Use statistical skills to put numbers into context as part of public health research for solving human health-related problems.
A biostatistician is an important member of many research teams. Working in close partnership with researchers across a wide array of scientific disciplines, a biostatistician designs studies and develops statistical tools to extract meaning from complex data.
With an MS in biostatistics, you’ll collaborate in the design of biomedical studies, analyze data, and put the results in context for researchers. You’ll need mathematical, computational, and communication skills, as well as a curiosity about science.
- Quality: Our program has recently ranked #5–7 out of approximately 40 of biostatistics programs in the U.S.
- Impact: The Division of Biostatistics plays a leadership role in many national and international clinical trials, including the first vaccine trial for Ebola and the largest HIV/AIDS treatment trial in history.
- Breadth: Interdisciplinary research includes collaborations across the University of Minnesota with the Medical School, College of Veterinary Medicine, the Carlson School of Management, the Humphrey Institute for Public Affairs, the Supercomputing Institute, and Minnesota Population Center.
- Personal attention: The master’s student to faculty ratio is approximately 1:1. Every student completes a Plan B project/thesis, working in close partnership with a faculty adviser on a research project for 3–6 months.
- Placement: Graduating students have gone on to research and consulting positions at a variety of academic institutions, government agencies, health insurance providers, pharmaceutical companies, and tech startups.