biostatistics will have developed the ability 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; take primary responsibility for the analysis, interpretation and dissemination of data in a research study, using state-of-the-art statistical methods and software; and carry out original methodological research in statistics and apply the resulting methodology to health-related research problems.

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What can I do with a Doctor of Philosophy in Biostatistics Degree?


Graduates of the Ph.D. program will be qualified for employment in academic research institutions in medicine, nursing, dentistry, allied health, public health, and the laboratory sciences; academic institutions providing training in statistics or biostatistics; in the pharmaceutical and other biotech industries; and in local, state, and national government agencies.


Biostatistics is the application of statistics to biology and the health sciences. The current demand for doctoral-level biostatisticians far exceeds the supply, and the gap is expected to continue to widen. This undersupply results from a combination of burgeoning need and a relatively flat rate ofdoctoral graduation rate in the U.S.

The Ph.D. program is designed to be completed in 4-5 years. The curriculum for the program includes (1) formal coursework, (2) preliminary and comprehensive exams, and (3) original research conducted under the supervision of a faculty mentor that leads to a successfully defended dissertation, as specified by the policies of the Department of Biostatistics and the School of Graduate Studies.

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