Biostatistics Degree Programs

Master of Public Health in Biostatistics

Master of Public Health in Biostatistics

Program Description

The MPH degree in Biostatistics is intended primarily for those who wish to acquire an MPH degree with an emphasis on statistical methodology. This can include individuals from decision-making positions in health care settings as well as those interested in data management, statistical analyses and interpretation, and presentation of analytical results. This degree can be completed in approximately 2 years. Note that the MPH does not require some of the theoretical courses required for the MS, and as such, it is not a direct route to prepare a student for a PhD. Students anticipating that they will wish to continue for a PhD in biostatistics are advised to pursue the MS rather than the MPH.

Admission

Applicants must meet the requirements for admission to the UAB School of Public Health and must demonstrate their aptitude for biological sciences and mathematics by virtue of their college transcripts and GRE scores.  In addition, the applicant’s undergraduate curriculum must include a 2-semester sequence of calculus or equivalent, linear algebra, and proficiency in computing.  International students should also submit a World Education Services (WES/ECE, or similar) transcript evaluation along with your application materials. The Department of Biostatistics admits students for the fall term each year. Interested applicants should apply online at: www.sophas.org.  

Curriculum

Students in the MPH in Biostatistics must complete a minimum 43 credit hours. This includes a minimum 23 credit hours MPH Core, a minimum 9 credit hours of SOPH and departmental track requirements, a minimum 9 credit hours of departmental electives and 3 credit hours of internship.

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Master of Science in Biostatistics

Master of Science in Biostatistics

Program Description

The Department of Biostatistics offers an MS degree in biostatistics. This program provides a balance between theory and application, the perspective being the role of statistics and modeling in scientific research.  The objective is to produce research-oriented scientists who anticipate a career performing data management and statistical analysis.  Further, the MS program is the appropriate program to prepare students to enter the PhD program.  

Admission

For admission to the program applicants should have a strong academic record and meet the minimum requirements for admission to the School of Public Health.  In addition, the applicant’s prior collegiate curriculum must include a 3-semester sequence of calculus or equivalent and linear algebra.  Proficiency in computing is preferred, as are additional advanced mathematics courses, e.g., differential equations, advanced calculus including special functions, and complex analysis.  Some background in the natural sciences would be helpful.  The Department of Biostatistics admits MS students in the fall term each year.  Interested students should apply online through the UAB Graduate School.

Curriculum

The MS Program consists of a minimum of 46 credit hours.  Of these, 27 hours are required core courses.  Students then select a minimum 6 credit hours of regular Biostatistics Elective courses of 624 or higherlevel; a minimum 7 graduate credit hours of outside electives must be taken from a nonquantitative field (i.e. Biology, Public Health or Medicine) with advisor’s approval and in some cases, also approval of instructor; and at least 6 credit hours of other related courses including non-thesis research.

Upon completion of the first year-and-a-half of course work, the candidate is given a written examination consisting of two parts - Applied Statistics and Theory of Statistics. The exam will test the students on their understanding and comprehension of the foundation of the theory and applications of statistics, and will generally cover materials from BST 621, 622, 623, 626, 631, 632 and 655. The student must pass the qualifying exam at the master’s level.

Immediately after passing the MS Comprehensive examination, the student must form a research project committee consisting of at least 3 members, chaired by the research advisor.  Upon successful completion of the project, the student must submit a final write-up of the research and present their work orally in a departmental seminar.    For further information regarding the masters project, please refer to the student handbook.

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Master of Science in Public Health in Clinical and Translational Science

Master of Science in Public Health in Clinical and Translational Science

Program Description

Master of Science in Public Health in Clinical and Translational Science (MSPH) is an applied statistics degree with a focus on Public Health. This program is open to all qualified applicants with relevant undergraduate, masters, medical, or health science professional degree.  For fellows and faculty members interested in developing skills required for clinical research, this program is an ideal post-medical or other health science degree training program.  It is anticipated that this academic training will supplement extensive training in the content area in which the student is trained, and senior mentoring in the politics and policies of development and management.  A graduate of this program will have the academic training to develop and lead independent research programs and projects.

