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Degree Requirements/Program Course Schedule

To be eligible for graduation with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Biostatistics students must successfully:

  1. Complete at least 72 hours of credits obtained from coursework, journal club, and seminar credits. This coursework should be completed by the end of the third year.
  2. Pass each of the ten core PhD courses with at least a C+ and maintain at least a B average.
  3. Complete at least eight courses (24 credit hours) of elective Biostatistics courses or biomedical subject matter courses.
  4. Pass the first- and second-year comprehensive examinations on the first or second attempt at the PhD level.
  5. Complete the second-year interdisciplinary research rotation.
  6. Pass the doctoral qualifying oral examination in the third academic year.
  7. Submit and defend a doctoral dissertation detailing original research and methodological contributions that advance the knowledge of the discipline of Biostatistics. Dissertation research must represent publishable quality research of a Biostatistical nature.
  8. Present dissertation findings in a Departmental seminar.



  Year     Fall       Spring    
      Principles of Modern Biostatistics* (4) Modern Regression Analysis* (4)
  1   Fundamentals of Probability* (4) Contemporary Statistical Inference* (4)  
      Introduction to Statistical Computing (2) Elective (3)
      Elective1 (4)      
  Credits:     14       11    
  1st year Comprehensive Examination (end of spring 1st year)        
      Adv. Regression Analysis I (L&GLM)* (4) Adv. Regression Analysis II (GLM&LDA)* (4)
  2   Adv. Prob. and RA Concepts* (3) Adv. Statistical Inference* (3)
      Applied Survival Analysis†2 (4) Regression Modeling Strategies†2 (3)
      Statistical Collaboration in Health Sciences Part I (3) Statistical Collaboration in Health Sciences Part II (3)
  Credits:     14       13    
  2nd year Comprehensive Examination (end of spring 2nd year)      
      Advanced Statistical Computing (3) Foundations of Inference* (3)
  3   Bayesian Methods†2 (3) Dissertation Research (6)
      Dissertation Research (5)  
  Credits:     11       9    
  Doctoral Qualifying Oral Examination (completed during the 3rd year)  
  4+   Dissertation Research   Dissertation Research  
  Credits:     0       0    
  Dissertation Defense      
  Total Credits   74 (credits = 39 core + 10 Biostatistics + 10 elective + 11 dissertation + 2 intro/ethics)

Notes: * denotes core course for PhD; † Biostatistics or quantitatively focused subject matter courses; 1 Epidemiologic Theory and Methods is recommended for first-year Biostatistics students; 2 Elective strongly recommended for PhD candidates.

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