Doctor of Philosophy

The Doctor of Philosophy is an advanced degree, preparing you for careers such as independent investigators, collaborative biostatisticians, and educators.  A PhD in Biostatistics opens many opportunities for work in academia, government, and private industry.

Learn statistical theory, skills and techniques, and develop theory and applications of biostatistics. You will learn from internationally recognized faculty in UW’s Department of Biostatistics, and complete course work in biostatistics, statistics, and one or more public health or biomedical fields. As a PhD student, you will undertake research that advances the field of biostatistics and write a dissertation presenting your work. Earning a PhD in Biostatistics opens many opportunities for careers in academia, government, non-profit organizations, and private industry.

Pathway Options

The PhD program offers two pathways and both are typically completed in 4 to 5 years.

Standard Pathway

The PhD in Biostatistics Standard Pathway includes coursework in biostatistics, statistics, and one or more public health or biomedical fields. 

Statistical Genetics Pathway

The PhD in Biostatistics Statistical Genetics Pathway provides training in the areas of statistical genetics, population genetics, and computational molecular biology.

Degree Requirements    Courses & Timelines by Pathway