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1 Why Biostatistics? Wall Street Journal – the best jobs STJOBS0104_ html STJOBS0104_ html

2 Programs at a glance The Graduate Certificate in Biostatistics Program provides basic and intermediate graduate level applied biostatistics training. The upcoming MS and MBStat programs will provide graduate level training in both application and theory of biostatistics.

3 Why pursue a Graduate Certificate in Biostatistics at OHSU? Broaden knowledge base in biostatistics analysis methods. Be able to plan and properly analyze biomedical & health datasets. Enhance understanding of biostatistics methods. Establish scientific hypotheses and study designs that are biostatistically sound Develop the ability to contextualize and communicate research findings To become more effective members of multidisciplinary research teams. 3

4 Potential candidates for the Biostatistics Certificate Program Researchers in various biomedical and health related fields –Researchers at all levels –Data managers, Database programmers, Informaticists –Project Directors, Study Coordinators, Program Coordinators Students enrolled in other graduate degree programs –Certificate in Biostatistics can be pursued concurrently with other degrees Clinicians/scientists launching research careers –K-awardees –Junior investigators Health professionals who are involved (or wish to be involved) with quantitative analysis (state, county, etc.). The program can be completed in 1-year as a full time student, or 2~3 years part time. 4

5 Competencies when Completing Certificate Perform a broad range of basic and intermediate statistical procedures Interpret and summarize analysis results to answer questions posited in the biomedical and health sciences. Communicate analysis results to collaborators in oral and written form. Apply the principles of research design to address problems in biomedical and health sciences. Identify strengths and weaknesses of different study designs and analytic methods. Conduct analyses for your own research, or provide support to multidisciplinary research teams. 5

6 Curriculum Curriculum is focused on biostatistics applications in the biomedical and health sciences. –Designing appropriate analytic plans –Conducting analyses –Interpreting and synthesizing results –Statistical theory introduced via relevant motivating examples Students will have ample opportunity to learn multiple statistical packages –Stata –SAS –R –Others Hands-on experience working with real datasets Students can have opportunity to collaborate with biostatistics faculty and researchers on current projects. 6

7 Coursework 30 credits total Most courses are on campus –Some may have an online component Courses usually held in morning or late afternoon or evening 5 required courses (18 credits): –Estimation and Hypothesis Testing for Applied Biostatistics (4 credits) –Linear Models (4 credits) –Categorical Data Analysis (4 credits) –Survival Analysis (3 credits) –Biostatistics Lab (3 credits) 7

8 Courses - continued 12 elective credits taken from the following: –Data Management & Analysis in SAS (3 credits) –Spatial Data Analysis with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (3 credits) –Statistical Methods in Clinical Trials (3 credits) –Topics in Biostatistics (3 credits) This course will teach more advanced or specialized statistical methods, for example, longitudinal data analysis and models for classification and prediction. –Design and Analysis of Surveys (3 credits) –Epidemiology I (4 credits) –Epidemiology II (4 credits) –Bioinformatics & Computational Biology I (4 credits) –Bioinformatics & Computational Biology II (4 credits) –Reading and Research in Biostatistics (1 – 3 credits) –Lean Six Sigma 1 and 2 8

9 Application Procedures for Graduate Certificate Candidates require a bachelor’s degree and one undergraduate course in statistics Application is required for all candidates –Application form –Letter of recommendation (at least 1) –College transcript(s) –Personal statement –Application fee Application materials are found at: – Applications currently being accepted for Fall 2011 admission –Accepting applications through May 15 th or until program capacity is reached 9

10 Tuition For 2011 – 2012 academic year: –$371 per credit for in-state students –$477 per credit for out-of-state students Additional OHSU fees (based on info) –A Health Service Fee of $257 is charged each term. –Quarterly charges for Dental Insurance ($108.24) and Major Medical ($ ) can be waived with proof of insurance to Student Health at least a month prior to matriculation. –A quarterly “incidental” fee of $299 is charged for all full time students (9 or more credits per term). –For more information: services/registrar/registration-information/tuition-fees.cfmhttp://www.ohsu.edu/xd/education/student- services/registrar/registration-information/tuition-fees.cfm –Fees may change slightly in upcoming academic year. At this point, OHSU employee tuition benefit is not available. 10

11 Non-matriculated Students Some individual courses may be open to non- matriculated students as space allows. Appropriate pre-requisites must be met. Program office and instructor approval required prior to enrollment to request 11

12 Career options/direction post-graduation Become a biostatistics-savvy researcher or health professional. Research support positions, e.g. biostatistician, data analyst Transition from data coordinator or database programmer to more analysis-oriented positions. Further training in Biostatistics –OHSU MS and MBStat – Biostatistics (Approved by OUS Provosts’ Council, and approval pending by OUS board for ) –Portland State University MS - Statistics PhD – Applied Mathematics w/ concentration in Biostatistics –Oregon State University MS – Statistics PhD – Statistics

13 The upcoming Master programs Two tracks –Master of Science in Biostatistics requires MS thesis (3 credits) –Master in Biostatistics requires passing comprehensive test and taking an additional elective (3 credits) in lieu of thesis. Both programs can be taken on a part-time or full-time basis. Similar to the graduate certificate program, the programs will include formal didactic sessions and hands-on statistical computing training.

14 Competencies when completing the program Apply intermediate to advanced biostatistical theory and techniques to design, plan, and manage data collection to conduct analysis for own research projects or support collaborative research teams. Translate broad research goals into specifications and procedures for statistical analysis and interpretation of results in basic, clinical, translational and public health research studies. Select and use appropriate statistical analysis software for assessment, decision-making and information-sharing (e.g., Stata, SAS, R or other special programs). Communicate statistical methods and findings clearly and unambiguously to specialists and non-specialist audiences. For MS in biostatistics, gain basic skills of doing statistics methodology research.

15 Coursework for Master degrees 48 credits total 6 required courses (30 credits): –Estimation and Hypothesis Testing for Applied Biostatistics (4 credits) –Linear Models (4 credits) –Categorical Data Analysis (4 credits) –Mathematical Statistics 1, 2 (3 credits each) –Survival Analysis (3 credits) –Statistical Methods in Clinical Trials (3 credits) –Biostatistics Lab (3 credits) –Thesis or a required elective (3 credit) There are a variety of courses for selective credits, including a few more to be developed. 15

16 Which one suits for me? Either program is appropriate for those: –Wishing to pursue a career as an intermediate level biostatistician. –Applying for doctoral programs in Biostatistics. –Graduate Certificate students pursuing further training. Degree vs. Certificate –A degree is more widely recognized and has a better job opportunity nationwide. –Master programs will provide more balanced trainings in applications and theory. –Certificate program focuses on applied biostatistics. –Master programs is calculus-based and certificate program is not. –May start with certificate and transfer to a Master program.

17 Other questions Any questions? More information is available from Brochure Website:


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