Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Biostatistics PhD

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In this top biostatistics program, you'll develop and apply statistical methods to extract and communicate meaning from complex biomedical data as a member of research teams.

A biostatistician is an important part 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 a biostatistics PhD, you’ll conduct original research, collaborate and consult with biomedical researchers, implement and disseminate results of this research, and teach and mentor others in this field.

Why Minnesota?

  • Quality: Our program consistently ranks in the top 8 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.
  • Productivity: PhD students graduate with at least one peer-reviewed publication before graduation; many have three or more.
  • Placement: Graduating students have gone on to faculty and post-doctoral positions at top research universities, as well as research leadership positions at government agencies and in private industry.
  • Personal Attention: The PhD student to faculty ratio is approximately 1.5:1, one of the lowest of any biostatistics program in the nation.
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