Competencies

Master of Science in Biostatistics

Upon completion of the Master of Science in Biostatistics (MS) degree, all graduates will be able to:

  • Describe the core disciplines of public health and how they apply to improving population health
  • Apply epidemiologic methods to the measurement and study of population health and the prevention of infectious and chronic disease
  • Describe concepts in probability theory, random variation and commonly used statistical distributions
  • Have a solid grounding in intermediate mathematical statistics
  • Develop sample size and power calculations for different study designs including those from clinical trials
  • Perform a variety of statistical analyses (estimation and inference) including ANOVA, multiple regression, generalized linear modeling, multivariate analysis, survival analysis, design of experiments, various new techniques from statistical learning theory, analyze longitudinal data and spatial data
  • Interpret results from above statistical analyses to draw relevant conclusions from data
  • Communicate effectively by producing summary reports, statistical analysis sections of papers, graphical summaries and tabular summaries of the data
  • Develop oral presentations of statistical analyses for primarily public health and medical professionals
  • Develop a high level of competency in statistical programming both with R and SAS for both managing and analyzing data
  • Recognize potential ethical issues and implement the concepts of ethical conduct of research