PhD in Biostatistics

Designed for individuals with strong quantitative and analytical skills and a strong interest in biological, medical and/or health-related sciences, the 90-credit program can be completed on either a full-time or part-time basis.

Students will be well prepared to contribute to research, collaboration, and consulting across a broad spectrum of health and life science problems.

The program emphasizes the theory and concepts underlying statistical methods, the interpretation of results from experimental, as well as observational studies, and the practical realities of health-related studies and their analysis.

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The biostatistics department is unique within IU Indianapolis in that it resides within two schools, the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health and the IU School of Medicine. The department is home to a renowned, award-winning and connected faculty. The faculty’s research interests are varied and focused on important local and global health issues.

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The PhD in Biostatistics focuses on four core competencies that serve as a measure of growth and criteria for assessment. 

  • Demonstrate the skill of applying advanced biostatistical knowledge needed to collaborate with health sciences investigators. 
  • Develop an appropriate statistical analysis plan in order to address the hypothesis arising from biomedical research.
  • Demonstrate ability to recognize methodological problems in biomedical research.
  • Derive improved methods as solutions to methodologic problems.



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