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Biostatistics

Biostatistics advances the health sciences by using mathematics and broader scientific insights to develop methodology for study design and data analysis.

  • Biostatistics is an excellent field for those who enjoy math but want to solve real world problems like disease outbreaks, environmental and industrial hazards and health needs of populations.
  • Our program excels at training students for employment in academia, government and industry.
  • Our faculty is known internationally for research in Bayesian methods, causal inference, functional data analysis, longitudinal analysis, survival analysis, and applications to AIDS, cancer, genetics, and mental health. 
  • Currently offering MS, PhD, MPH and DrPH graduate degrees.  

 

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Degrees in Biostatistics

Degree Program Summary
MPH At-a-Glance

MPH in Biostatistics

The MPH in Biostatistics offers exceptional opportunities to contribute to transforming public health by solving real-world problems. The program includes course work focused on biostatistical methods and programming and data management in the context of public health, as well as a core of courses spanning multiple disciplines of public health.

Total Required Units (based on quarter system):
62 quarter-credit units

Additional Degree Requirements:

  • Passing grade on the written comprehensive examination
  • Field Training (Biostatistics 402B, Biostatistics Consulting, will satisfy this requirement)

Typical time to complete degree:
2 years (6 academic quarters), but can be completed in less time by well-prepared students.

Program start date:
Fall Academic Quarter

Minimum Admission Requirements (in addition to the University's minimum requirements)*:

  • Mathematics preparation for the program should include at least one year of calculus

How to Apply 

Application Deadline:
December 1 for the following Fall Quarter

Total mandatory fees, per year**:

New student, Resident: $23,109.74
New student, non-Resident: $35,810.74

Please see FSPH Financial Opportunities page for information on awards, scholarships, training opportunities, employment, summer internship funding, and need-based aid.)  Please note that opportunities listed under 'Summer Internship Funding' are only applicable to MPH students.

Possible Career Paths:

Graduates in Biostatistics emerge as statisticians who have additional training in medical and other health-science fields. As a result, they are candidates for employment as statisticians and as researchers in the fields of genetics and biology, bioinformatics, and medicine. Graduates often assume positions in academia, industry, government organizations or allied scientific disciplines.

Who to contact for more information:

Roxy Naranjo
310.267.2186

* Admission requirements listed are Departmental requirements, and are in addition to the University's minimum requirements. Many programs receive more applicants than can be admitted, so meeting the minimum requirements for admission does not ensure admission. Every effort is made to ensure minimum admissions requirements are up to date - for the most up-to-date information on the University's minimum requirements, please visit the UCLA Graduate Division.

** Fees are subject to change and should be used as a guide only. For the most up to date fees and more information on fee breakdown, visit the registrar's office.

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MS At-a-Glance

MS in Biostatistics

The MS in Biostatistics is an academic, research-oriented degree program that is often preparatory for a doctoral degree or career in academic, industry or government research position. The program provides a strong foundation in both theory and application, and combines mathematical statistics and biostatistical methods with a research career focus.

Total Required Units (based on quarter system):
58 quarter-credit units

Additional Degree Requirements:

  • Master's Report
  • Passing grade on the Written Comprehensive Examination 

Typical time to complete degree:
2 years (6 academic quarters)

Program start date:
Fall Academic Quarter

Minimum Admission Requirements (in addition to the University's minimum requirements)*:

  • Mathematics preparation for the program should include at least two years of calculus. Linear algebra is also recommended.

How to Apply 

Application Deadline:
December 1 for the following Fall quarter

Total mandatory fees, per year**:

New student, Resident: $15,909.74
New student, Non-resident: $31,011.74

Please see FSPH Financial Opportunities page for information on awards, scholarships, training opportunities, employment and need-based aid. 

 

Possible Career Paths:

This program is often preparatory for a doctoral degree or a career in an academic, industry or government research position. Graduates in Biostatistics emerge as statisticians who have additional training in medical and other health-science fields.

Who to contact for more information:

Roxy Naranjo 
310.267.2186

* Admission requirements listed are Departmental requirements, and are in addition to the University's minimum requirements. Many programs receive more applicants than can be admitted, so meeting the minimum requirements for admission does not ensure admission. Every effort is made to ensure minimum admissions requirements are up to date - for the most up-to-date information on the University's minimum requirements, please visit the UCLA Graduate Division.

** Fees are subject to change and should be used as a guide only. For the most up to date fees and more information on fee breakdown, visit the registrar's office.

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PhD At-a-Glance

PhD in Biostatistics

The PhD degree program trains statisticians who can apply statistical methods to solve problems in the health field and who can conduct theoretical research in statistical methodology. Training in the program combines mathematical statistics, biostatistical methods and a third-field specialization.

Total Required Units (based on quarter system):

Additional Degree Requirements:

In addition to course requirements:

  • Written comprehensive examinations
  • Doctoral Seminar (weekly, each quarter)
  • Consulting: Biostatistics 409 (doctoral statistical consulting seminar: Field training course)
  • Oral Qualifying Examination
  • Dissertation and Defense 

Typical time to complete degree:
4 years

Program start date:
Fall Academic Quarter

Minimum Admission Requirements (in addition to the University's minimum requirements)*:

  • Mathematics preparation should include at least two years of calculus
  • Biostatistics preparation should include: Biostatistics 202B (Topics in Evaluation), Biostatistics 200A, B, C (Biostatistics), Biostatistics M215 (Survival Analysis)

How to Apply

Application Deadline:
December 1 for the following Fall Quarter

Total mandatory fees, per year**:

New student, Resident $15,929.74
New student, Non-resident: $31,031.74

Please see FSPH Financial Opportunities page for information on awards, scholarships, training opportunities, employment and need-based aid. 

Possible Career Paths:

Graduates with a UCLA PhD are exceptionally well prepared for academic careers and for industry and government careers. Graduates from UCLA's Biostatistics programs are recruited by top-notch employers. Our students get jobs at excellent universities, companies, and government agencies. Many graduates stay in the Los Angeles area or elsewhere in California, but our graduates are recruited by employers across the United States and around the world. 

Who to contact for more information:

Roxy Naranjo at rlnaranjo@ph.ucla.edu or 310.267.2186.

* Admission requirements listed are Departmental requirements, and are in addition to the University's minimum requirements. Many programs receive more applicants than can be admitted, so meeting the minimum requirements for admission does not ensure admission. Every effort is made to ensure minimum admissions requirements are up to date - for the most up-to-date information on the University's minimum requirements, please visit the UCLA Graduate Division.

** Fees are subject to change and should be used as a guide only. For the most up to date fees and more information on fee breakdown, visit the registrar's office.

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DrPH At-a-Glance

DrPH in Biostatistics

The DrPH program is suited to those individuals who wish to apply various statistical methods to the solution of problems in the health sciences. This program provides substantial public health training, in addition to training in a large number of statistical methods that are of particular use in studying problems in public health. The nature of the DrPH dissertation is applied problem solving.

Total Required Units (based on quarter system):

Additional Degree Requirements:

  • Course work in the major and minor fields
  • Written qualifying examinations
  • Proposal for the dissertation
  • Oral qualifying examination on the proposal for the dissertation (advancement to candidacy)

Typical time to complete degree:
6 years

Program start date:
Fall Academic Quarter

Minimum Admission Requirements (in addition to the University's minimum requirements)*:

  • Mathematics and statistics preparation should include at least two years of calculus
  • Public Health preparation for the program must include the following courses (or equivalent) if master's degree is not in public Health:

- Behavioral Sciences and Health Education (Com Health Sci 100)

- Introduction to Environmental Health (Env Health Sci 100 or 101)

- Principles of Epidemiology (Epidemiology 100)

- Health Services Organization (Health Pol & Mgmt 100)

How to Apply

Application Deadline:
December 1 for the following Fall Quarter

Total mandatory fees, per year**:

New student, Resident: $23,129.74
New student, non-resident: $35,830.74

Please see FSPH Financial Opportunities page for information on awards, scholarships, training opportunities, employment and need-based aid. 

Possible Career Paths:

Graduates from UCLA's Biostatistics programs are recruited by top-notch employers. Our students get jobs at excellent universities, companies, and government agencies. Many graduates stay in the Los Angeles area or elsewhere in California, but our graduates are recruited by employers across the United States and indeed around the world. Graduates often work in academia, government, biotechnology, pharmaceutical and other private sector industries.

Who to contact for more information:

Roxy Naranjo at rlnaranjo@ph.ucla.edu or 310.267.2186.

* Admission requirements listed are Departmental requirements, and are in addition to the University's minimum requirements. Many programs receive more applicants than can be admitted, so meeting the minimum requirements for admission does not ensure admission. Every effort is made to ensure minimum admissions requirements are up to date - for the most up-to-date information on the University's minimum requirements, please visit the UCLA Graduate Division.

** Fees are subject to change and should be used as a guide only. For the most up to date fees and more information on fee breakdown, visit the registrar's office.

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