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.
Course 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.
Earn your degree from the top-ranked public biostatistics program
At UW, you will enter a strong community of cohorts. Capstone students move through classes together which builds friendships and provides a dynamic, interactive learning environment. Plus capstone students interact with MS Thesis and PhD students in both formal and informal settings.
“Biostatistics students may get involved in a breadth of research areas. Our faculty collaborators which include those at UW, as well as Fred Hutch, Seattle Children's, and other organizations, are working on amazing projects and are willing to involve us in their areas of expertise, so I feel like I have opportunities to work on practically any topic.” "
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