Alumni Profile: Philip Moll

Philip Moll graduated from the MS in Biostatistics program in June 2014 and completed a thesis titled "A Comparison of Imputation Methods in the 2012 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey." 


Q. What is your educational and professional background?

I have a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics, and I completed OHSU's Master of Science in Biostatistics in June of 2014.

Q. Why did you decide to pursue the MS in Biostatistics at OHSU?

I have always been interested in statistics.

Q. How would you describe the learning environment in the required and elective courses?

Among the students, there was a collaborative and friendly spirit, and the coursework was challenging and interesting.

Q. Can you describe a project that you worked on in the program?

There were many interesting projects. I remember one assignment in Dr. Lee's survey class was to critique the statistics found in some published work. I quite enjoyed tearing apart what was, in my view, a fairly flimsy piece from an ostensibly respectable think tank.

Q. Can you tell us about your current job?

I work for a company that makes cardiovascular health devices, such as pacemakers and stents. I help them with the stats work for their clinical trials.

Q. Did the MS in Biostatistics help you obtain this position, and if so, how?

Absolutely. The training from the OHSU biostatistics program made it possible to do the work, firstly. And a solid reference from my academic advisor helped me in the hiring process.

Q. How do you apply concepts and skills that you learned in the program in your daily work?

Well, the stats training definitely is put to use. Additionally, the 'figure-out-how-to-get-it-done' spirit of graduate school comes in handy when I don't have specific training.

Q.  What kind of advice would you give to potential applicants to the MS in Biostatistics program?

An MS in Biostatistics at OHSU is a bet with a good expected value.