Admissions

Applicants to the MSPH program should have a strong academic record and meet the minimum requirements to the School of Public Health.  In addition, the applicant’s undergraduate curriculum must include a 2-semester sequence of calculus or equivalent, linear algebra, and proficiency in computing. The Department of Biostatistics admits MSPH students in the fall term each year.  Interested students should apply online through the UAB Graduate School.

Curriculum

The MSPH in Clinical and Translational Science consists of a minimum of 41 credit hours. Of these, 20 hours are required, including 15 hours of specific biostatistics courses and 5 hours of specific epidemiology courses. Students then select at least 9 hours from a list of approved Masters Research Electives, complete 3 hours of focus specific electives in biostatistics, and take at least 9 hours of directed (698 level) masters research to fulfill the MSPH requirement for conducting a research project.

Upon completion of the first year-and-a-half of course work, the candidate is given a written examination consisting of one part - Applied Statistics. The exam will test the students on their understanding and comprehension of the foundation of the theory and applications of statistics, and will generally cover materials from BST 621, 622, 623, 626 and 655.

After passing the comprehensive examination, the student, with the advice of his/her chosen MSPH project co-directors forms a small committee (minimum 3 members) to guide the MSPH research project. The committee co-chairs should consist of a faculty member from Biostatistics and an MD with experience in the area of clinical research. Upon successful completion of the project, the student must submit a final write-up of the research.

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Doctor of Philosophy in Biostatistics

Doctor of Philosophy in Biostatistics

Program Description

The Department of Biostatistics offers a PhD degree in biostatistics.  This program provides a balance between theory and application, the perspective being the role of statistics and modeling in scientific research.  The objective is to produce research-oriented scientists who can advance statistical and modeling theory and can interact effectively with scientists in other disciplines to advance knowledge in those fields. 

Admission

For admission to the program applicants should have a strong academic record and meet the minimum requirements for admission to the School of Public Health.  In addition, the applicant’s prior collegiate curriculum must include a 3-semester sequence of calculus or equivalent and linear algebra.  Proficiency in computing is preferred, as are additional advanced mathematics courses, e.g., differential equations, advanced calculus including special functions, and complex analysis.  Some background in the natural sciences would be helpful.  In most cases, a prior MS in biostatistics, statistics, or related field are required for admission to the PhD program.  Students with a bachelor’s degree are encouraged to pursue a MS degree in Biostatistics before applying to the PhD program.  The Department of Biostatistics admits PHD students in the fall term each year.  Interested students should apply online through the UAB Graduate School.

Curriculum

To earn the PhD degree in Biostatistics students must complete a minimum of 88 total credit hours of academic course work.  Of these, 45 hours are required core courses and 3 hours are required Graduate School courses.  Students then select a minimum 9 credit hours of regular Biostatistics Elective courses of 624 or higherlevel; a minimum 7 graduate credit hours of outside electives must be taken from a nonquantitative field (i.e. Biology, Public Health or Medicine) with advisor’s approval and in some cases, also approval of instructor; and at least 24 credit hours of other related courses including dissertation research.

Upon completion of the first year-and-a-half of course work, the candidate is given a written examination consisting of two parts - Applied Statistics and Theory of Statistics. The exam will test the students on their understanding and comprehension of the foundation of the theory and applications of statistics, and will generally cover materials from BST 621, 622, 623, 626, 631, 632 and 655. The student must pass the qualifying exam at the PhD level.

After the student has completed all formal requirements for the PhD degree, the dissertation committee administers the final oral examination. The final examination should take the form of a presentation and defense of the dissertation, followed by an examination of the candidate’s comprehensive knowledge of the field.  For further information regarding the final defense, please refer to the student handbook.

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