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PhD in Biostatistics



From the Director

The Division of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics within the Department of Public Health Sciences is proud to join theselect group of higher education institutions offering a PhD program in Biostatistics. Technological advances in areas such as imaging, high throughput omics, and electronic medical records constantly add demand for graduate training in Biostatistics. Along with the ever-growing datasets and constantly changingplatforms and structures, skilled quantitative analysts — PhD-level biostatisticians — are needed to develop new means of uncovering key scientific discoveries from the data. The Division of Biostatistics & Bioinformatics has committed considerable resources toward the establishment of this program, and we are excited to now be able to participate in the training of the new leaders in this critical research field.

It is a very exciting time to be a biostatistics PhD student at Penn State. Two newly established institutes — the Clinical and Translational Science Institute and the Institute for Personalized Medicine — are building up cutting-edge research programs at Penn State opening doors to exciting research projects in biostatistics that students in this program can engage in.

This is a brand new program. We have finished recruiting our second cohort of PhD students, and now we have seven students currently enrolled in our program.  The deadline for application to the 2014-2015 cohort (starting August 2014) will be Jan 15, 2014.  Note that this program is somewhat unique in that we require some previous graduate-level training in statistics, such as previous coursework or a master’s degree in biostatistics or statistics.  More details of the prerequisites and other application information can be found on the admissions page.

The Penn State College of Medicine is located in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Hershey is a beautiful family-friendly city located near Pennsylvania’s capital city and close by to Washington DC, Philadelphia, and New York City.

Please contact me if you have questions about the program that are not addressed on this website.


Arthur Berg, PhD

Biostatistics PhD Program Director


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