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Biostatistics, M.S.

Arnold School of Public Health

Evaluate important health issues and health care programs across a variety of industries by applying your in-demand statistical skills and techniques in a research or clinical setting.

Gain critical skills in a growing field when you learn to apply statistical theory to the planning, development and evaluation of health programs and problems. Prepare for sought-after roles in academic research and teaching, corporate research and the public sector in government, nonprofit and public health agencies.

Program Highlights

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    Meaningful Work

    Integrate mathematics, statistics and public health to turn data into the answers to health-related questions.

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    Dedicated Faculty

    Learn from 11 full-time faculty members experienced in using rigorous methods to unravel the true story hidden within complex data.

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    High Demand

    Work in private industry, universities, research institutes, state health departments and governmental agencies (CDC, NIH).

What You’ll Study

Our faculty are passionate about teaching, mentoring and advancing biostatistical methodologies to address complex issues. You'll examine health-related problems and identify appropriate statistical analysis techniques, then learn to interpret and clearly communicate your results.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Data Analysis

    Examining and interpreting information to uncover insights and inform decision making


    Gathering and analyzing information to increase knowledge or solve problems

    Problem Solving

    Identifying, analyzing and resolving problems or challenges using creative and effective strategies

  • Communication

    Exchanging information and ideas through speaking, writing or other means of expression


    Working with others to achieve a common goal or objective

    Data Simulation

    Using mathematical or statistical models to replicate real-world scenarios and predict outcomes

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

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Potential Careers

  • Researcher
  • Data Analyst
  • Biotechnologist
  • Biostatistician

Job Titles of Alumni

  • Biostatistician
  • Data Scientist
  • Data Analyst
  • Consulting Statistician
  • Associate Director Biostatistics

Average Alumni Salary

Five to 10 years after graduation without additional education $87,922

Workplace Settings

  • Health Care
  • Education
  • Government
  • Business
  • Nonprofit
  • Life Sciences

Employers of Alumni

  • Atrium Health
  • Childrens National Medical Center
  • Pfizer
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Advanced Degrees

Advance your career or options with post-graduate education.

(Working at the Office for the Study of Aging has) been a great way to incorporate what I’ve learned from my courses with real public health data and projects.

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