Program Schedule and Curriculum


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Degree Requirements

For graduation with an M.S. degree in Biostatistics, students must complete 32 credits of course work that include 28 fundamental core credits, 2 practicum credits and 2 consulting credits.  The minimum prerequisites are multi-variable calculus, linear algebra and one statistics course.  Note: BIST 550 is optional for part-time students who have extensive prior consulting experience and must be pre-approved by the department for exemption.

Year 1, Semester 1 (Fall):
BIST 500: Department Seminar (0 credit)
BIST 510: Probability and Sampling (3 credits)
BIST 511: Statistical Inference (3 credits)
BIST 515: Introduction to Statistical Software (2 credits)
BIST 541: Principles of Epidemiology (3 credits)

Year 1, Semester 2 (Spring):
BIST 500: Department Seminar (0 credit)
BIST 512: Categorical Data Analysis (3 credits)
BIST 513: Survival Analysis (3 credits)
BIST 514: Linear Models and Multivariate Analysis (3 credits)
BIST 917: Practicum (1 credit)

Summer:
Internship (Encouraged for all full-time students)

Year 2, Semester 1 (Fall):
BIST 500: Department Seminar (0 credit)
BIST 540: Experimental Design/Clinical Trials (3 credits)
BIST 532: Bioinformatics for Omics Data (3 credits) 
BIST 550: Consulting (2 credits)
BIST 545: Data Analysis (2 credits)
BIST 595: Big Data and its Application on Biomedical Science (0 credit)
BIST 918: Practicum (1 credit)

Possible Program Schedule (for a part-time student)

Year 1, Semester 1 (Fall):
BIST 510: Probability and Sampling (3 credits)
BIST 511: Statistical Inference (3 credits)
BIST 515: Introduction to Statistical Software (2 credits)

Year 1, Semester 2 (Spring):
BIST 512: Categorical Data Analysis (3 credits)
BIST 513: Survival Analysis (3 credits)
BIST 917: Practicum (1 credits)

Year 2, Semester 1 (Fall):
BIST 500: Department Seminar (0 credit)
BIST 541: Principles of Epidemiology (3 credits)
BIST 540: Experimental Design/Clinical Trials (3 credits)
BIST 532: Bioinformatics for Omics Data (3 credits)

Year 2, Semester 2 (Spring):
BIST 500: Department Seminar (0 credit)
BIST 514: Linear Models and Multivariate Analysis (3 credits)

Year 3, Semester 1 (Fall):
BIST 500: Department Seminar (0 credit)
BIST 545: Data Analysis (2 credits)
BIST 550: Consulting (2 credits)