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PhD in Biostatistics

About the PhD in Biostatistics

The PhD in Biostatistics will train highly functional statistical researchers with the breadth of knowledge to contribute to many applied domains or to specialize in a single theoretical domain.

Students should expect to receive a strong, quantitative foundational core in statistical theory while simultaneously having opportunities to apply these concepts to a wide range of practical applications. An important feature of our program is deliberate exposure to more contemporary quantitative concepts in data science.

The doctoral program in biostatistics will offer interdisciplinary instruction and research opportunities that are designed to provide a solid training in both statistical theory and in applications of biostatistical methods to a variety of relevant contexts that are central to modern interdisciplinary research.

This program will prepare doctoral students for successful careers in academia (both teaching and research), government agencies, private health-related organizations/industries and many other data-driven industries.

Applicants must have a Bachelor's or a Master’s degree from an accredited institution and must satisfy general Drexel University School of Public Health requirements for admission.

Admission to the PhD program in biostatistics is based on a strong academic background in mathematics, statistics, and related sciences, and practical, professional, or research experience. Background in mathematics should include one year of calculus including multivariate calculus, linear algebra, and a calculus-based course in probability or statistics. Additional background in biological, social, or health sciences is desirable.

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95 percent of PhD students receive tuition remission, stipend, and health insurance.

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Mary Genevieve Carty, MHEd
Senior Program Manager
Epidemiology and Biostatistics

David A. Wood, MBA, MS
Director of Recruitment, Enrollment, and Retention