Graduate Degree - Biostatistics - Doctor of Philosophy

Biostatistics - Doctor of Philosophy
Program Code:
2860 Biostatistics
Program Level:
Award Type:
Doctor of Philosophy
Start Term:
College of Human Medicine
Relevant Excerpt(s) from Academic Programs:
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
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Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
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College of Human Medicine

Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Graduate Study
Biostatistics - Doctor of Philosophy

The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Biostatistics provides students with the quantitative skills needed for the development, evaluation and application of novel methods for the analysis of modern biomedical data.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university, and of the College of Human Medicine, students must meet the requirements specified below.


For admission to the doctoral degree in biostatistics on regular status, the student must:
  1. have a master’s degree in biostatistics, statistics, or related field;
  2. submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE)scores, or MCAT scores;
  3. provide TOEFL scores if their native language is other than English;
  4. provide three letters of recommendation;
  5. provide a statement of purpose;
  6. provide official transcripts.
Applicants with strong academic records who are in the process of completing a master of science may be admitted on a provisional basis. The first 30 credits applied towards the completion of a master of science may not be counted toward the Ph.D. in Biostatistics.

Applicants who are admitted without a master’s degree will be required to complete collateral course work to make up deficiencies. Collateral course work will not count towards the fulfillment of degree requirements. It is strongly recommended that applicants have taken course work in multivariate calculus, advanced undergraduate linear algebra and probability, and numerical computing.

Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Biostatistics

The doctoral degree program in biostatistics is selected in consultation with a faculty advisor and guidance committee. The doctoral degree program will offer three emphasis areas: design and analysis of medical studies; big data and statistical genetics; and biometry, a flexible option for students with diverse interests.

Student’s must:
  1. Complete 27 credits in the required courses for the chosen emphasis area, and electives.
  2. Pass the comprehensive examination which contains two modules: the first (3/4 of the exam) will be based on the content covered in the required courses common to all emphasis areas; and the second (1/4 of the exam) will be based on the required courses in the chosen emphasis area. A student who fails the comprehensive examination may retake the examination within six months after the first take, usually in January of the following year.
  3. Complete 24 credits of EPI 999 Doctoral Dissertation Research.
  4. Successful completion of a dissertation and final oral examination in defense of the dissertation.