The Master of Science in Biostatistics is a 39-credit hour program that prepares graduates to assist health researchers in making appropriate inferences from their data relative to chance, making valid estimates of population parameters, and designing studies in a valid and feasible manner to maximize information obtained. Graduates of the MS Biostatistics program work in a variety of settings including local, state, and federal agencies such as health departments, academic health sciences centers, pharmaceutical companies, and contract research organizations. The Master of Science in Biostatistics is considered a research degree. Those who intend to use the degree in a research setting such as a university or pharmaceutical company are generally advised to pursue the MS degree. The thesis requirement gives the MS student valuable research and writing experience critical for research.
The Hudson College of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH). The MS in Biostatistics program may be completed by full or part-time students and is offered in Oklahoma City.
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The following are required:
The applicant must be in good standing with the college or university where currently enrolled or last attended.
Bachelor’s or entry-level first professional degree from an accredited institution.
Grade point average of 3.0 or above using the upper-division coursework of the bachelor's degree.
The following prerequisites:
Calculus and Analytic Geometry I - Topics covered include equations of straight lines, conic sections; functions, limits and continuity; differentiation; maximum-mimimum theory and curve sketching.
Calculus and Analytic Geometry II - Integration and its applications; the calculus of transcendental functions; techniques of integration; and the introduction to differential equations.
Calculus and Analytic Geometry III - Polar coordinates, parametric equations, sequences, infinite series, vector analysis.
Calculus and Analytic Geometry IV - Vector calculus; functions of several variables; partial derivatives; gradients, extreme values and differentials of multivariate functions; multiple integrals; line and surface integrals.
test is required. Scores should be sent to SOPHAS by using the code 4244.
Career goal statement uploaded through SOPHAS
Current CV/Resume uploaded through SOPHAS
Three letters of academic or professional recommendation uploaded through SOPHAS
by the recommender. Applicants must list recommenders’ contact information on the application and then upon submission, SOPHAS will send instructions to each recommender on how to submit their letter electronically through the online portal.
International applicants are required to demonstrate English proficiency
by submitting TOEFL
(score of 88 or above) or IELTS
(score of 6.5 or above) that meet the minimum required score
. TOEFL scores must be submitted to SOPHAS using the designation code #5688.
MS in Biostatistics:
- Spring: October 15
- Fall: June 15
CURRENT OU STUDENTS OR ALUMNI APPLICATION PROCESS
Application Instructions for Current OU Students and OU Alumni can be found here.
NON-OU STUDENTS OR ALUMNI APPLICATION PROCESS
STEP 1: SOPHAS APPLICATION
Submit a SOPHAS application (www.sophas.org) and required fee (click here to review information regarding SOPHAS fees and fee waivers). The documentation identified in the ‘Admission Requirements’ section must be submitted in SOPHAS.
STEP 2: SUPPLEMENTAL APPLICATION
Applicants to the OU Hudson College of Public Health are required to submit a supplemental application and fee. The supplemental application is available via the OU Health Sciences Center website at: https://apps.ouhsc.edu/admissions/. Please note that the MS Biostatistics program will be listed under "Graduate College" in the online application (MS & PhD programs are listed under "Graduate College' but are taught by the Hudson College of Public Health). Applicants must select the same program(s) in the supplemental application as they did in the SOPHAS application.
PLEASE NOTE: There is no fee for the supplemental application
|Foundations and Overview of Public Health course
||3 credit hours
|Required BSE Courses
||24 credit hours
|Elective BSE Courses
||12 credit hours
||39 CREDIT HOURS
|REQUIRED BSE COURSES
||Problems in Biostatistics and Epidemiology
||Applications of Microcomputers to Data Analysis
||Principles of Epidemiology
||Biostatistics Methods I
||Principles of Theory of Probability
||Principles of Mathematical Statistics I
||Biostatistics Methods II
||Research for Master's Thesis - 4 credit hours
||Scientific Integrity in Research
|ELECTIVE BSE COURSES
||6 credit hours
|Applied Biostatistics Courses numbered above 5173
||6 credit hours
A minimum of 39 credit hours is required for the MS in Biostatistics degree.
Additional Degree Requirements:
- Computer Proficiency (met with BSE 5013)
- Basic knowledge of the biomedical sciences
- Master’s Thesis: A student writing a thesis should choose a topic and a thesis committee consistent with procedures established by the sponsoring department and the Graduate College. The committee must consist of a major professor and at least two other graduate faculty members as approved by the Graduate Dean. The minimum requirements for the master’s thesis committee composition are: 1. Major Professor: Biostatistics faculty member 2. Discipline-specific member: Biostatistics faculty member 3. Member from other BSE Discipline: Epidemiology faculty member Note that a fourth member from outside the Department may be included but is not required.
- Comprehensive Examination
CLICK HERE FOR A PDF PRINTABLE VERSION OF THE CURRICULUM.
This degree program is subject to the policies and procedures printed in Hudson College of Public Health Bulletin.
The MS in Biostatistics program is considered a STEM-designated degree program.
A STEM-designated program is an academic program that falls under at least one of the approved categories from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). These categories are recognized by the government for their focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) topics. DHS's updated STEM-designated degree list can be found here: https://www.ice.gov/doclib/sevis/pdf/stemList2022.pdf.