Biostatistics Doctoral Program

The primary mission of the doctoral program in Biostatistics is to provide the training necessary to carry out independent research in theory, methodology and application of statistics to important problems in biomedical research, including research biology, public health and clinical medicine.  All students in the doctoral program in Biostatistics are required to demonstrate mastery of advanced biostatistical methods which is assessed via coursework and examinations. 


The PhD Program in Biostatistics will provide training in:

  • Develop new quantitative methods and underlying theory
  • Make innovative applications to substantive and demanding scientific problems
  • Lead and participate in interdisciplinary research involving public health, medicine, biology, and the social sciences 


The major requirements for the PhD are:

  1. completion of a program of courses covering core areas of required expertise (see details below)
  2. demonstration of proficiency in teaching
  3. synthesis of a core body of knowledge, evaluated via written examination
  4. demonstration of readiness to undertake original research, via oral presentation and defense of a written dissertation proposal (oral exam)
  5. completion and oral defense of a dissertation that makes an original contribution in the chosen field of study.

For detailed Program Requirements please click here.