The Master of Science (MS) in Biostatistics is an applied one year program intended for quantitative students seeking training in applied biostatistics.  The program emphasizes applications and understanding of statistical concepts rather than theoretical and mathematical principles.  The program is meant to be a terminal degree providing students with the necessary background for applying good biostatistical practices in real world settings.  Students will gain practical skills that can be applied immediately to a variety of data settings, which includes, but it not limited to, the biological life sciences public health, medical studies, and health services research.  

The degree consists of 33 credits covering introductory probability, biostatistics, introductory epidemiology and public health, computing, clinical trials, introductory survival analysis , and introductory mathematical statistics.  Enrichment will be provided by a statistical practicum and a seminar course. 

Pre-requisites include:  

  1. Introductory calculus 
  2. Introductory linear algebra
  3. Introductory computing

Curriculum Requirements

BST 605Statistical Principles of Clinical Trials3
BST 610Introduction to Statistical Collaboration4
BST 625Survey of Statistical Computing3
BST 650Topics in Biostatistical Research 12
BST 692Case Studies in Biostatistics2
EPH 600Introduction to Public Health3
EPH 621Fundamentals of Epidemiology3
EPH 703Statistical Methods in Epidemiology4
EPH 705Statistical Methods in Epidemiology II3
EPH 751Survival Analysis in Clinical Trials3
MTH 624Introduction to Probability Theory3
Total Credit Hours33

 BST 650 is taken for 1 credit in fall and 1 credit in spring.

Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredit Hours
BST 625 Survey of Statistical Computing 3
BST 650 Topics in Biostatistical Research 1
EPH 600 Introduction to Public Health 3
EPH 703 Statistical Methods in Epidemiology 4
MTH 624 Introduction to Probability Theory 3
 Credit Hours14
BST 605 Statistical Principles of Clinical Trials 3
BST 650 Topics in Biostatistical Research 1
EPH 621 Fundamentals of Epidemiology 3
EPH 705 Statistical Methods in Epidemiology II 3
EPH 751 Survival Analysis in Clinical Trials 3
 Credit Hours13
BST 610 Introduction to Statistical Collaboration 4
BST 692 Case Studies in Biostatistics 2
 Credit Hours6
 Total Credit Hours33