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Required Coursework

Every student in the program is required to complete the following eight courses:

  • STAT 51200 Applied Regression Analysis
  • STAT 51900 Introduction to Probability *
  • STAT 52500 Generalized Linear Model *
  • STAT 52800 Mathematical Statistics I *
  • STAT 53600 Introduction to Survival Analysis *
  • PBHL-B 574 Applied Longitudinal Data Analysis *
  • PBHL-B 582 Introduction to Clinical Trials
  • PBHL-B 584 Biostatistics Practicum

 Any four of the following:

  • STAT 61900 Probability Theory
  • STAT 62800 Advanced Statistical Inference
  • PBHL-B 616 Advanced Statistical Computing
  • PBHL-B 626 Advanced Likelihood Theory
  • PBHL-B 636 Advanced Survival Analysis
  • PBHL-B 646 Advanced Generalized Linear Models
  • PBHL-B 656 Advanced Longitudinal Data Analysis

(* indicates the Program's Core Courses)

Every student in the program is also required to complete a fundamental epidemiology course and introductory courses in public health for a total of 6 credits:

  • PBHL-E 517 Fundamentals of Epidemiology
  • PBHL-H 670 Population and Public Health

In addition, every student must take an additional six credit hours of statistics/biostatistics courses. At least three credit hours of these electives must be taken from 600-level courses or above. The remaining 42 credit hours will be taken as additional coursework in a minor area (12 credits), further elective courses, independent studies, and directed dissertation research (at minimum 24 credits).

This totals to 90 credit hours for the biostatistics program. The minor may be completed in any

area related to the health and life sciences disciplines, such as pharmacology and toxicology, epidemiology, genetics, biology, physiology, bioinformatics, health policy, translational science and health economics, among many others.

 

Transfer Coursework 

Candidates for the Ph.D. degree may petition for up to 30 hours of graduate credit from other institutions. Students should submit the Petition for Approval of Transfer Course form to initiate the process and receive approval to apply a course completed at a different institution towards their degree. Students must provide, at minimum, the syllabus for the course under evaluation. Other documentation may be requested, as needed.

 

Expired Coursework

Normally, a course may not apply towards degree requirements if it was completed more than seven years prior to the passing of the preliminary examination. Students submit the Petition for Course Revalidation form in order to initiate an appeal process and receive approval to apply an expired course towards their degree. Students must provide, at minimum, the syllabus for the course under evaluation. Other documentation may be requested, as needed.

Elective Coursework

Students submit the Petition for Approval of Elective Course form in order to initiate an appeal process and receive approval to apply a course completed in a different department towards their degree. Students must provide, at minimum, the syllabus for the course under evaluation. Other documentation may be requested, as needed.