**Course Requirements**

- BIOST 514: Biostatistics I
- BIOST 515: Biostatistics II
- BIOST 533: Theory of Linear Models
- STAT 512; 513: Statistical Inference

A placement exam may be taken to waive Stat 512-513. - BIOST 580: Seminar (9 quarters). Note: BIOST 582 meets this requirement as well (especially recommended for students in their first year).
- BIOST 570; 571; 572: Advanced Regression Methods

572 required as of Autumn 2010. - STAT 581; 582; 583: Advanced Theory of Statistical Inference
- BIOST 590: Consulting
- 36 credits of BIOST 800 (dissertation).
- Elective credits: six credits from Elective List One and nine credits from Elective List Two.
- Minimum 3.0 grade in each
*required*course and 2.7 minimum in each elective course.

**Important:** Biostatistics Ph.D. graduate students are expected to take BIOST 570, 571 and 572 in the second year.

**Additional Requirements**

- MS Statistical Theory Examination: If a Ph.D. student enrolls in STAT 512 and STAT 513, he or she must take the MS theory examination the following summer for advisory purposes.
- PhD Statistical Theory Examination: Ph.D. students must take and pass the Ph.D. statistical theory examination within two years following first time completion of STAT 581, STAT 582, STAT 583.
- PhD Applied Statistics Examination: Ph.D. students must take and pass the Ph.D. applied examination within two years following first time completion of BIOST 570.
- Teaching Assistant: PhD students must serve as a TA for at least one quarter.
- Dissertation
- General Exam
- Final Exam

** Department Expectations**

Expectations for ALL Students

All students in the Department of Biostatistics are expected to participate in the annual Department Retreat, usually held in mid-September.

Student Progress Expectations for PhD Students

YEAR 1:

Get a minimum grade of 3.0 in BIOST 514/515, 533, and STAT 512/513

Take at least one List 1 or List 2 Elective Spring Quarter with a minimum grade of 2.7

Take MS Theory Exam

Take BIOST 563 Summer Quarter

YEAR 2:

Get a Minimum grade of 3.0 in STAT 580’s and BIOST 570’s (BIOST 570 only for Stat Gen)

Take and Pass PhD Qualifying Exams

YEAR 3:

Identify Dissertation Advisor Autumn Quarter

Start Dissertation Credits (BIOST 800) no later than Winter Quarter

Form Dissertation (Supervisory) Committee no later than Spring Quarter

Complete TA, Consulting class, and many of the List 1 and List 2 Electives

YEAR 4:

Complete all PhD Graduate Program Requirements

Take and Pass General Exam

YEAR 5:

Take and Pass Final Exam and Complete Dissertation

**Department Policy on Waiving Course Requirements**

In order to facilitate more rapid progress through the programs of study administered by the Department of Biostatistics, the departmental faculty will consider petitions for waiving required coursework as described by the policy guidelines given below.

The overarching principles of this policy are:

- That the students, through prior comparable coursework at other institutions, have acquired mastery of the overwhelming majority of material taught in the course to be waived,
- That the students will pursue more advanced coursework in the general area of the course being waived,
- That by waiving the coursework, the students will be able to make more rapid progress toward completion of the degree, and
- That any decision to grant the petition for a waiver will be formally documented by the students’ academic advisors, a committee administering a placement exam and/or the current instructors for the course, and the graduate program office for the department. Such documentation must be completed prior to the quarter that the student would normally take the waived course.
- In general, no students will be allowed a waiver of the requirements to take the advanced core courses in the PhD pathway. Hence: all PhD students are required to take STAT 581-582-583 and BIOST 570. Students in the Standard Pathway are required to take BIOST 571-572. Students in the Statistical Genetics Pathway are required to take BIOST 550-551-552.
- In general, no students will be allowed a waiver of the requirements for biostatistical consulting (BIOST 590).
- In general, no students will be allowed a waiver of the requirements for 9 credits in departmental seminars (BIOST 580 or BIOST 581, depending on pathway).
- In general, no students will be allowed a waiver of the requirement for electives with a methodologic emphasis (Elective List One).
- In general, no students will be allowed a waiver of the requirement for electives with a biology or public health emphasis (Elective List Two), except as noted for the Statistical Genetics Pathway, where some prerequisite courses and required courses in genetics and genome sciences can be used to satisfy these requirements.
- A student who enters the program with a prior master’s degree in statistics or biostatistics can petition to have selected first year required core coursework waived.

a. The conditions under which each specific course might be waived will need to be approved by: 1) the student’s academic advisor, 2) a committee administering a placement exam and/or the current instructor of the course to be waived, and 3) the graduate program office. b. Typical conditions under which each specific course might be waived are provided below.*Only in the most extraordinary circumstances can the above general policy be waived for an individual student, and then only if agreed by the faculty as a whole.***Conditions for Waiving Specific Courses** - BIOST 514/515 - Students entering the PhD program may petition for the requirements for BIOST 514/515 to be waived if all of the following are agreed to by the academic advisor, the current instructor of BIOST 514, and the departmental graduate program office:

1) The student has a master’s degree in biostatistics or statistics or the equivalent from another institution

2) The student’s curriculum at that other institution included comparable coursework that covered the overwhelming majority of the material taught in BIOST 514/515

3) The student will instead take BIOST 536/537 or similar courses with an applied emphasis (any of these courses may count as List 1 electives with a methodologic emphasis). - STAT 512/513 - Students entering the PhD program may petition for the requirements for STAT 512/513 to be waived if all of the following are agreed to by the academic advisor, a committee administering a placement exam, and the departmental graduate program office:

1) The student has a master’s degree in biostatistics or statistics or the equivalent from another institution

2) The student’s curriculum at that other institution included comparable coursework that covered the overwhelming majority of the material taught in STAT 512/513 and at the level of rigor it is taught at the University of Washington

3) The student has passed the MS theory placement exam at the PhD level

4) The student has the necessary mathematical and statistical knowledge to proceed directly to take STAT 581/582/583 instead. - BIOST 533 - Students entering the PhD program may petition for the requirements for BIOST 533 to be waived if all of the following are agreed to by the academic advisor, the most recent instructor of BIOST 533, and the departmental graduate program office:

1) The student has a master’s degree in biostatistics or statistics or the equivalent from another institution

2) The student’s curriculum at that other institution included comparable coursework that covered the overwhelming majority of the material taught in STAT 533 and at the level of rigor it is taught at the University of Washington

3) The student has the necessary mathematical and statistical knowledge to proceed directly to instead take BIOST 570 during his/her first year in the program (this will generally mean that the student has also waived STAT 512/513 and BIOST 514/515).

**General Policy**