Graduate Program Biostatistics

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Biostatistics Master's Degree and Graduate Certificate Overview

Our Biostatistics graduate programs equip you with statistical knowledge and skills to apply to biomedical research and public health.

The OHSU-PSU School of Public Health’s graduate programs in Biostatistics provide statistical training using real-world data from health-related fields.

With a unique structure that combines the resources of two pioneering research universities, the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health (SPH) has helped Oregon gain national recognition for creative public health solutions. We are deeply engaged in collaborative research and have a strong commitment to interdisciplinary partnerships. You will enjoy rich opportunities to collaborate with clinical researchers, scientific investigators, educators, and public health professionals. Our biostatistics faculty have a wide range of expertise and research interests such as Bayesian statistics, big and high dimensional data, electronic health records data, machine learning, statistical computing, statistical genetics, bioinformatics, observational studies, clinical trials, and community intervention trials, with extensive applications to biomedical and public health research.

The OHSU-PSU School of Public Health’s graduate programs in Biostatistics enable you to learn Biostatistics skills in a highly collaborative environment. They prepare you for a career in biomedical and public health research, industry, or doctoral programs, with skills directly applicable to practice.

We offer three Biostatistics graduate programs ― a Master of Science in Biostatistics, Master of Public Health in Biostatistics, and Graduate Certificate in Biostatistics ― to fit the needs of students with different educational goals.

Choose one of our Biostatistics graduate programs if you seek:

  • Broad application of Biostatistics to biomedical research, public health, bioinformatics, pharmaceuticals, and related subjects
  • Renowned faculty with diverse expertise, research interests, and collaborative experience
  • Personal attention from faculty and professional collaborators
  • Didactic sessions and hands-on experience focusing on both statistical methods and the interpretation and communication of results.
  • Internship opportunities from two Biostatistics shared resources: the Biostatistics & Design Program, one of the OHSU shared resource cores, and Knight Cancer Institute Biostatistics Shared Resources
  • Exceptional rates of job placement and graduate-school admissions
  • Opportunities to make an impact at the societal level

Master of Science in Biostatistics

The MS in Biostatistics equips you with knowledge in applied statistical methods and theory of biostatistics, as well as skills in traditional statistical methods and computational biology, statistical learning, data science programming, and computation for big data. The program prepares you to pursue a career as an intermediate-level biostatistician or for doctoral programs in Biostatistics. Our students come from very diverse backgrounds such as mathematics and statistics, chemistry, biology, medicine, economics, and psychology.

Our Biostatistics MS degree qualifies you for jobs in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Our graduates have been employed by local, state, and federal public health agencies, health and medical centers, pharmaceutical companies, device manufacturers, and research institutions. If you choose to continue to doctoral studies, our Biostatistics Masters degree provides you with first-rate preparation and a highly competitive CV.

Master of Public Health in Biostatistics

The MPH in Biostatistics program equips you with applied biostatistical skills to collect and analyze data in support of public health research, program assessment, and policy analysis, all in the context of public health foundational knowledge. The program also prepares you to be proficient in statistical programming commonly used in public health research and practice, population-based study design, and epidemiological methods. The practice experience required by the program enables you to get involved in the community and to work on a project addressing public health challenges in an applied setting.

The MPH in Biostatistics program suits students who are mainly interested in applied statistical methods. Graduates of our Biostatistics MPH program have a high rate of employment with health care systems, nonprofit organizations, government health agencies, research institutions, device companies, and other employers.

Graduate Certificate in Biostatistics

The OHSU-PSU School of Public Health’s Biostatistics Graduate Certificate prepares you with the basic and intermediate graduate-level biostatistics skills needed to perform data analysis and interpretation for various research projects. It suits researchers, students in other academic programs, and working professionals who seek to acquire additional skills in applied biostatistics methods to complement their primary field of expertise. Working professionals can complete the Graduate Certificate in Biostatistics part-time while maintaining a full-time work schedule. The program also prepares you for additional biostatistics training in the MS or MPH in Biostatistics programs.

Degree Details


  • M
    Masters
    Delivery Method
    On campus
    Total Credits
    54-60
    Start Term
    Fall
  • GC
    Graduate Certificate
    Delivery Method
    On campus
    Total Credits
    30
    Start Term
    Fall

Learn more about PSU’s academic program delivery methods.

Biostatistics Master's Degree or Graduate Certificate Programs: Why OHSU-PSU?

The OHSU-PSU School of Public Health reflects the spirit of innovation that is at the core of our two universities and the city we call home. Renowned for its collaborative outlook and embrace of new ideas, Portland is a hive of civic engagement, entrepreneurial energy, and creative vitality -- and our two universities, located in the heart of downtown, are an important part of that mix. Both universities are known for pioneering research and the public-spirited pursuit of knowledge. We are proud that the collaborative OHSU-PSU School of Public Health is built on the strengths of both campuses and a product of that innovative energy.

We at the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health are training the next generation of public health leaders while working with communities to find enduring solutions to difficult public health problems. We are committed to social justice, health equity, and global sustainability. And, we are a proving ground for new ideas that offer transformative potential. We invite you to join us in this mission.

What can I do with a Master's degree or graduate certificate in Biostatistics?

Our alumni are prepared for careers in biomedical and public health research, industry, or doctoral programs, with skills directly applicable to practice.

Graduates of the MS in Biostatistics program have been employed by local, state, and federal public health agencies, health and medical centers, pharmaceutical companies, device manufacturers, and research institutions.

Graduates of our Biostatistics MPH program have a high rate of employment with health care systems, nonprofit organizations, government health agencies, research institutions, device companies, and other employers.

The Biostatistics Graduate Certificate prepares you with the basic and intermediate graduate-level biostatistics skills needed to perform data analysis and interpretation for various research projects.

Core Competencies

Students graduating from this track will be able to:

  • Apply appropriate principles of research design and population-based concepts to assess health problems.
  • Apply appropriate descriptive and inferential statistical methods to analyze risk determinants of disease and health conditions.
  • Apply descriptive and inferential statistical methods that are appropriate to the different study designs used in public health research.

 

  • Interpret and summarize results and communicate them to lay and professional audiences, in the contest of proper public health principles and concepts.
  • Evaluate strengths and weaknesses of alternative research designs and analytic methods, and critically review and assess statistical analyses presented in public health literature.
  • Apply basic ethical principles pertaining to the collection, maintenance, use, and dissemination of public health data.
  • Identify cultural dimensions of conducting research, including culturally sensitive recruitment of study participants, and develop strategies for interpretation of data in the larger cultural context.

Accreditation

Portland State University is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

The OHSU-PSU School of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).