Master of Science in Biostatistics
The Master of Science in Biostatistics program provides students with the fundamental skills required for conducting high-quality clinical and translational research. The curriculum emphasizes strong quantitative training, critical thinking skills, and practical strategies for addressing complex challenges of clinical research.
The Theory and Methods Track is aimed at students whose goal is to work as biostatisticians or data analysts in a clinical, research, or industry setting. It can also be used as a stepping stone to pursuing a PhD in Biostatistics or Epidemiology. Applicants do not need to have a background related to a health or clinical field, but strong quantitative experience is preferable. The Clinical Applications Track is designed for clinical and translational investigators who want to acquire knowledge of quantitative methods in clinical research. A strong quantitative background and a degree in Medical Sciences (MD, DDS, DMD, ND or DO) is required to apply to this program. The program consists of at least 34 credits and must be completed in one full-time year. There are two parts: a course requirement and a capstone requirement.
For the Theory and Methods Track, at least one college-level linear algebra course and two semesters of college-level calculus are required. For the Clinical Applications Track, at least one semester of college-level calculus and one college-level linear algebra course are required, and applicants must be clinical researchers. If an applicant hasn’t yet taken a college-level linear algebra course as an undergraduate, upon acceptance to the program, they will have to successfully complete this course prior to enrollment.
The capstone-related lectures and projects will:
• Engage students in important discourse surrounding data management and research ethics
• Challenge students to turn conceptual research questions into testable hypotheses and to determine the appropriate analytic testing methods
• Provide students with the opportunity to shadow Biostatistics faculty mentors in the Center for Biostatistics consultation service
Additionally, students will learn how to create appropriate study design-related and methodological solutions to cutting edge, real-world research questions. Students will conduct advanced preliminary analyses under the guidance and supervision of their mentors. At the end of the Spring II term students will communicate their findings to an institution-wide audience at an MS in Biostatistics Capstone Symposium.