Curriculum

Academic Goals

The mission of the graduate program in the Department of Biostatistics is to educate professional biostatisticians who can:

  • conduct methodological works independently with in-depth biostatistical knowledge,
  • collaborate with investigators in the solution of health-related problems, and
  • provide leadership in research, teaching and service in medicine and health industry.

Department

  • Program in Biostatistics

Fields of Study

  • Biostatistics

Degree Requirements

M.S. degree
  • A student who is enrolled in master's degree program must take following four core courses (a total of 12 credits):
    BST 551 Theory of Biosta-tistics 1, BST 552 Theory of Biostatistics 2, BST 553 Biostatistical Consulting 1, and BST 731 Epidemiology. If some of the courses were taken before, it can be replaced with a course provided by the department of Biostatistics with academic advisor's approval.
  • Aside from the core courses, an MS student must take at least 4 courses (a total of 12 credits) from courses provided by the Department of Biostatistics or other related departments such as Department of Statistics, Department of Public Health, or Department of Computer Science Education, with academic advisor's approval.
  • Aside from the coursework credits, an MS student must sign up for research guide and earn 2 credits each semester for 4 semesters. A total of 8 research guide credits is required, including participation of thesis presentation and evaluation.
  • The minimum credits required for the MS degree are 24 except research guide credits.
  • In principle, MS students must submit their thesis or dissertation proposal to a committee during the study. The master's thesis committee should be composed of at least 3 members including the academic advisor. The submitted proposal is evaluated by the committee. If the committee decides that the subject of thesis or dissertation is not suitable, the student should revise the proposal until the committee satisfies.
Ph.D. degree
  • A student who is enrolled in Ph.D. degree program must take following four core courses (a total of 15 credits): BST 551 Theory of Biostatistics I, BST 552 Theory of Biostatistics II, BST 553 Biostatistical Consulting 1, BST 653 Survival Data Analysis, and BST 845 Analysis of Repeated Measures Data. If some of the courses were taken before, it can be replaced with a course provided by the department of Biostatistics with academic advisor's approval.
  • Aside from the core courses, a Ph.D. student must take at least 4 courses (a total of 12 credits) from courses provided by the Department of Biostatistics or other related departments such as Department of Statistics, Department of Public Health, or Department of Computer Science Education, with academic advisor's approval.
  • Aside from the coursework credits, a Ph.D. student must sign up for research guide and earn 2 credits each semester for 4 semesters. A total of 8 research guide credits is required, including participation of thesis presentation and evaluation.
  • The minimum credits required for the Ph.D. degree are 36 except research guide credits.
  • In principle, Ph.D. students must submit and present their thesis proposal to a committee during the study. The Ph.D. thesis committee should be composed of at least 5 members including the academic advisor. The submitted and presented proposal is evaluated by the committee. If the committee decides that the subject of thesis or dissertation is not suitable, the student should revise the proposal until the committee satisfies.

Prerequisite Courses

An MS student whose undergraduate major is other than statistics should register the following prerequisite undergraduate courses. If the student took similar courses during his or her undergraduate, these courses can be exempt from prerequisites with academic advisor's approval.

Degree Conferred
Core Prerequisite Mathematical Statistics (3 credits)
General Prerequisite (6 credits from following courses) Regression Analysis (3 credits)
Multivariate Analysis (3 credits)
Statistical Computing (3 credits)
Biostatistics (3 credits)
Design of Experiment (3 credits)

Prerequisite courses for a Ph.D. student are BST 551 Theory of Biostatistics 1 and BST 552 Theory of Biostatistics 2 as well as prerequisites for MS degree. If the student took similar courses during his or her undergraduate or MS program, these courses can be exempt from prerequisites with academic advisor's approval.

Examination and Thesis

M.S.
  • Master Comprehensive Examination is a written examination based on the theories and applications of Biostatistics. A students who failed the exam can retake the exam. However, the student is not allowed to take more than three times. A student who wants to take the exam should notify his/her intention to the academic advisor in the beginning of the semester he/she wants to take the exam.
  • Submission of a thesis proposal for master's degree is granted to a student who has registered at least 2 semesters of the coursework. Thesis proposal must be submitted and presented by the end of March in the first semester or by the end of September in the second semester. The committee evaluates oral presentation of the proposal and decides its approval. If the subject of the thesis is not suitable, the committee can demand revision.
  • A student who passes the foreign language examination, the comprehensive examination, and the thesis proposal should give a presentation of the thesis in the semester he/she expects to earn the degree. The thesis presentation should be done in May (first semester) or in November (second semester).
  • If the thesis presentation is passed, the final written version of the thesis is evaluated by the thesis committee. In order to obtain the MS degree, the written thesis must be approved by at least two committee members including the academic advisor.
Ph.D.
  • Ph.D. Qualifying Examination is a written examination based on the theories and applications of biostatistics. A students who failed the exam can retake the exam. However, the student is not allowed to take more than four times. A student who wants to take the exam should notify his/her intention to the academic advisor in the beginning of the semester he/she wants to take the exam.
  • Submission of a thesis proposal for Ph.D. degree is granted to a student who has registered at least 4 semesters of the course work. Thesis proposal must be submitted and presented by the end of March in the first semester or by the end of September in the second semester. The committee evaluates the proposal and decides its approval. If the subject of the thesis is not suitable, the committee can demand revision.
  • A student who passes the foreign language examination, the comprehensive examination, and the thesis proposal should give a presentation of the thesis in the semester he/she expects to earn the degree. The thesis presentation should be done in May (first semester) or in November (second semester).
  • If the thesis presentation is passed, the final written version of the thesis is evaluated by the thesis committee. In order to obtain the Ph.D. degree, the written thesis must be approved by at least four committee members including the academic advisor.

Offered Degrees

  • M.S., Master of Science in Biostatistics
  • Ph.D., Doctor of Philosophy in Biostatistics

Courses and Syllabuses

Major Courses   open
Major Courses List
Code Title Credits Remarks
BST 551 Theory of Biostatistics 1 3 MS Core
BST 552 Theory of Biostatistics 2 3 MS Core
BST 553 Biostatistical Consulting 1 3 MS Core, Ph.D. Core
BST 554 Biostatistical Consulting 2 3  
BST 555 Biostatistical Consulting 3 3  
BST 556 Biostatistical Consulting 4 3  
BST 652 Applied Multivariate Data Analysis 3  
BST 653 Survival Data Analysis 3 Ph.D. Core
BST 655 Biostatistical Methodologies in Clinical Trials 3  
BST 656 Regression Analysis in Biostatistics 3  
BST 657 Biostatistical Design and Analysis 3  
BST 659 Survey Methodology in Biostatistics 3  
BST 731 Epidemiology 3 MS Core
BST 821 Special Topics in Biostatistics 1 3  
BST 822 Special Topics in Biostatistics 2 3  
BST 831 Seminar in Biostatistics 1 3  
BST 832 Seminar in Biostatistics 2 3  
BST 841 Dissertation Seminar 1 3  
BST 842 Dissertation Seminar 2 3  
BST 843 Dissertation Seminar 3 3  
BST 844 Categorical Data Analysis 3  
BST 845 Analysis of Repeated Measures Data 3 Ph.D. Core
BST 846 General Linear Models 3  
BST 847 Advanced Theory in Biostatistics 3  
BST 848 Computational Biostatistics 3 Ph.D. Core
BST 850 Bayesian Theory 3  
BST 852 Biostatistical methods in Epidemiologic Study 3  
BST 853 Systematic Review and Meta Analysis 3  
BST 854 Analysis of Incomplete Data 3  
BST 855 Statistics of Causal Inference 3