Graduate Certificate in Biostatistics

Graduate Certificate Program Summary

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The Graduate Certificate in Biostatistics program will provide basic and intermediate graduate level biostatistics training for a diverse range of students in the health sciences.  It is primarily aimed at researchers, students in other programs, and working professionals who are interested in becoming more skilled in applied biostatistics methods and theory.     

Candidates should possess an aptitude for mathematics and a desire to learn biostatistics. Thirty (30) credits (18 credits in core courses, 12 in electives) will be required to earn the Certificate in Biostatistics which can be taken on a part-time or full-time basis. The program is comprised of formal didactic sessions and hands-on statistical computing. Classroom and laboratory training will include ample contextualized examples.  Opportunities exist for mentored collaborative health science research experiences involving ongoing projects at OHSU.

Goals of the program  

The program will produce high quality graduates equipped with a well-rounded background in applied biostatistics and skills to:

  • Perform a broad range of basic and intermediate level applied statistical procedures that are required in basic, clinical, population and translational sciences.  
  • Interpret and summarize analysis results in research reports and papers and communicate them to individuals with varying degrees of statistical knowledge.  
  • Apply the principles of research design to address problems in basic, clinical, and population sciences.   
  • Identify strengths and weaknesses of alternative designs and analytic methods.
  • Conduct analyses for the student's own research projects or provide support to collaborative research teams.

Review of completed applications will start in mid-April, but we will continue to accept applications received by April 30 or until program capacity is reached. Therefore, we strongly suggest applications be made in advance of the April 30 deadline. 

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Biostatistics Graduate Programs Handbook (Certificate, MS)

Program Requirements

Required courses:

(18 credits total)

BSTA 511 Estimation and Hypothesis Testing for Applied Biostatistics  – 4 credits

BSTA 512 Linear Models – 4 credits

BSTA 513 Categorical Data Analysis – 4 credits

BSTA 514 Survival Analysis – 3 credits   -OR-  BSTA 519 Applied Longitudinal Data Analysis

BSTA 510 Biostatistics Lab  – 3 credits (taken in the same quarter)



An additional 12 elective credits can be taken from the following:

BSTA 500 Reading and Research in Biostatistics - 1-3 credits

BSTA 504 Topics in Biostatistics - 3 credits

BSTA 514 Survival Analysis - 3 credits (if not taken as an elective as noted above)

BSTA 515 Data Management and Analysis in SAS – 3 credits

BSTA 516 Design and Analysis of Surveys – 3 credits

BSTA 517 Statistical Methods in Clinical Trials – 3 credits

BSTA 518 Spatial Data Analysis with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) – 3 credits

BSTA 519 Applied Longitudinal Data Analysis (if not taken as a required course as noted above)

BSTA 531 Lean & Six Sigma I - 3 credits

BSTA 532 Lean & Six Sigma II - 3 credits

PHPM 512 Epidemiology I – 4 credits

PHPM 513 Epidemiology II (Methods) – 4 credits

BMI 550 Computational Biology I – 4 credits

BMI 551 Computational Biology II – 4 credits

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