Master of Science in the Field of Biostatistics

Program Director and Academic Advisor  A. F. Elmi

The master of science (MS) degree program in biostatistics is jointly administered by the Department of Statistics in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences (CCAS) and the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the Milken Institute School of Public Health (SPH) and its associated research facility, The Biostatistics Center. This degree program is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education through the CCAS and by the Council on Education for Public Health through the SPH Regulations, and requirements for this graduate degree have been designed to be compatible with policies and scholarship requirements of both CCAS and SPH. The degree is conferred by Columbian College.

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At the completion of the MS program in Biostatistics students will be able to:

  • Understand and the theory and principles behind statistical methods most commonly used in biomedical research (contingency tables, survival analysis, mixed models, and missing data). 
  • Understand and apply the underlying principles and methods to design, plan, and conduct biomedical studies.
  • Provide biostatistical advice as a member of a team engaged in a biomedical research project.  Includes manipulation and analysis of data.

Admission Considerations

The courses listed below (or course equivalents) are prerequisites for admission consideration and must appear on the student's transcript. Students may apply to the program only after they have fulfilled this requirement: 

MATH 1231Single-Variable Calculus I
MATH 1232Single-Variable Calculus II
STAT 2118Regression Analysis

Applicants lacking the courses listed below (or course equivalents) will be considered for admission; however, if admitted, the student is required to complete these courses within two semesters of matriculation in the program. Credit earned in these courses does not count toward the 33 credits required for the degree and grades earned are not reflected in the overall grade point average.

MATH 2184Linear Algebra I
MATH 2233Multivariable Calculus
One of the following:
STAT 1129Introduction to Computing
STAT 2183Intermediate Stat Lab/Packages
PUBH 6249StatPackages/DataMgt&DataAnlys

Degree Requirements

Required
PUBH 6001Biological Concepts in Public Health
PUBH 6003Principles and Practices of Epidemiology
PUBH 6265Design of Medical Studies
PUBH 6266Biostatistical Methods (Basis for Master’s Comprehensive Examination)
PUBH 6299Topics in Epi/Bio
STAT 6201Mathematical Statistics I
STAT 6202Mathematical Statistics II
STAT 6210Data Analysis
STAT 6227Survival Analysis
Electives
6 credits from the following:
PUBH 6004Environmental and Occupational Health in a Sustainable World
PUBH 6006Management and Policy Approaches to Public Health
PUBH 6121Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology
PUBH 6242ClinicalEpid&Decision Analysis
PUBH 6244Cancer Epidemiology
PUBH 6245InfectiousDisease Epidemiology
PUBH 6246InjuryEpidemiology&Prevention
PUBH 6248EpidMethods/OlderPopulations
PUBH 6250Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS
STAT 3187Introduction to Sampling
STAT 4181Applied Time Series Analysis
STAT 4188Nonparametric Stat Inference
STAT 6215Applied Multivariate Analysis I
STAT 6216Applied Multivariate Analysis II
STAT 6217Design of Experiments
STAT 6223Bayesian Statistics: Theory and Applications
STAT 6231Contingency Table Analysis
STAT 6242Regression Graphics/Nonparametric Regression
STAT 6287Modern Theory of Sample Surveys
STAT 8226Advanced Biostatistical Methods
STAT 8265Multivariate Analysis
STAT 8273Stochastic Processes I
STAT 8281Advanced Time Series Analysis
STAT 8288Modern Theory/Sample Surveys
Consulting
PUBH 6258Adv Topics/Biostat Consulting
PUBH 6283Biostatistics Consulting Practicum

 The Master’s Comprehensive Examination

The master's comprehensive examination is a written exam in the field of biostatistics and is based on the content covered in PUBH 6266 Biostatistical Methods. It is administered by the faculty of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the Milken Institute School of Public Health.