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Program Description

The M.S. in Biostatistics is designed to provide students with instruction and experience in data management and computing, statistical reasoning, scientific logic, data analysis, and data interpretation. These skills are essential to prepare students to work as biostatisticians or health data analysts in public and private research institutes, or the health care industry throughout Nebraska, the country, and the world. Students may also choose careers as scientists / data analysts in non-health care related industries, such as banking and insurance. The program curriculum is consistent with the core competencies of Biostatistics and strongly emphasizes the acquisition of applied skills and the theoretical mathematical foundations of Biostatistics. The primary focus is in the following areas of Biostatistics: study design; survival analysis; generalized linear models; longitudinal analysis; computing; and biostatistical learning (machine learning / AI). 

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterCredit Hours
Biostatsitics Core (8 courses/24 credits)  
 Credit Hours0
Biostatistics Core (8 courses/24 credits)  
BIOS 801 BIOSTATISTICS THEORY I 3
BIOS 802 BIOSTATISTICS THEORY II 3
BIOS 810 INTRODUCTION TO SAS PROGRAMMING 3
BIOS 815 BIOSTATISTICAL COMPUTING 3
BIOS 818 BIOSTATISTICAL LINEAR MODELS: METHODS AND APPLICATION 3
BIOS 823 CATEGORICAL DATA ANALYSIS 3
BIOS 824 SURVIVAL DATA ANALYSIS 3
BIOS 829 INTRODUCTION TO BIOSTATISTICAL MACHINE LEARNING 3
Health Care Core (1 course/3 credits)  
HPRO 830 FOUNDATIONS OF PUBLIC HEALTH 3
Electives (9 credits - at least 6 credits in BIOS) 9
CORRELATED DATA ANALYSIS (Elective)  
DESIGN OF MEDICAL HEALTH STUDIES (Elective)  
EPIDEMIOLOGIC METHODS (Elective)  
ANALYTICAL EPIDEMIOLOGIC METHODS (Elective)  
 Credit Hours36
 Total Credit Hours36