Degrees & Programs

Master of Arts (MA) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Biostatistics

The MA & PhD programs in Biostatistics are jointly administered by the Department of Biostatistics of the School of Public Health and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

The MA program is aimed primarily at students who have at least the equivalent of Bachelor of Arts or Sciences degree and wish to pursue advanced study in the theory and methods of biostatistics. The program prepares students to function as collaborators on research projects in academia, industry or government, and prepares students for doctoral programs.

The PhD program in Biostatistics is geared towards the graduate student who seeks a career as a professional, academic, or industrial biostatistician in biomedical or epidemiologic sciences. The program meets the needs of the health professional who wishes to continue with public health training and achieve a higher and more specialized degree and the statistician who wishes to specialize in statistical methods for biomedical or epidemiologic applications.

Students who complete the MA or PhD program will gain knowledge in probability, statistical inference and hypothesis testing, the design and conduct of experimental and epidemiological studies, statistical computation, and data analysis. Research interests of the faculty include multivariate analysis, survival analysis, medical statistics, clinical trials methodology, statistical genetics, robust statistics, longitudinal data analysis, time series, regression, estimation theory, and the design of experiments.

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Master of Public Health (MPH) with a concentration in Biostatistics

The Master of Public Health program with a concentration in Biostatistics provides the skills to design, analyze, and interpret the results of public health studies. Through courses covering basic biostatistical methods, advanced regression analysis, and statistical computing, students gain skills in the statistical applications important to research, including, but not limited to, study design, data management, and statistical analysis. Graduates are prepared for further study or for careers in research and project management in academia, government, or the private sector.

Biostatistics concentrators may choose to do a general course of study in biostatistics or one of four emphasis areas.  Each emphasis is interdisciplinary and combines offerings in biostatistics with other courses at Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH).

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