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Catalog/Bulletin 2018-2019 
Catalog/Bulletin 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biostatistics, PhD

Zhide Fang, PhD
Professor and Program Director

The PhD in Biostatistics is an advanced, research-oriented degree program requiring in-depth study and research in a particular area of emphasis within biostatistics. The core curriculum includes a solid foundation of coursework in advanced statistical methods and statistical theory. Additional coursework may include multivariate methods, nonparametric statistics, mixed models, statistical computing, design and analysis of experiments, clinical trials methodology, design and anlysis of expression studies, and other advanced statistical methods. PhD students will also receive training in research ethics and hands-on experience in statistical consulting, and gain teaching experience through a formal teaching practicum. Students will have the opportunity to take elective courses in epidemiology and other core disciplines in public health.

Entry Requirements

Requirements include differential, integral calculus and multivariate calculus and linear algebra. In some cases, a student deficient in entry requirements may be admitted, provided a plan for remediation is developed and approved by the faculty. Generally, only students who have successfully completed a master’s degree in statistics, biostatistics or a closely related field will be considered for acceptance. A limited number of stipends are available to qualified students on a competitive basis.

Applicants should have strong quantitative aptitude and skills and are reviewed on the basis of the following criteria.

  • Strength of their previous coursework based on grades and coursework with particular emphasis given to courses in statistics, mathematics and computer science.
  • Scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) with emphasis placed on the Quantitative component.
  • Three letters of reference from individuals who can provide an assessment of your quantitative skills and potential for success in the PhD program.
  • Goal letter written by applicant that describes short and long-term goals related to the PhD program and the Biostatistics profession.