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The doctoral program prepares students to understand the mathematical and theoretical basis of statistical methodology; collaborate on the design of research studies in the health sciences; provide advice on the proper collection, entry, storage, retrieval, and manipulation of data; and take primary responsibility for the analysis, interpretation and dissemination of data in a research study using state-of-the-art statistical methods and software. Doctoral students are also prepared to carry out original methodological research in statistics and apply the resulting methodology to health-related research problems.
The Doctor of Philosophy curriculum is not lock-step; students do not graduate as a class at the end of the specific semester.
The maximum duration of the program is 7 years.
STAT 9300 - Dissertation Research must be taken every semester after admission to candidacy until dissertation requirements are met.
The Ph.D. program is designed to be completed in 4-5 years. The curriculum for the program includes (1) formal coursework, (2) preliminary and comprehensive exams, and (3) original research conducted under the supervision of a faculty mentor that leads to a successfully defended dissertation, as specified by the policies of the Department of Biostatistics and the School of Graduate Studies.