Master of Science (MS)

Biostatistics MS

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Apply statistical skills to solve 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 on the design of biomedical studies, analyze data, and put the results in context for researchers to solve human health related problems. You’ll need mathematical, computational, and communication skills, as well as a curiosity about science.

Advantages of the Program

  • Impact: The Division of Biostatistics & Health Data Science (BHDS) 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 to 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.
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