Department of Preventive Medicine

Division of Biostatistics

M.S. Applied Biostatistics & Epidemiology

The focus of the training program is: applied biostatistics, epidemiological research methods, research applications including cancer, infectious disease, chronic disease, and environmental epidemiology. Epidemiological methods are taught from a practical, "hands-on" perspective.

This degree is structured for students to:

  • Understand and apply statistical methods for the design of biomedical research and analysis of biomedical research data;
  • Gain a thorough understanding of epidemiological and clinical trial study designs and the appropriate analysis of data arising from specific study designs;
  • Use and interpret results from specialized computer software for the management and statistical analysis of research data;
  • Learn to participate on a research team in the research study design, data coordination and management, and statistical analysis and reporting of study results.

Graduates of this program are prepared for careers as project managers or data analysts/programmers in pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries government agencies, research institutions, hospitals, and research settings in healthcare systems. The program prepares students for the Screening Examination requirement for the PhD program in Epidemiology.

This program encourages applicants with undergraduate degrees in allied health, pharmacology, public health, medicine, biological and clinical sciences or other related fields to apply. Undergraduate preparation should have included applied statistics, college algebra, and an introductory course in calculus and basic computer programming.

For further information: USC Catalog (Preventive Medicine)

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