The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program in Biostatistics & Data Science will prepare graduates to conduct cutting-edge research, teach the next generation of biostatisticians and data scientists, and collaborate with basic research scientists, clinicians, epidemiologists, and population and public health organizations. This program synergizes competencies in statistics, computer science, and epidemiology, a critical combination of skills for analyzing increasingly complex health-related data, offering three areas of emphasis:
Target audiencesCollege graduates and professionals from:
Students must complete a dissertation expanding knowledge in one or more emphasis areas:
The doctoral course of study includes supervised consulting, internships, and the aforementioned dissertation, offering students ample opportunities to work with high-quality data and reputable researchers from two epidemiologic studies supported by the National Institutes of Health. The Jackson Heart Study (JHS) is the largest ever single-site study of cardiovascular disease and its causes in African-Americans. The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities study (ARIC) is designed to investigate the causes of atherosclerosis and its clinical outcomes, as well as the variation in cardiovascular risk factors and disease by race, gender, and location.
Graduates of the program will be able to:
You may complete the doctoral program in 5 years (60 credit hours) and earn a master of science (MS) in Biostatistics & Data Science along the way.