The PhD in Biostatistics is offered by the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. The doctoral degree program in Biostatistics will have an emphasis on the foundations of statistical reasoning and will require its graduates to complete rigorous training in applied probability and statistical analyses. This program prepares students who have demonstrated excellence in mathematics and the sciences to become research biostatisticians in academia, industry, or government.
To the extent possible, the curriculum of each student will be tailored to his or her background and interests.
The doctoral program requires approximately four to five years for completion. The first two years of this time are usually devoted to coursework, the comprehensive doctoral examinations, and development of doctoral research. The program is research oriented and centers on a major research project. The overall course of study is developed by the student and the Faculty Advisor, and is approved by the student's Graduate committee and the Chair the Biostatistics Section. Students will be required to defend their dissertation through a public presentation and oral examination with their committee.
View more about the program and the curriculum at: http://publichealth.arizona.edu/academics/doctoral-programs/biostatistics
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View more detailed admissions criteria at: http://publichealth.arizona.edu/prospective-students/phd-biostats-admissions-criteria
Applications are to be submitted through SOPHAS, the centralized application service for accredited schools and programs of public health, at www.sophas.org.
GRE - Send scores to the University of Arizona College of Public Health/SOPHAS, code 4253
International Students - Tests of English Proficiency
International applicants are required by the UA Graduate College to submit a TOEFL score of 90 on the iBT (web-based) test.
For students who take the IELTS examination, an overall score of 7 is required, with a score of no less than 6 on any individual band or module. TOEFL and IELTS test scores must be dated within two years of the year of enrollment.
Students may be requested to enter the Center for English as a Second Language to improve their verbal skills.
SOPHAS TOEFL Scores - Code 5688
SOPHAS IELTS Scores - Code SOPHAS
A variety of funding is available in the form of scholarships/fellowships, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships. More information regarding tuition and financial assistance is available at: http://publichealth.arizona.edu/prospective-students/tuition-financial-assistance
Priority: January 5
Secondary: March 1
Note: Students who apply by the priority deadline will be given the highest priority for admissions and consideration for scholarships and assistantships.
Required PhD Courses (35 units)
Elective Courses* (minimum 12 units)
**Electives may also be chosen from other Statistics or Mathematics courses with approval of the Biostatistics Faculty.
Note: BIOS 576A, Biostatistics in Public Health (3 units), is considered a prerequisite, which will have been met by most entering students.
Minor Courses (minimum 9 units)
Each PhD student must complete a minimum of 9 credit hours of course work in a minor area. The minor area of study specifies the number of required minor units. This should consist of a coherent set of courses in an area (or in related areas) of application of biostatistics; the courses may be from more than one program. Minor courses should be primarily applied as opposed to mathematics/statistical in nature.
Dissertation (minimum 18 units)
PhD in Biostatistics - Total Minimum Credit Requirements = 74 units
The PhD minor in Biostatistics is administered by the Biostatistics Section in MEZCOPH. The PhD Minor in Biostatistics is designed for individuals from other University of Arizona doctoral degree programs who wish to obtain graduate training in Biostatistics.
A total of 15 course credits are required. Admission to the minor must be approved by the Biostatistics minor faculty representative and the Biostatistics Section Chair, no later than enrollment in the second minor course. Selection of courses must be performed in consultation with the Biostatistics minor faculty representative.
PhD Minor in Biostatistics Requirements (minimum of 15 units)
BIOS 576C Applied Biostatistics Analysis (3)
BIOS 576D Data Management and the SAS Programming Language (3)
BIOS 647 Analysis of Categorical Data (3)
BIOS 648 Analysis of High Dimensional Data (3)
BIOS 675 Clinical Trials and Intervention Studies (3)
EPID 677 Genetic Association Studies (3)
BIOS 684 General Linear and Mixed Effects Models (3)
BIOS 688 Statistical Consulting (3)
BIOS 686 Survival Analysis (3)
BIOS 687 Theory of Linear Models (3)
MATH 564 Theory of Probability (3)
MATH 566 Theory of Statistics (3)
STAT 571A Advanced Statistical Regression Analysis (3)
STAT 571B Design of Experiments (3)
STAT 675 Statistical Computing (3)
It is the responsibility of the student to have met prerequisites (if not already required for
the student’s Major), such as:
BIOS 576A Biostatistics in Public Health
BIOS 576B Biostatistics for Research
|Application Acceptance Rate||82%|
|Med. Time-to-degree (years)||6.25|
|Enrollment Percent Male||50%|
|Enrollment Percent Female||50%|
|Enrollment Percent International||27%|
|Enrollment Percent URM||9%|