Degree Requirements/Program Course Schedule
To be eligible for graduation with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Biostatistics students must successfully:
- 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.
- Pass each of the ten core PhD courses with at least a C+ and maintain at least a B average.
- Complete at least eight courses (24 credit hours) of elective Biostatistics courses or biomedical subject matter courses.
- Pass the first- and second-year comprehensive examinations on the first or second attempt at the PhD level.
- Complete the second-year interdisciplinary research rotation.
- Pass the doctoral qualifying oral examination in the third academic year.
- 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.
- Present dissertation findings in a Departmental seminar.
PROGRAM COURSE SCHEDULE
|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)|
|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)|
|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)|
|Doctoral Qualifying Oral Examination (completed during the 3rd year)|
|4+||Dissertation Research||Dissertation Research|
|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.