Biostatistics Graduate Program Overview


Biostatistics is the exciting and rapidly-growing field of the   development and application of statistical methods to research in health-related fields, including medicine, public health, and biology. Biostatisticians play essential roles in designing the studies, analyzing data, disseminating findings, and creating new methods for addressing problems.

As science progresses and new ways to measure and collect information become possible, new statistical techniques must be developed. With the breathtaking pace of science today, the skills of biostatisticians are especially in demand because of new advances in fields such as genetics and neuroimaging, and in the ability to collect, store, and manage vast amounts of data.

Our recently formed, innovative MS & PhD programs were created to help meet the ever-increasing demand for biostatisticians needed to take leadership roles in careers as researchers and educators in academia, government and industry. The course work, seminars and collaborative research experience have been designed so that our graduates acquire the knowledge and expertise that allows them to work at the frontier of their field.

Our faculty members are active researchers collaborating and consulting in research projects and initiatives throughout the Medical Center, in addition to pursuit of their own research agendas and participation in curricular instruction. Expertise in the department includes linear, nonlinear, and longitudinal modeling, clinical trial and experimental design, survival analysis, categorical data analysis, robust statistics, psychometric methods and Bayesian methodology.

Degrees Offered

The Department of Biostatistics offers the following graduate programs to those applicants interested in professional or academic careers in Biostatistics.

  • MS in Biostatistics - For individuals who wish to develop a career as a professional biostatistician or biostatistical consultant
  • PhD in Biostatistics - For individuals who wish to prepare themselves to become biostatistical researchers in academia, research institutes, government or industry


For questions regarding the Biostatistics Graduate Program, contact:

Jo Wick, Ph.D.
Assistant Director of Graduate Education, Department of Biostatistics
(913) 588-4790

Last modified: Apr 10, 2015