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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Center for Education in Health Sciences
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Director's Message

Jody Ciolino

In a data rich world, there is an ever-increasing demand for high-quality data analytics... Properly trained collaborative biostatisticians are thus in high-demand, and they often serve as a link or a node, tying multiple fields of application together and using data analyses to answer impactful research questions. ”

Jody D. Ciolino, PhD
Associate Professor
Program Director, Master of Biostatistics
Department of Preventive Medicine - Biostatistics
Biostatistics Collaboration Center (BCC)
Northwestern University Data Analysis and Coordinating Center (NUDACC)

Welcome to the Northwestern University Master of Science (MS) in Biostatistics website. In a data rich world, there is an ever-increasing demand for high-quality data analytics. The clinical and translational health research arena is no exception. Properly trained collaborative biostatisticians are thus in high-demand, and they often serve as a link or a node, tying multiple fields of application together and using data analyses to answer impactful research questions.

The MS in Biostatistics provides rigorous, fast-paced training to prepare students for careers as statistical analysts and researchers, allowing for lasting impacts on clinical and public health research and practice. Our unique, one-year MS program is offered through the Program in Public Health at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Center for Education in Health Sciences. Coursework can be completed in two years for half-time students. All students (1) complete intensive formal training in biostatistics, epidemiology and statistical programming, and (2) engage in a collaborative research project involving real-world data in the form of a thesis. This thesis requirement provides students the opportunity to work with both expert biostatistics/epidemiology faculty members and clinical, field-specific faculty experts to address novel research questions.

Three MS in Biostatistics concentrations foster curriculum flexibility to meet a range of professional needs and interests; they are (1) the Concentration in Statistical Bioinformatics, (2) the Concentration in Statistical Methods and Practice, and (3) the Concentration in Population Health Analytics. Concentrations in Statistical Bioinformatics and Statistical Methods and Practice are designed for college graduates who are interested in working as statistical analysts/programmers on research teams. Statistical Bioinformatics emphasizes cutting-edge computation and analysis for genomics and other bioinformatics "big data," while Statistical Methods and Practice encompasses a broader range of statistical theory and methods for data from health and medical research settings. The concentration in Population Health Analytics is designed for college graduates or students with professional degrees (e.g., MD, DPT, allied health professionals) who intend to plan, direct and execute health research. This concentration emphasizes both biostatistical and epidemiological methods for population health research.

Thank you for your interest. Please contact us for more information.

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