About the Program

Students acquire experience and expertise in applying analytic methodology and theory to biomedical and clinical problems. Areas of emphasis are categorical data analysis, clinical trials, longitudinal data analysis, survival analysis, and spatial and Bayesian statistics. The Ph.D. epidemiology program includes essential coursework in epidemiology methods, biostatistics theory and methods, and other core courses vital in building a foundation for a career in epidemiology. Biomedical data science and informatics is an interdisciplinary field that applies concepts and methods from computer science and other quantitative disciplines together with principles of information science to solve challenging problems in biology, medicine, and public health.

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Program Learning Outcomes: Skills and Knowledge

Biostatistics applied areas of interest are varied, and some of the significant applications include cancer, dental medicine, neurology, psychiatry, and radiology. A Ph.D. in epidemiology will be ready to lead research projects and/or teach epidemiology at any level and will have the competency to pursue a career in public health departments, universities, clinical departments, state or federal agencies, or other settings. BDSI Graduates will possess the necessary skills for informatics careers in biology, medicine, or public health focused on developing prescriptive analytics from significant data sources.

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Aspirational Career Sector

  • 81. Other Services (except Public Administration)
  • 62. Health Care & Social Assistance
  • 61. Education