M.S. Degree Program
Degree Description and Learner Objectives
The M.S. program trains students in the planning and data analysis of biomedical and public health studies, and is designed to take two years to complete. The degree requirements and electives include biostatistics courses, statistics courses, and epidemiology or other health-related courses. Program graduates successfully compete for positions in research institutions, pharmaceutical companies, government agencies, and universities.
Upon completion of the M.S. in Biostatistics, the student should be prepared to function as a statistician or statistical consultant.. Therefore the student must have an extensive understanding of statistical theory and practice and should be proficient in the application of statistical methods to one or more areas in the health sciences. At the completion of the M.S. degree in Biostatistics the graduate should be able to:
Demonstrate a broad knowledge and understanding of statistical theory and practice as applicable in the health sciences.
Function as a collaborator on a research team.
Take a leadership role in the design and implementation of a health science project.
Assume responsibility for the design and implementation of analyses for health science investigations.
Assist with the design and implementation of data management systems for large health science studies.
Prepare reports and publications resulting from health science studies.
Serve as an advocate for good statistical design in health science investigations.
A bachelor’s degree in mathematical, biological, or physical sciences is required.
The applicant’s training should include three semesters of calculus, a course in linear algebra, and the ability to program in at least one computer language. Applicants will be asked to provide, as part of the application, transcript verification or a brief statement indicating whether and how the calculus and linear algebra prerequisites have been met, either through coursework at the University of Iowa (22M:025, 22M:026, 22M027, and 22M028) or through comparable regularly-scheduled coursework or independent study at other institutions. Persons with deficiencies in any one of the prerequisite areas may apply for admission and make up the appropriate coursework during the first year of graduate study.
|171:178||Biostatistical Computing||3 s.h.|
|171:201||Biostatistical Methods I||4 s.h.|
|171:202||Biostatistical Methods II||4 s.h.|
|171:203||Biostatistical Methods in Categorical Data||3 s.h.|
|171:266||Statistical Methods in Clinical Trials||3 s.h.|
|171:280||Preceptorship in Biostatistics||3 s.h.|
|22S:153 & 154
22S:193 & 194
|Mathematical Statistics I & II
Statistical Inference I & II
|173:140||Epidemiology I: Principles||3 s.h.|
|Biology/Public Health Requirement (one course)||3 s.h.|
In addition, students must select at least 3 additional semester hours from the following list:
|171:173||Design of Sample Surveys||3 s.h.|
|171:174||Introductory Longitudinal Data Analysis||3 s.h.|
|171:185||Microarray Analysis & Statistics in Bioinformatics||3 s.h.|
|171:230||Statistical Data Mining in Public Health||3 s.h.|
|171:282||Biostatistical Consulting||1 s.h.|
|171:242||Applied Survival and Cohort Data Analysis||3 s.h.|
|171:251||Theory of Biostatistics I||4 s.h.|
|171:252||Theory of Biostatistics II||4 s.h.|
|171:261||Survival Data Analysis||3 s.h.|
|171:262||Analysis of Categorical Data||3 s.h.|
|171:264||Longitudinal Data Analysis||3 s.h.|
|22S:138||Bayesian Statistics||3 s.h.|
|22S:161||Applied Multivariate Analysis||4 s.h.|
|22S:248||Computer Intensive Statistics||3 s.h.|
|22S:255||Linear Models||4 s.h.|
The student must complete at least 38 semester hours of coursework. The student may choose to take additional graduate-level courses in consultation with her/his adviser.
The master’s examination is a written in-class exam focusing on the required biostatistics and statistics coursework. This exam is offered twice per year.