The Master of Science in Biostatistics educates students in the basic methods of mathematical and applied statistics for health data analysis. Through courses in epidemiology and related subjects, students become familiar with the general areas of public health to which statistical methodologies may be applied. Coursework includes mathematical statistics and probability theory, applied and theoretical multivariate methods, stochastic processes, basic epidemiology, and demography, enabling the student to assist in the application of statistical theory to applied statistical problems. Graduates from the MS in Biostatistics program typically pursue careers in academic research or as statisticians on projects.
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The MS degree in Biostatistics requires a total of 42 credits that includes:
Biostatistics - Required Courses (18 credits)
Biostatistics - Required Course Options (minimum 15 credits)
Students are required to choose 15 credits worth of Biostatistics courses at the 6000 level or beyond, excluding BIOS 6030. Students should choose these courses in consultation with their advisor.
Mathematics - Required Courses (6 credits)
Epidemiology - Required Course (3 credits)
Students must successfully complete a thesis. The thesis is a supervised work of scholarship in the area of statistical methodology. The results will be presented orally and in writing. The project will be supervised by a thesis director who is a faculty member of the Global Biostatistics and Data Science Department, and approved by at least one other member of the Biostatistics faculty. The master’s thesis must be completed within a year of completion of the required courses.
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