The Doctor of Philosophy in Biostatistics is a 90-credit hour program that prepares graduates to study advanced statistical methodologies and apply them to better understand health trends among populations. Biostatisticians interpret results of statistical analyses from public health studies and translate the information into easily understandable facts for scientific and non-scientific audiences. Graduates of the PhD 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 Doctor of Philosophy in Biostatistics provides advanced biostatistical skills focused on research. At the conclusion of required coursework, the PhD candidate defends a dissertation which adds to the body of knowledge in the field.
The Hudson College of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH). The PhD 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.
Master’s degree (MPH or MS) in Biostatistics or a related field from an accredited institution. Up to 40 credit hours from the Master’s program may be counted toward the PhD with approval.
Graduate grade point average of 3.5 or above.
The following prerequisites:
Calculus and Analytic Geometry I: Topics covered include equations of straight lines, conic sections; functions, limits and continuity; differentiation; maximum-minimum 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.
: SOPHAS requires a separate official transcript from every U.S. and Canadian institution attended. Applicants must arrange for official transcripts from all prior undergraduate, graduate, and professional study institutions to be sent to SOPHAS. Instructions for sending your transcripts to SOPHAS can be found here
. You will need to have a copy of your transcripts in hand so that you will be able to complete the coursework section of the application. Do not enter foreign courses taken at Universities outside the U.S. or Canada into the coursework section of the application.
: Submit transcripts/mark sheets to the World Education Services (www.wes.org
) for a course-by-course evaluation. Applicants must designate SOPHAS to receive the evaluation.
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.
Interview with Admissions Committee (in-person or via web-conferencing).
PhD 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/. Applicants must select the same program(s) in the supplemental application as they did in the SOPHAS application.
PLEASE NOTE: Fee waivers are not available for the supplemental application.
Fee structure for the supplemental application is as follows:
$100 for one or two professional programs (Certificate / MPH / MHA programs). One professional program = $100. Two professional programs = $100.
$75 for one or two graduate program(s) (MS / PhD programs).
$175 for one professional program AND one graduate program (i.e. applicant applies to both the MPH in Biostatistics and the MS in Biostatistics).
|SUMMARY OF REQUIRED HOURS
||30 credit hours minimum
||20-25 credit hours
|TOTAL REQUIRED HOURS
||90 credit hours (includes maximum of 40 credit hours from Master's degree)
Prerequisites: Students applying to the PhD in Biostatistics must have completed a Master’s degree program (MPH or MS) in Biostatistics or a related field. Up to 40 credit hours from the Master’s program may be counted toward the PhD with approval.
Depending on student’s background, the student may also be required to enroll in additional elective courses that cover topics students ordinarily complete in their MS or MPH curricula that are prerequisites for doctoral level courses. These may be completed after enrolling in the PhD program, and include the following courses:
BSE Required Courses (19 credit hours)
- BSE 5001 Problems in Biostatistics and Epidemiology
- BSE 5013 Applications of Microcomputers to Data Analysis
- BSE 5113 Principles of Epidemiology
- BSE 5163 Biostatistics Methods I
- BSE 5173 Biostatistics Methods II
- BSE 5193 Intermediate Epidemiologic Methods
- BSE 5663 Analysis of Frequency Data
Any MS or PhD student who has not previously completed the core MPH courses or earned an MPH degree will be required to complete an overview course in public health. At the first opportunity students should enroll in:
- BSE 5033 Foundations and Overview of Public Health (3 credit hours)
The student must earn at least 30 credit hours in coursework at the University of Oklahoma after admission to the PhD program. The student is required to take the following courses as either a PhD student or in completing the MS or MPH degree:
|Graduate College: Responsible Conduct of Research Training
BSE 5111 Scientific Integrity in Research
|1 credit hour
|NOTE: Further training in Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) is required after four years, so students in their 5th year are required to enroll in the Advanced RCR course:
BMSC 6011 Integrity in Scientific Research II
|General/Epiemiology Courses (5 credit hours)
|Theory Courses (6 credit hours)
During first year of doctoral coursework:
||Principles of the Theory of Probability
||Principles of Mathematical Statistics I
|Theory Courses (6 credit hours)
Following the first year of doctoral coursework:
||Principles of Mathematical Statistics II
|Applied Biostatistics (12 credit hours)
||Longitudinal Data Analysis
||Survival Data Analysis
Elective Courses: at least 6 credit hours total
The student must complete at least six additional credit hours of elective coursework in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology. This coursework must be approved in advance by the student’s advisory committee. The following courses do not satisfy this requirement: BSE 5980, 6950, or 6980.
Dissertation: 20 – 25 credit hours total
The student must enroll for at least 20 credit hours in Research for Doctoral Dissertation (BSE 6980). No more than 25 credit hours in BSE 6980 may be applied toward the minimum 90 credit hours required for the degree.
- Students are required, prior to initiation of doctoral research, to complete training in Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) and Protection of Human Research Subjects. The training includes completion of the CITI course for Human Subjects Research (Social-Behavioral-Educational Basic module) and successful completion of a one credit course in RCR approved by the Department.
- Students are required to attend all departmental and Hudson College of Public Health seminars during the spring and fall semesters.
- Students are required to enroll in a minimum of six credit hours during the spring and fall semesters.
- Students are required to achieve a working knowledge of methods, programming, and applications of computers as used in Biostatistics and Epidemiology. This knowledge may be acquired by formal class work or by experience acquired either before entering or during the course of the program. Completing BSE 5013 with a passing grade constitutes the minimum level of knowledge associated with this requirement.
- Students are required to achieve a basic knowledge of the biomedical sciences as they relate to human health and disease. This requirement may be satisfied in one or more areas. Any coursework needed to satisfy this requirement may be taken at this or another institution, either before or after entering the program. One example of an applicable course is Principles of Pathobiology (PATH 6024).
- Tools of research that increase research proficiency are required. Research tools include competence in the use of computerized databases, and in the oral and written presentation of research data. The faculty will validate students’ acquiring of tools of research as they assess students’ performance on (1) the written qualifying examination, (2) the general and oral examinations, and (3) the dissertation.
- Students must pass a written qualifying examination at the end of the first year of doctoral coursework, which must include BSE 5703 and BSE 5733. The qualifying examination will consist of two parts, each roughly four hours long. One part will focus on knowledge of statistical theory and mathematical statistics, and the other will assess ability to process, analyze, and interpret data collected to answer a research question.
- Students must pass a General Written and Oral Examination.
- Students must complete the defense of the dissertation within five years of the end of the semester within which the General Written and Oral Examination was successfully completed. If the time expires before the dissertation is completed, the coursework must be revalidated by retaking and passing the General Written and Oral Examination.
DOCTORAL STUDENT TEACHING REQUIREMENTS
Students are required to participate in at least 40 hours of agreed teaching activities.
Teaching experiences must be obtained in teaching epidemiology or biostatistics. The exact experiences and potential opportunities for teaching experiences should be discussed by the student and their advisor and/or advisory committee. Under the guidance of the course instructor or the faculty mentor, teaching experiences may include:
- Teaching graduate level courses in epidemiology or biostatistics.
- Developing course material.
- Delivering lectures.
- Leading review and discussion sections.
- Writing and grading homework assignments.
- Writing and grading exams.
Participation in teaching activities will be documented on the Annual Graduate Student Progress Report. Students are required to identify available teaching opportunities and to contact the instructor of record to arrange for their participation in the teaching activity. The total 40 hours of teaching activities may include participation in the activities listed above as well as preparation for these activities.
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This degree program is subject to the policies and procedures printed in Hudson College of Public Health Bulletin.
The PhD 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.