Curriculum (Suggested)

The 15-credit certificate program is comprised of the already-existing “Applied Biostatistics” series of courses (three 3-credit courses and one 1-credit course), the introductory epidemiology course (3 credits), and a capstone (2 credits).

In general, students will take one to two courses per semester, reflective of the fact that most students will be full-time employees or students elsewhere.  The certificate program will generally take an estimated two years to complete. The following courses are required:

  • BIOS 601: Applied Biostatistics (3 credits)
  • BIOS 602: Applied Biostatistics Lab(1 credit)
  • EPID 601. Public Health Epidemiology (3 credits)
  • BIOS 603: Applied Biostatistics II (3 credits)
  • BIOS 604: Applied Biostatistics III (3 credits)
  • BIOS 605: Applied Biostatistics Capstone (2 credits)

In summary, the first semester biostatistics class (BIOS 601) will be a traditional introductory biostatistics course where basic principles of statistical inference and data analysis are introduced, along with a corresponding computing section (BIOS 602) that demonstrates these analytic tools in a practical setting using statistical software.  These techniques include basic two or more group comparisons such as t-tests, chi-square tests, and analysis of variance (ANOVA).  The second semester biostatistics course (BIOS 603) will primarily cover regression principles, including but not limited to linear regression, logistic regression, and survival analysis for independent observations.  The third biostatistics course (BIOS 604) will summarize more sophisticated data analysis techniques where the independence of the data cannot be assumed (e.g., hierarchical linear models).  All of these courses will tie in important epidemiologic concepts, as all of these analytical tools need to account for study design and bias to be used properly (e.g., using logistic regression to account for confounding typically found in observational study designs).  A formal introduction in epidemiology (EPID 601) is thus needed early in the Certificate Program.  The Capstone allows students to utilize the knowledge gained in their coursework to analyze real data of their own in a comprehensive manner.

Typical Certificate Schedule

Year 1 Fall Semester:

  • BIOS 601: Applied Biostatistics I (3 credits)
  • BIOS 602: Applied Biostatistics Lab (1 credit)
  • EPID 601: Public Health Epidemiology (3 credits)*

*Note: This could be taken Fall Semester of Year 2

Year 1 Spring Semester:

BIOS 603: Applied Biostatistics II (3 credits)

Year 2 Fall Semester:

BIOS 604: Applied Biostatistics III (3 credits)

Year 2 Spring Semester:

BIOS 605: Applied Biostatistics Capstone (2 credits)