Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Biostatistics PhD

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Extract and communicate meaning from complex biomedical data.

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.

Advantages of the Program

  • Personal Attention. The PhD student-to-faculty ratio is approximately 1.5:1, one of the lowest of any biostatistics program in the nation.
  • 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.
  • 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 postdoctoral positions at top research universities, as well as research leadership positions at government agencies and in private industry.
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