Degree Requirements

The Ph.D. degree with a concentration in Biostatistics requires a minimum of 18 course units (not including BIS 525a/b, Seminar, EPH 600a, Research Ethics and BIS 695c, Summer Rotation). This Ph.D. program requires the student to complete the following courses. All “a” courses are offered in the fall term, “b” courses are offered in the spring term.

Requirements
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DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Course Units  

 

BIS 525a and b, Seminar in Biostatistics and Journal Club        

0

 

BIS 557a, Computational Statistics   

1

 

BIS 567a, Bayesian Statistics

1

 

BIS 623a, Applied Regression Analysis

1

 

BIS 625b, Categorical Data Analysis

1

 

BIS 628b, Longitudinal and Multilevel Data Analysis    

1

 

BIS 643b, Theory of Survival Analysis and Its Applications

1

 

BIS 646b, Nonparametric Statistical Methods and their Applications      

1

 

BIS 678a, Statistical Practice I  

1

 

BIS 681b, Statistical Practice II

1

 

BIS 691b, Theory of Generalized Linear Models           

1

 

EPH 508a, Foundations of Epidemiology and Public Health*

1

 

BIS 695c, Summer Rotation in Statistical Research

0

 

S&DS 610a, Statistical Inference

1

 

S&DS 612a, Linear Models

1

 

EPH 600a, Research Ethics and Responsibilities

0

 

BIS 610b, Applied Area Readings for Qualifying Exams

1

 

EPH 608b, Frontiers in Public Health *

1

 

Students must choose a minimum of three additional electives that will best prepare them for dissertation work 

 

 

 

1

 

 

1

 

 

1

Students supported by training grants may be subject to additional requirements and should discuss this with the Principal Investigator of that grant to determine whether there are grant-specific requirements.

*Students entering the doctoral program with an MPH degree are exempt from EPH 608, Frontiers in Public Health.  Students with prior graduate level epidemiology courses may be exempt from EPH 508, Foundations of Epidemiology and Public Health. 

Milestones/Other Requirements:

  • TF a minimum of two semesters, generally during Year 2 and Year 3 (up to two additional TF terms may be required)
  • Completion of Qualifying Exam by the end of Year 2
  • Approved and submitted prospectus by the end of Year 3 (admission to candidacy milestone)
  • Bi-annual dissertation advisory committee meetings once admitted to candidacy
  • Dissertation defense (prior to submission to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences)
  • Public presentation of dissertation (after submission to Graduate School of Arts and Sciences)
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Research Experience

In a number of courses, especially the Statistical Consulting (BIS 578a) course students gain actual experience with various aspects of research including preparation of a research grant, questionnaire design, preparation of a database for analysis, and analysis and interpretation of real data. In addition, doctoral students can gain research experience by working with faculty members on ongoing research studies prior to initiating dissertation research, which includes but is not limited to BIS 695c. During the summer following each year of course work, candidates are required to take a research rotation that is approved by the department and communicated to the DGS.

The Dissertation

The Department strives for doctoral dissertations that have a strong methodological component motivated by an important health question. Hence, the dissertation should include a methodological advance or a substantial modification of an existing method motivated by a set of data collected to address an important health question. The dissertation must also include the application of the proposed methodology to real data. A fairly routine application of widely available statistical methodology is not acceptable as a dissertation topic. Candidates are expected not only to show a thorough knowledge of the posed health question, but also to demonstrate quantitative skills necessary for the creation and application of novel statistical tools.