Degree Requirements

The University requires a minimum 8 tuition units for completion of a masters degree. Depending on preparation prior to matriculation, a student may need to take more than 8 courses to fulfill the degree requirements for a specific program. All students in the Masters of Science (ScM) programs are required to demonstrate competency in carrying out an independent research project, culminating in a written thesis. There is no written examination requirement for the ScM or AM degrees.

Entering students are assumed to have the necessary background including three semesters of calculus, one semester of linear algebra and at least one semester of probability prior to attending Brown. Students who have not taken the probability course will be strongly urged to take this in the summer before matriculation.  If this is not possible, students will be required to take Math 1610 during their first semester of study at Brown.  This may delay completion of the degree and will certainly affect the order in which courses may be taken.  Math 1610 can be taken Pass/Fail and does not count towards elective courses.

Biostatistics Core Courses for ScM and AM

Principles of Biostatistics and Data Analysis (PHP2510)*
Applied Regression Analysis (PHP2511)*
Statistical Inference I (PHP2520)  (P/F Acceptable)
Introduction to Epidemiology (PHP2120) OR Foundations of Epi Research (PHP2150)  (P/F Acceptable for both)
Analysis of Lifetime Data (PHP2602)

Biostatistics Elective Courses for ScM and AM (At least 3 from the following)

Clinical Trials (PHP2030)
Linear and Generalized Linear Models (PHP2601)
Advanced Multivariate Analysis (PHP2540)
Longitudinal Data Analysis (PHP2603)
Statistical Methods for Bioinformatics (PHP2620)
Bayesian Inference (PHP2530)
Statistical Inference II (PHP2580)
Statistical Methods for Spatial Data (PHP2604)
Advanced Topics in Biostatistics (PHP2690)
Causal Inference and Missing Data (PHP2610)
Practical Data Analysis (PHP2550)


Special Topics courses in Biostatistics and Advanced courses in other Departments, with approval from Graduate Director

Note: *Students may pass out of PHP2510 or of PHP2511 provided they 1) have taken a comparable course elsewhere; 2) take and successfully pass a placement exam covering the course material; and, 3) receive permission of the Graduate Director Students passing out of a course must replace that course with an approved elective.