The basic philosophy of the Interdisciplinary PhD program in Biostatistics is to provide trained personnel to the biostatistics community, including academia, industry, and government. The goal is to develop a student's ability to create new methodologies as well as address applied questions that arise from the biomedical sciences and public health.
The Interdisciplinary PhD program in Biostatistics is a joint venture between The Department of Statistics in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Division of Biostatistics in the College of Public Health. Students in this program choose between one of two specializations: Methodology and Public Health, which differ in some topic emphases. Incoming students are admitted into the joint program without having to choose a specialization.
The first two years of coursework in both specializations are similar and students in both specializations may earn an MS in Statistics degree en route to the PhD.