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Biostatistics Degree Option MS/PhD Programs

The Biostatistics Degree Option (BDO) is a specialization within the Statistics MS/PhD programs that is implemented jointly by the Departments of Statistics and of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics. Students pursue course work in the theory, methodology, and application of statistics.

Required courses for the PhD include one semester of probability, two semesters of mathematical statistics, two semesters of statistical methodology and one semester of statistical consulting. BDO students focus on developments of statistics in biomedical sciences by taking additional biostatistics courses and an approved biological sciences course, and they fulfill a total credit requirement by taking elective credits from a menu of relevant courses. PhD students pursue a faculty-mentored interdisciplinary collaborative research project and thereby become directly engaged in an active biomedical problem. Finally, PhD students pursue and defend original scholarly research in biostatistics.

MS students complete similar required courses and prove competency through an applied examination.

How to Apply
All application information can be found on the Department of Statistics website.

Funding Opportunities
In addition to the financial support offered by the Department of Statistics, PhD students interested in Biostatistics who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents may be eligible for NIH traineeships.

Students may also apply for fellowships and individual predoctoral traineeships from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce in the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in fields within NSF's mission. The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in science and engineering research. Students interested in this fellowship program should apply the year prior to their admission to a graduate program. In other words, applications for GRFP would be submitted around the same time as graduate school applications.

The purpose of the NRSA Predoctoral Fellowship (F31) award is to provide support for promising doctoral candidates who will be performing dissertation research and training in scientific health-related fields relevant to the missions of the participating NIH Institutes during the tenure of the award. The Kirschstein-NRSA for Individual Predoctoral Fellows will provide support for research training which leads to the PhD or equivalent research degree, the combined MD/PhD degree, or another formally combined professional degree and research doctoral degree in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical sciences. These awards are best for third or fourth year students who are ready to begin their dissertations.

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