Training Grant in Biostatistics

Program Overview

The Interdisciplinary Training for Biostatisticians Program, funded through the National Institute of General Medical Sciences representing several institutes at the National Institutes of Health, is designed for students entering the Boston University Biostatistics PhD program at the post-bachelor level. Students in advanced standing are also eligible to apply. The purpose of the program is to integrate traditional courses in statistical theory, study design, and applied statistical analysis with practical experiences gained through internships working with investigators in the biological sciences. The ultimate goal is to provide students with a breadth of education and experience as practicing biostatisticians. The training award provides funding for all coursework in the PhD doctoral program up to 64 credits. Students who are accepted into the Biostatistics Training Program will receive a full education in biostatistics as well as exposure to the biological sciences and the practice of biostatistics in the biomedical sciences.


To be considered for the program, applicants must hold a bachelors degree from an accredited college or university, be a US citizen or permanent resident, and have a desire for interdisciplinary training. Applicants must also meet all eligibility requirements of the Biostatistics Program.

Program Requirements

All students on the training grant need to complete the PhD requirements listed below in addition to 4 rotations worth 1 credit each. The 4 rotation credits count as one elective course. Additionally, of the PhD coursework listed below, students in the training grant must take a biology class. (Please note that biology is an elective in the typical PhD program).

The rotations include: ethical conduct, genetics, bioinformatics, observational studies, and clinical trials. Each student must complete 4 of the 5 possible rotations; all students must complete the ethical conduct rotation. Students must also complete 2 rotations in a biology track, genetics and bioinformatics rotations, or complete their third year with 20 hours per week in a biology/genetics/bioinformatics laboratory environment. Each rotation is a 1-credit course lasting for one semester with the expectation of 10 hours per week doing hands-on lab/data work (with the exception of the ethical conduct rotation).

To Apply

Eligible individuals who are interested in being considered for the Interdisciplinary Training for Biostatisticians Program must complete the standard application for the PhD program in Biostatistics by December 15th. Additionally, applicants must submit a one page statement indicating their interest in the Interdisciplinary Training for Biostatisticians Program and how this program will enhance their educational and career goals. Please submit this statement along with your application.

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