Academic Programs Catalog

College of Human Medicine

Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Graduate Study
Biostatistics - Master of Science

The master’s degree program in biostatistics is designed to provide graduate students with essential quantitative training necessary for public health and medical research. Students completing the program will be well prepared to design experimental studies and analyze data in several areas of clinical and biomedical investigations. Required courses concentrate on the principles of study design and methods for analysis of the continuous, categorical and mixed types of biomedical data from clinical experiments and from observational studies. Elective courses are offered in analytic methods for inference from longitudinal data, genomic and genetic data, and censored data.

Admission

To be considered for admission applicants must:

  1. Have a bachelor’s degree including undergraduate or graduate level quantitative methods with at least two semesters of college-level calculus, a course in matrix or linear algebra, and an introductory course in statistics.
  2. Demonstrate interest or experience in a public health field by submitting a statement of purpose.
  3. Provide an official transcript.
  4. Submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. Test results should not be older than five years.
  5. Submit three letters of recommendation, one of which must be from an academic advisor from a previous program.
  6. Provide Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores, if an international applicant. A minimum score of 80 on the internet-based test, 550 on the paper-based test or 237 on the computer-based test, or passing grade on the MSU English Language Test (MSUELT). Scores must be no older than two years. International students with full native fluency in English are exempt.

Students with less preparation may be provisionally admitted. Credits earned in collateral course work will not count towards the degree requirements.

Requirements for the Master of Science Degree in Biostatistics

The program is available under either Plan A (with thesis) or Plan B (without thesis).  The student's program of study must be approved by the student's academic advisor and guidance committee with the approval of the Dean of the College of Human Medicine.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Human Medicine, the student must complete at least 40 credits distributed as follows:

 1. All of the following courses (10 credits):  
EPI 808B Advanced Biostatistics 3
EPI 826B Categorical Data Analysis 3
EPI 855 Biostatistical Modeling in Genomic Data Analysis 3
EPI 856 Statistical Consulting in Public Health 1
2. One of the following courses (3 credits):
EPI 853B Statistical Computing 3
STT
461
Computations in Probability and Statistics 3
3. Both of the following courses (6 credits):
EPI 810 Introductory Epidemiology 3
LCS 829 Design and Conduct of Epidemiological Studies and Clinical Trials 3
4. The following course (1 credit):
EPI 828 Seminar in Responsible Conduct of Research 1
5. Elective courses selected from the following (Plan A, 16 credits) or (Plan B, 20 credits):
a. At least 13 credits (Plan A) or 17 credits (Plan B) from the following biostatistics, statistics, and econometrics courses:
EC 821A Cross Section and Panel Data Econometrics I 3
EC 821B Cross Section and Panel DataEconometrics II 3
EPI 851 SAS Programming I: Essentials 1
EPI 852 SAS Programming II: Data Management and Analysis 1
EPI 858 Clinical Trials 3
EPI 920 Advanced Methods in Epidemiology and Applied Statistics 3
EPI 951 Latent Variable Modeling 3
EPI 952 Duration and Severity Analysis 3
EPI 953 Analytical Strategies for Observational Studies 3
STT 801 Design of Experiments 3
STT 825 Sample Surveys 3
STT 847 Analysis of Survival Data 3
STT 850 Applied Multivariate Statistical Methods 4
STT 861 Theory of Probability and Statistics I 3
STT 862 Theory of Probability and Statistics II 3
b. At least 3 credits from the following epidemiology courses:
EPI 812 Causal Inference in Epidemiology 3
EPI 813 Investigation of Disease Outbreaks 3
EPI 817 Epidemiology of Communicable Disease 3
Other epidemiology electives are available with approval of the student’s academic advisor.
Additional Requirements for Plan A
1. The following course (4 credits):
EPI 899 Master's Thesis Research 4
Additional Requirements for Plan B
1. Completion of a final oral examination or evaluation.