The Master of Science in Biostatistics is offered by the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.The educational objective is to prepare individuals to work effectively as applied biostatisticians in a variety of public health, epidemiological and clinical research settings. The difference between the MS in Biostatistics and the MPH concentration in Biostatistics is that the MS provides training in probability and statistical theory with a research focus, while the MPH provides a broader background in public health. A competitive applicant will have a strong quantitative background; at least three semesters of college-level calculus through multivariable/vector calculus is required; in addition, one semester of linear algebra is strongly recommended.
The overall course of study for the MS degree will be developed by the student and their Faculty Advisor and approved by the student's Graduate Committee and Chair of the Biostatistics Section. On average, the MS program requires approximately two years for completion. The first year is usually devoted to core coursework and completion of the qualifying exam. The second year is focused on remaining coursework and development of the master's thesis research.
Please refer to the Biostatistics Student Handbook and the UA catalog for further details on the current course schedule and specific course requirements.
Master of Science in Biostatistics Curriculum
Required Major Courses (24 units)
- CPH 573A Basic Principles of Epidemiology (3)
- CPH 576A Biostatistics in Public Health (3)
- CPH 576B Biostatistics for Research (3)
- CPH 576C Applied Biostatistics Analysis (3)
- CPH 647 Analysis of Categorical Data (3)
- CPH 688 Statistical Consulting (3)
- MATH 564 Theory of Probability (3)
- MATH 566 Theory of Statistics (3)
Elective Courses (minimum 9 units required)*
- CPH 573B Epidemiologic Methods (3)
- CPH 576D Data Management and the SAS Programming Language (3)
- CPH 648 Analysis of High Dimensional Data (3)
- CPH 675 Clinical Trials and Intervention Studies (3)
- CPH 677 Genetic Association Studies (3)
- CPH 685 Special Topics in Biostatistics (3)
- CPH 686 Survival Analysis (3)
- CPH 687 Theory of Linear Models (3)
- STAT 571A Advanced Statistical Regression Analysis (3)
- STAT 571B Design of Experiments (3)
- STAT 675 Statistical Computing (3)
*Electives may also be chosen from courses taught in other programs with approval of the Biostatistics Faculty Advisor.
Thesis (minimum 6 units)
- Required Master's Thesis, CPH 910 (1-6 units)