The PhD in Biostatistics prepares students for advanced study and research in biostatistics. The program targets students with strong skills and training in mathematics and statistics who are interested in applications in health care and biological settings. As of September 1, 2019, we had 15 continuing and seven new Ph.D students.
PhD Biostatisticians typically function as independent investigators or key collaborators and co-investigators with researchers in other areas. In this function they take the lead in designing studies and analyses. Many continue to teach and carry out research developing new statistical methods. Areas of faculty research include analysis of longitudinal data, clinical trials, statistical methods in genetics and genomics, causal modeling, treatment of missing data and imputation, and image analysis, functional data analysis, and data visualization. To see the wide range of projects undertaken by our students, you can review our previous thesis titles.
Coursework (beyond the MS in Biostatistics) includes: advanced biostatistical methods; advanced mathematical statistics; electives in a variety of areas; and electives in a health care or biological area of the student’s choice.
For students with an MS in biostatistics or a related field the program can be completed in three to four years, with most of the first one to two years devoted to coursework and most of the later years to research and dissertation. Research and dissertation work involves developing, comparing and evaluating statistical methods (e.g. methods for analyzing data), typically motivated by an application in health care or biology. PhD students are supported by Research or Teaching Assistant positions.
The past several years, all PhD students desiring funding have been supported on Research or Teaching assistantships that pay a stipend, tuition and health insurance. Through these positions students conduct independent research as well as receiving real-world research and collaborative experience on a very large and active health sciences campus. PhD students are also required to serve at least one semester as a TA.
Biostatistics MS and PhD Program Handbook
PhD Biostatistics Program Plan of Study