The Doctor of Philosophy program in biostatistics requires a minimum of 79 s.h. of graduate credit, including credit from a master's degree.
All Ph.D. students must successfully complete a comprehensive examination and a dissertation. The research topic and content, which vary depending on the program of study, must be approved by a student's dissertation committee. Other degree requirements include approved electives chosen from Department of Biostatistics and other University of Iowa courses.
Graduate students in biostatistics must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 3.00. Those who receive a grade of C on 7 s.h. of course work may be dismissed from the program.
The Doctor of Philosophy in biostatistics requires the following work.
Master of Science Background
Ph.D. students must take the following courses required for the Master of Science in biostatistics. Students who have completed equivalent course work at other institutions may request waivers and/or transfers of credit. Students who earned a Master of Science in biostatistics at the University of Iowa automatically receive credit for these courses.
|One of these sequences:|
|STAT:4100-STAT:4101||Mathematical Statistics I-II||6|
|STAT:5100-STAT:5101||Statistical Inference I-II||6|
|All of these:|
|BIOS:5510||Biostatistical Computing (taken twice for 2 s.h. each; topics should be programming with R and programming with SAS)||4|
|BIOS:5710 & BIOS:5720||Biostatistical Methods I-II||8|
|BIOS:5730||Biostatistical Methods in Categorical Data||3|
|BIOS:6610||Statistical Methods in Clinical Trials||3|
|BIOS:7500||Preceptorship in Biostatistics||3|
|EPID:4400||Epidemiology I: Principles||3|
|Public Health Requirement|
|CPH:6100||Essentials of Public Health||2|
|Responsible Conduct of Research Training|
|BIOS:7270||Scholarly Integrity in Biostatistics||1|
|BIOS:7110||Theory of Biostatistics I||4|
|BIOS:7120||Theory of Biostatistics II||4|
|BIOS:7210||Survival Data Analysis||3|
|BIOS:7310||Longitudinal Data Analysis||3|
|BIOS:7410||Analysis of Categorical Data||3|
With approval of their advisor, students choose 12-19 s.h. of graduate-level courses in biostatistics, statistics, genetics, microbiology, among others. They may count a maximum of 5 s.h. earned in nonquantitative courses (e.g., community and behavioral health, epidemiology, microbiology) toward the requirement. They also may count courses required for the Master of Science that are not listed under "Master of Science Background," above, toward the requirement.
Students may take the following courses.
|BIOS:6210||Applied Survival Analysis||3|
|BIOS:6220||Cohort Data Analysis||1|
|BIOS:6650||Comparative Effectiveness Research Methods for Observational Data||3|
|BIOS:6810||Bayesian Methods and Design||3|
|BIOS:7500||Preceptorship in Biostatistics (in addition to the Master of Science preceptorship)||3|
|BIOS:7600||Advanced Biostatistics Seminar||1-3|
|STAT:6300||Probability and Stochastic Processes I||3|
|STAT:6540||Applied Multivariate Analysis||3|
|STAT:6560||Applied Time Series Analysis||3|
|STAT:7100||Advanced Inference I||3|
|STAT:7101||Advanced Inference II||3|
|STAT:7400||Computer Intensive Statistics||3|
|BIOS:7900||Thesis/Dissertation (at least two semesters in residence)||6-13|
Applicants to the Ph.D. program in biostatistics must apply through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS); they also must apply for admission to the Graduate College through the University of Iowa Office of Admissions. For detailed application information, visit Prospective Students/How to Apply on the Department of Biostatistics website.
The biostatistics faculty considers several factors when evaluating applications for admission, including Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test scores, grade-point averages, letters of recommendation, intent and motivation for graduate study, and research interests.
All Ph.D. program applicants must hold a bachelor's degree, have a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 3.00, and have taken the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test. Applicants whose first language is not English and who do not hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada (except Quebec), Australia, or New Zealand must score at least 100 (Internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Applicants with lower scores are not considered for admission. In place of TOEFL scores, the department accepts International English Testing System (IELTS) scores of 7.0 or higher, with no subscore below 6.0.
All biostatistics applicants are required to have strong written and oral communication skills.
Completion of an M.S. program in statistics or biostatistics generally is required for admission to the Ph.D. program.
Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate College; see the Manual of Rules and Regulations of the Graduate College.
Students may enter the Ph.D. program in the fall; the priority application deadline for both programs is December 1.
A limited number of teaching and research assistantships are available. Assistantships offer financial support and tuition assessed at the resident tuition rate along with a tuition scholarship. They also provide valuable on-the-job training experience.
For information on financing education through jobs, grants, and loans, contact the University's Office of Student Financial Aid.