Offered On Campus in Tucson
The UA Zuckerman College of Public Health offers the following doctoral degrees with a focus in Biostatistics: Doctorate (PhD) in Biostatistics, and a PhD Minor in Biostatistics.
The PhD in Biostatistics is offered by the Department 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. A competitive applicant to the PhD in Biostatistics will have a strong quantitative background; at least three semesters of college-level calculus through multivariable/vector calculus is required, as well as one semester of linear algebra.
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 Biostatistics Program Director. Students will be required to defend their dissertation through a public presentation and oral examination with their committee.
Required PhD Courses (32 units)
- MATH 564 Theory of Probability (3)
- MATH 566 Theory of Statistics (3)
- EPID 573A Basic Principles of Epidemiology (3)
- BIOS 576B Biostatistics for Research (3)
- BIOS 685 Special Topics in Biostatistics (3)
- BIOS 687 Theory of Linear Models (3)
- BIOS BIOS 688 Statistical Consulting (3)
- STAT 571B Design of Experiments (3)
- STAT 675 Statistical Computing (3)
- PHCL 595B Scientific Writing, Presentation and Bioethics (2)
- BIOS 696S Biostatistics Seminar (1 unit; 2 times)
- HPS 609 Evaluating Public Health Literature (1)
Elective Courses* (minimum 15 units)
- BIOS 576C Applied Biostatistics Analysis (3)
- BIOSBIOS BBIOS 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 686 Survival Analysis (3)
**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)
Admission Criteria Biostatistics PhD Program: Students with a prior MS degree in Biostatistics or Statistics are eligible for admission into the Biostatistics PhD program. Students who enter the Biostatistics PhD program after completion of an MS degree from MEZCOPH, may use 23 units towards the Doctorate in Biostatistics (PhD). Thus, students with an MS must complete a minimum of 18 additional units of course work, 6 units of seminar, 9 units or more in a minor subject, and 18 dissertation units. They will be allowed to substitute more advanced courses for any required courses already completed.
Total Minimum Credit Requirements = 74 units
PhD Minor in Biostatistics
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.