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Graduate Committee

Dr. Gleb Haynatzki (Chair & Graduate Program Director), Dr. Jiangtao Luo, Dr. Jane Meza, Dr. Kendra Schmid, Dr. Lynette Smith, Dr. Christopher Wichman, and Dr. Fang Yu

The Ph.D. in Biostatistics is intended to develop the next generation of biomedical informaticians who will advance research and practice in contemporary information and knowledge management using innovative evidence based approaches to improve human health. The program is designed to provide students with the instruction and research experience necessary to become high quality academic faculty members, researchers and leaders in biomedicine and public health throughout Nebraska, the country, and the world. They may also choose careers as scientists in government and private research agencies.

Graduate Committee

Dr. Gleb Haynatzki (Chair & Graduate Program Director), Dr. Jiangtao Luo, Dr. Jane Meza, Dr. Kendra Schmid, Dr. Lynette Smith, Dr. Christopher Wichman, and Dr. Fang Yu

PhD Curriculum

General Requirements

The expected completion time for the Ph.D. in Biostatistics is 4-5 years.  The Ph.D. program requires:

  • successful completion of 60 semester hours of courses beyond the master’s level (including core, required, elective, cognate, and dissertation hours),
  • passing a comprehensive exam at the Ph.D. level based on the core courses,
  • writing a doctoral dissertation, and
  • oral defense of the dissertation

Coursework

Students pursuing the PhD in Biostatistics must complete the required courses listed below. No more than one-third of the credit hours for the Ph.D. may be master’s level or introductory courses (800-level with 600-level or lower counterparts). Examples of master’s level courses that may be taken by Ph.D. students include those in a cognate field, as well as the 800-level courses from the Biostatistics M.P.H. program, the latter being prerequisites for some of the Ph.D.-level courses.

Biostatistics Core (6 courses/18 credits)
BIOS 918BIOSTATISTICAL LINEAR MODELS: THEORY AND APPLICATIONS3
BIOS 924BIOSTATISTICAL THEORY AND MODELS SURVIVAL DATA3
BIOS 925THEORY OF GENERAL LINEAR AND MIXED MODELS IN BIOSTATISTICS3
STAT 980 (ADVANCED PROBABILITY THEORY - This course is offered at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln )3
STAT 982 (STATISTICS THEORY I - This course is offered at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln)3
STAT 983 (STATISTICS THEORY II - This course is offered at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln)3
Health Care Core (2 courses/6 credits)
EPI 820EPIDEMIOLOGY IN PUBLIC HEALTH3
HPRO 830FOUNDATIONS OF PUBLIC HEALTH3
Electives (minimum of 18 credits, selected from the following)
BIOS 818BIOSTATISTICAL METHODS II3
BIOS 823CATEGORICAL DATA ANALYSIS3
BIOS 824SURVIVAL DATA ANALYSIS3
BIOS 825CORRELATED DATA ANALYSIS3
BIOS 835DESIGN OF MEDICAL STUDIES3
BIOS 921ADVANCED PROGRAMMING SAS3
BIOS 935SEMIPARAMETRIC METHODS FOR BIOSTATISTICS3
BIOS 941BIOSTATISTICAL CONSULTANT APPLICATION AND PRACTICE2
EPI 812CHRONIC DISEASE PREVENTION AND CONTROL3
EPI 825INFECTIOUS DISEASE EPIDEMIOLOGY3
EPI 945NANALYTIC EPIDEMIOLOGIC METHODS II4
IPBS 801FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOMOLECULES3
STAT 950 (COMPUTATION STATISTICS I - This course is offered at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln)3
stat 951 (COMPUTATION STATISTICS II - This course is offered at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln)3
STAT 974 (NONLINEAR REGRESSION ANALYSIS - This course is offered at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln)3
Cognate Field Courses (minimum of 6 credits)
The student will work with his/her Supervisory Committee to identify appropriate cognate field courses
Other Requirements
BIOS 999DOCTORAL DISSERTATION (minimum of 12 credits)1-15
Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) / Ethics Training