Biostatistics Degree Programs

Master of Public Health in Biostatistics

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.

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Biostatistics Electives: Minimum 9 credit hours of regular courses of 623 or higher-level.

**Outside Electives: A minimum of 3 graduate credit hours of electives must be taken from some field of Biology, Public Health or Medicine.

The academic advisor must approve these courses.

Curriculum Planning

Click here for the MPH in Biostatistics Curriculum Planning Sheet


Student Handbook

Department of Biostatistics' Graduate Student Handbook


Contact Information

For additional information concerning the MS program contact Della Daniel at ddaniel@uab.edu.

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.  For admission to the MS program, a student's undergraduate curriculum must include a 3-semester sequence of calculus or equivalent, linear algebra, and proficiency in computing.  It is preferred that students have 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.  Interested students should contact the department of Biostatistics.

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Program Requirements

*Biostatistics Electives: Minimum 6 credit hours of regular courses of 624 or higher‐level. (See Student Handbook for suggested BST electives.)

Required Outside Electives: Minimum 7 graduate credit hours of electives must be taken from a non‐quantitative field (i.e. Biology, Public Health or Medicine) with advisor’s approval and in some case, also approval of instructor.


All students are required to complete a 37 hour, self-paced online course entitled “Overview of Public Health” by the end of their second semester. Students with prior public health education (coursework in each of the public health core disciplines) or experience (5 years in public health) may be waived from this requirement by permission of the Associate Dean.


Summary of Steps to the MS Degree

Step 1. The student must successfully complete all of the core courses.
Step 2. The student must pass the qualifying exam at the master’s level.
Step 3. Working with their chosen research advisor, the student should select a research committee and conduct a research project.
Step 4. The student prepares and submits a final written summary of the project to the department and presents the work orally in a departmental seminar.

MS students are generally expected to complete all degree requirements within 5 years of matriculation. One extension of this time limit can be requested when mitigating circumstances preclude completion of the requirements within 5 years. The recommendation for an extension should include a plan and timeline for completion. Such requests require the approval of the Graduate Program Director and must be presented in writing to the Dean of the Graduate School for consideration and approval. Courses taken more than 5 years before graduation may not be applied towards the degree without the approval of the Graduate Program Director and Dean of the Graduate School.

Curriculum Planning

Click here for the MS in Biostatistics Curriculum Planning Sheet


Student Handbook

Department of Biostatistics' Graduate Student Handbook


Contact Information

For additional information concerning the MS program contact Della Daniel at ddaniel@uab.edu.

Master of Science in Public Health in Clinical and Translational Science

Program Description

Master of Science in Public Health in Clinical and Translational Science (CTSB) is a post-medical or other health science degree training program, aimed primarily at fellows and faculty members interested in developing skills required for clinical research.  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 project development and management.  A graduate of this program will have the academic training to develop and lead independent research programs and projects. The program consists of a core set of courses common to all students, plus research elective and focus elective courses that reflect the academic interest of the student.   At this time, the program can accommodate students with specific interest in Biostatistics, Environmental Health, Epidemiology, and Health Behavior.  As a result, there will be some variation in the specific knowledge an skills acquired by each graduate.  However, the primary learning objectives will apply to all students, irrespective of departmental affiliation.  As such, graduates will be able to do the following upon completion of the program:

  • design, conduct, and evaluate clinical research studies;
  • understand issues of data collection and study management;
  • follow appropriate policies and procedures relating to the utilization of human subjects in clinical research;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the ethics of research on human subjects;
  • prepare competitive applications for extramural research funding;
  • prepare manuscripts for publication in the scientific literature; and
  • critically evaluate published research

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Program Requirements

Applicants should possess a medical or other health science professional degree. They may be in their final years of training as residents or fellows or hold positions as junior faculty members. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for applications to all MSPH programs in the School of Public Health.  The GRE may be waived at the discretion of the committee, for applicants who have been pre-screened by the clinical investigator training grant committee of the School of Medicine. The applicant must produce three letters of reference and a letter stating that he/she will be guaranteed sufficient release time from clinical duties to be able to attend classes regularly and fulfill course requirements in a timely manner. A medical/health sciences mentor should be identified and a setting where the student can gain experience in conducting clinical research. A faculty member within the School of Public Health will be assigned as an advisor based on the stated interests of the applicant.


Curriculum

The MSPH in Clinical and Translational Science consists of a minimum of 41 credit hours.  Of these, 14 hours are required, including 9 hours of specific Biostatistics courses and 5 hours of specific Epidemiology courses.  Students then select at least 9 credit hours from a list of approved Masters Research Electives, complete 9 hours of focus specific electives in Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Environmental Health, or Health Behavior, and take at least 9 hours of (698 level) Masters research to fulfill the MSPH requirement for conducting a research project. 

All students are required to complete a 37 hour, self-paced online course entitled “Overview of Public Health” by the end of their second semester. Students with prior public health education (coursework in each of the public health core disciplines) or experience (5 years in public health) may be waived from this requirement by permission of the Associate Dean.

**Note that care must be exercised when selecting some of these courses since some have prerequisites that must be taken earlier in the sequence of classes or taken concurrently.

Curriculum Planning

Click here for the MSPH in Clinical and Translational Science (CTSB) Curriculum Planning Sheet


Student Handbook

Department of Biostatistics' Graduate Student Handbook


Contact Information

For additional information concerning the MS program contact Della Daniel at ddaniel@uab.edu.

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.  For admission to the program, a student's undergraduate curriculum must include a 3-semester sequence of calculus or equivalent, linear algebra, and proficiency in computing.  It is preferred that students have additional advanced mathematics courses, e.g., differential equations, advanced calculus including special functions, and complex analysis.  Advanced calculus and a prior MS in statistics or biostatistics are required for admission to the PhD program.  Some background in the natural sciences would be helpful.  Interested students should contact the department of Biostatistics.

All students entering the PhD program are required to complete the coursework required for the MS degree. As described above, it is possible for a student entering the graduate program with an MS degree in statistics or biostatistics from another institution to waive up to 12 credit hours of coursework at the discretion of the GPC. It will be the student’s option whether to actually obtain the MS degree, but the department strongly encourages that they do so, since the completion of the master’s project is very good research experience and may lead to a publication.

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Program Requirements

*Courses should be numbered 624 or higher, including at least 9 hours of 700 level courses.

The departmental handbook and/or the Graduate School Catalog should be consulted for information regarding research advisor, comprehensive examinations, thesis and dissertation proposal and defense.

All students are required to complete a 37 hour, self-paced online course entitled “Overview of Public Health” by the end of their second semester. Students with prior public health education (coursework in each of the public health core disciplines) or experience (5 years in public health) may be waived from this requirement by permission of the Associate Dean.


Curriculum Planning 

Click here for the PhD in Biostatistics Curriculum Planning Sheet


Student Handbook

Department of Biostatistics' Graduate Student Handbook


Contact Information

For additional information concerning the MS program contact Della Daniel at ddaniel@uab.edu.

 

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