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Master of Science (MS) in Biostatistics

 

Mission  

The mission of the program is to advance the field of biostatistics by training students in basic methods of mathematical and applied statistics, computer technology and special methods for health data analysis.

 

Description

The master of science in biostatistics is offered through the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, in conjunction with faculty in the mathematics department. Coursework includes mathematical statistics and probability theory, applied and theoretical multivariate methods, stochastic processes, basic epidemiology, and demography, enabling the student to assist in the application of statistical theory to applied statistical problems.

 

Program Competencies: 

After completing the MS degree in Biostatistics, the graduate will be able to:

1.  Formulate appropriate linear regression models and conduct simple and multiple linear regression analysis (BIOS 6040, 7060)
2.  Differentiate between various analysis of variance procedures and analyze data using these procedures (BIOS 6040, 7080)
3.  Distinguish between procedures for analyzing discrete data and conduct logistic regression and other categorical procedures (BIOS 6040, 7150)
4.  Design clinical trials and conduct survival analyses (BIOS 7300, 7400)
5.  Exhibit proficiency in programming to manage and analyze datasets using standard statistical software such as SAS, SPSS and STATA ( BIOS 6040, BIOS 7060, BIOS 7150, BIOS 6230, 6240, 6280)
6.  Estimate sample size and power (BIOS 6040, 7080, 7150, 7250)
7.  Define and use the principles of probability and mathematical statistics to guide the selection and application of data analysis methods.  (MATH 6070, MATH 6080)


Graduation Requirements:  

Students must earn a minimum of 42 hours of academic credit, with at least 36 hours of coursework and 6 hours of thesis research.

 

Course Requirements (36 hours)

Biostatistics Core

 

(18 hours)

 

 

BIOS 6040

 

Intermediate Biostatistics

 

3

BIOS 6220

 

Database Management

 

3

BIOS 7060

 

Regression Analysis

 

3

BIOS 7080

 

Design of Experiments

 

3

BIOS 7150

 

Categorical Data Analysis

 

3

BIOS 7300

Statistical Methods for Survival Data Analysis

 

3

 

 

OR

 

 

BIOS 7400

 

Clinical Trials

 

3

Mathematics Core

 

(6 hours)

 

 

MATH 6070

 

Introduction to Probability

 

3

MATH 6080

 

Introduction to Statistical Inference

 

3

Epidemiology Core

 

(3 hours)

 

 

EPID 6030

 

Epidemiologic Methods I

 

3

Elective courses

 

(9 hours)

 

 

BIOS 6230

 

Computer Packages - SAS

 

1

BIOS 6240

 

Computer Package for the Statistical Sciences (SPSS)

 

1

BIOS 6280

 

Introduction to Stata

 

1

BIOS 6300

 

Introduction to ArcGIS

 

1

BIOS 6350

 

Environmental Biostatistics

 

3

BIOS 6800

 

Introduction to Public Health GIS

 

3

BIOS 7220

 

Nonparametric Statistics

 

3

BIOS 7250

 

Principles of Sampling

 

3

*BIOS 8090

 

Advanced Design of Experiments

 

3

*BIOS 8350

 

Analysis of Longitudinal & Clustered Data

 

3

*BIOS 8500

 

Monte Carlo and Bootstrapping Methods

 

3

*BIOS 8800

 

Applied Data Analysis

 

3

*BIOS 8820

 

Multivariate Methods

 

3

BINF 6010

 

Principles of Bioinformatics

 

3

BINF 6100

 

Gene Molecular Biology

 

3

BINF 6200

 

Bioinformatics Computations using R

 

3

BINF 7010

 

Population and Quantitative Genetics

 

3

BINF 7210

 

Statistical Methods in Bioinformatics

 

3

BINF 7300

 

Bioinformatics Approaches to Transcriptomics

 

3

BINF 7500

 

Epigenetics and Epigenomics

 

3

*BINF 8100

 

Statistics in Human Genetics

 

3

EPID 7120

 

Epidemiologic Methods II

 

3

* Master's students can take the 8000 doctoral courses with permission of the instructor.



Thesis

Students must also complete a thesis. The thesis is a supervised work of scholarship in the area of statistical methodology.  The results will be presented orally and in writing. The project will be supervised by a thesis director who is a faculty member of the Biostatistics Department, and approved by at least one other member of the Biostatistics faculty. The masters thesis must be completed within a year of completion of the required courses. Thesis Outline.

 

Model Course Schedule – Fall Entry


 

Semester

 

Course

 

Credits

Fall

 

MATH 6070
BIOS 6040
EPID 6030

 

3
3
3

Spring

 

BIOS 6220
BIOS 7060
BIOS 7080
MATH 6080

 

3
3
3
3

Fall

 

BIOS 7150
BIOS 7300 or 7400
Elective
Thesis

 

3
3
3
3

Spring

 

Elective
Elective
Thesis

Total Coursework Credits
Thesis Credits
Total Credits

 

3
3
3

36
  6
42

 

Model Course Schedule – Spring Entry

Semester

 

Course

 

Credits

Spring

 

BIOS 6040
EPID 6030
BIOS 6220

 

3
3
3

Fall

 

MATH 6070
BIOS 7150
BIOS 7300 or 7400
Elective

 

3
3
3
3

Spring

 

MATH 6080
BIOS 7060
BIOS 7080
Thesis

 

3
3
3
3

Fall

 

Elective
Elective
Thesis

Total Coursework Credits
Thesis Credits
Total Credits

 

3
3
3

36
  6
42

* Bios 6230 is recommended to be taken in the first semester if student does not have prior expertise in SAS. Students can only register for 3 thesis credits per semester.

Contact:  For more information on the MS program in Biostatistics, please contact:

Kathleen Branley, Department Administrator
Phone: (504) 988-2102
Fax: (504) 988-1706
Email: kbranley@tulane.edu

 

 
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Department of Biostatistics, 1440 Canal Street, Suite 2001, New Orleans, LA 70112, 504-988-5164 kbranley@tulane.edu