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Why Biostatistics?


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Programs at a glance


The
Graduate Certificate in Biostatistics
Program

provides basic and intermediate
graduate level applied biostatistics training.



The upcoming
MS and
MBStat

programs

will
provide graduate level training in both
application and theory of biostatistics.


Why pursue a Graduate Certificate

in Biostatistics at OHSU?


Broaden knowledge base in biostatistics analysis
methods.


Be able to plan and properly analyze biomedical & health
datasets.


Enhance understanding of biostatistics methods.


Establish scientific hypotheses and study designs
that
are
bio
statistically

sound


Develop the ability to co
ntextualize and communicate
research findings


To become more effective members of multidisciplinary
research teams.





3

Potential candidates for the Biostatistics

Certificate Program


Researchers in various biomedical and health related fields


Researchers at all levels


Data managers, Database programmers,
Informaticists


Project Directors, Study Coordinators, Program Coordinators



Students enrolled in other graduate degree programs


Certificate in Biostatistics can be pursued concurrently with other degrees



Clinicians/scientists launching research careers


K
-
awardees


Junior investigators



Health professionals who are involved (or wish to be involved) with
quantitative analysis (state, county, etc.).



The program can be completed in 1
-
year as a full time student, or
2~3 years part time.


4

Competencies when Completing Certificate


Perform a broad range of
basic and intermediate


statistical
procedures


Interpret and summarize analysis results to answer questions
posited in the biomedical and health sciences.


Communicate analysis results to collaborators in oral and written
form.


Apply the principles of research design to address problems in
biomedical and health sciences.


Identify strengths and weaknesses of different study designs and
analytic methods.


Conduct analyses for your own research, or provide support to
multidisciplinary research teams.


5

Curriculum


Curriculum is focused on biostatistics applications in the biomedical
and health sciences.


Designing appropriate analytic plans


Conducting analyses


Interpreting and synthesizing
results


Statistical theory introduced via relevant motivating examples



Students will have ample opportunity to learn multiple statistical
packages


Stata


SAS


R


Others



Hands
-
on experience working with real datasets


Students can have opportunity to collaborate with biostatistics
faculty and researchers on current projects.



6

Coursework


30 credits total


Most courses are on campus


Some may have an online component


Courses usually held in morning or late afternoon or
evening


5 required courses (18 credits):


Estimation and Hypothesis Testing for Applied Biostatistics (4
credits)


Linear Models (4 credits)


Categorical Data Analysis (4 credits)


Survival Analysis (3 credits)


Biostatistics Lab (3 credits)

7

Courses
-

continued


12
elective credits
taken
from the following:


Data Management & Analysis in SAS (3 credits)


Spatial Data Analysis with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (3
credits)


Statistical Methods in Clinical Trials (3 credits)


Topics in Biostatistics (3 credits
)


This course will teach more advanced or specialized statistical methods, for
example, longitudinal data analysis and models for classification and prediction.


Design
and Analysis of Surveys (3 credits)


Epidemiology I (4 credits)


Epidemiology II (4 credits)


Bioinformatics & Computational Biology I

(
4 credits)


Bioinformatics & Computational Biology II

(
4 credits)


Reading and Research in Biostatistics

(
1


3 credits
)


Lean Six Sigma 1 and 2

8

Application Procedures for Graduate Certificate


Candidates require a bachelor’s degree and one undergraduate
course in statistics


Application is required for all candidates


Application form


Letter of recommendation (at least 1)


College transcript(s)


Personal statement


Application fee


Application materials are found at:



www.ohsu.edu/academic/public
-
health/biostatistics


Applications currently being accepted for Fall 2011 admission


Accepting applications through May 15
th

or until program capacity is
reached



9

Tuition


For 2011


2012 academic year:


$371 per credit for in
-
state students


$477 per credit for out
-
of
-
state students



Additional OHSU fees
(based on 2010
-
2011 info)


A Health Service Fee of $257 is charged each term.


Quarterly charges for Dental Insurance ($108.24) and Major Medical ($1079.72)
can be waived with proof of insurance to Student Health at least a month prior to
matriculation.


A quarterly “incidental” fee of $299 is charged for all full time students (9 or more
credits per term).


For more information:
http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/education/student
-
services/registrar/registration
-
information/tuition
-
fees.cfm


Fees may change slightly in upcoming academic year.



At this point, OHSU employee tuition
benefit is not available.

10

Non
-
matriculated Students


Some individual courses may be open to non
-
matriculated students as space allows.


Appropriate pre
-
requisites must be met.


Program office and instructor approval required prior to
enrollment


Email
biostatprogram@ohsu.edu

to request
permission.


11

Career options/direction post
-
graduation



Become a biostatistics
-
savvy researcher or health professional.


Research support positions, e.g. biostatistician, data analyst


Transition from data coordinator or database programmer to more
analysis
-
oriented positions.



Further training in Biostatistics


OHSU


MS and
MBStat



Biostatistics (Approved by OUS Provosts’ Council, and
approval pending by OUS board for 2011
-
2012)


Portland State University


MS
-

Statistics


PhD


Applied Mathematics w/ concentration in Biostatistics


Oregon State University


MS


Statistics


PhD


Statistics


The upcoming Master programs


Two tracks


Master of Science in Biostatistics
requires MS thesis (3 credits)


Master in Biostatistics
requires passing comprehensive test and
taking an additional elective (3 credits) in lieu of thesis.



Both programs can be taken on a part
-
time or full
-
time basis.


Similar to the graduate certificate program, the programs will
include formal didactic sessions and hands
-
on statistical
computing training.

Competencies when completing the program


Apply intermediate to advanced
biostatistical

theory and techniques
to design, plan, and manage data collection to conduct analysis for
own research projects or support collaborative research teams.


Translate broad research goals into specifications and procedures
for statistical analysis and interpretation of results in basic, clinical,
translational and public health research studies.


Select and use appropriate statistical analysis software for
assessment, decision
-
making and information
-
sharing (e.g.,
Stata
,
SAS, R or other special programs).


Communicate statistical methods and findings clearly and
unambiguously to specialists and non
-
specialist audiences.


For MS in biostatistics, gain basic skills of doing statistics
methodology research.


Coursework for Master degrees


48 credits total


6 required courses (30 credits):


Estimation and Hypothesis Testing for Applied Biostatistics (4 credits)


Linear Models (4 credits)


Categorical Data Analysis (4 credits)


Mathematical Statistics 1, 2 (3 credits each)


Survival Analysis (3 credits)


Statistical Methods in Clinical Trials (3 credits)


Biostatistics Lab (3 credits)


Thesis or a required elective (3 credit)



There are a variety of courses for selective credits, including
a few more to be developed.


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Which one suits for me?


Either program is appropriate for those:


Wishing to pursue a career as an intermediate level biostatistician.


Applying for doctoral programs in Biostatistics.


Graduate Certificate students pursuing further training.




Degree vs. Certificate


A degree is more widely recognized and has a better job
opportunity nationwide.


Master programs will provide more balanced trainings in
applications and theory.


Certificate program focuses on applied biostatistics.


Master programs is calculus
-
based and certificate program is not.


May start with certificate and transfer to a Master program.


Other questions


Any questions?


More information is available from


Brochure


Website:

www.ohsu.edu/academic/public
-
health/biostatistics



Email:
biostatprogram@ohsu.edu