The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program in Biostatistics & Data Science prepares each graduate to lead cutting-edge research and act as a consummate resource in the design, analysis, and interpretation of a wide array of studies. Graduates will possess the technical and collaborative skills necessary to work with clinicians, epidemiologists, private companies, and population health organizations. This program bridges competencies in statistics, computer science, and epidemiology.
After receiving two years of broad training, students complete a dissertation in one or more areas of emphasis:
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: