Biostatistics (CERT)

Graduate Certificate in Biostatistics
Unit: School of Public Health and Information Science (GH)
Department: Bioinformatics and Biostatistics
Program Website 
Academic Plan Code(s): BDSCCBS, BDSCCBSO 

Program Information

This program can be completed in a traditional classroom format or entirely online.

The Department of Biostatistics offers this certificate program to deliver core biostatistics instruction to a wide spectrum of the industrial workforce. Students are required to complete at least 15 credit hours of core and elective coursework. The program provides an ideal path for students and professionals seeking to enhance their data analytic and decision-making skills. In addition, individuals who are interested in the possibility of entering the MS program in Biostatistics can use this program as a stepping stone to the master's degree.


The core competencies of the Certificate in Biostatistics program include knowledge of basic Biostatistical methods, basic knowledge of data management and statistical computing and a preliminary exposure to research design.

  • Analyze moderately complex research data using statistical methods involving common linear statistical models. [C4]*
  • Manage data and conduct elementary statistical computing using SAS software. [C3]*
  • Critique/design basic methods for moderately complex research problems [C6]*

Demonstration of the competencies is accomplished by successful completion of all certificate curriculum activities.

* Bracketed codes represent cognitive domain levels from Bloom’s Taxonomy

Faculty Advisor

On matriculation, each student is assigned a faculty advisor and is requested to meet at least once a semester (face-to-face or using a video conferencing tool) with his or her advisor. The faculty advisor works with the student to develop a program of study and serves as an academic mentor and counselor on career and employment opportunities, professional development, and opportunities beyond the certificate.

Admission Requirements

  • Graduate application submitted to the Graduate School
  • Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in basic sciences, economics, psychology, or in a closely related discipline from an accredited institution. The curriculum must contain a statistics or biostatistics course at the sophomore level or higher and at least two courses in basic sciences.
  • Preferred minimum GPA is 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants with lower GPAs will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  
  • At least two letters of recommendation written within past twelve months, submitted as part of the application.
  • Non-refundable application fee.
  • Postsecondary transcripts. Transcripts from institutions outside of the United States may require a foreign credential evaluation.
  • Proficiency in English language is a requirement and a key to the success in the program. 

Information contact:

Dr. K.B. Kulasekera


The curriculum calls for completing 15-16 credit hours using courses listed below. 

Certificate Requirements

Biostatistics Coursework
PHST 680Biostatistical Methods I3
PHST 681Biostatistical Methods II3
PHST 620Introduction to Statistical Computing3
PHST 684Categorical Data Analysis 13
Choose one of the following:3-4
Statistical Methods for Research Design in Health Sciences
Clinical Trials I: Planning and Design
Clinical Trials II
Minimum Total Hours15-16