Biostatistics

Degree Offered: M.S., M.S.P.H., Dr.P.H., Ph.D.
Interim Department Chair: David Redden, PhD
Phone: (205) 934-4905
E-mail: bstgrad@uab.edu
Website: www.soph.uab.edu/bst
Department Contact: Della Daniel
Department Contact Email: ddaniel@uab.edu

Overview

The Department of Biostatistics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is one of five departments in the School of Public Health: Biostatistics, Environmental Health Science, Epidemiology, Health Behavior, and Health Care Organization and Policy.

Dr. David Redden is the Interim Chair of the department, Dr. Jeff M Szychowski is the Director of Graduate Studies, and Ms. Della Daniel is the department liaison to the graduate program. The department currently has 20 faculty members and includes concentrations in research methods, statistical genetics and clinical trials. Members of the department conduct research in statistical methodology and applications, as well as in fundamental problems of modeling in biological systems. Much of the department’s research is collaborative in nature involving projects from basic science, genetics, clinical medicine, public health, and other health-related areas, both within and outside of UAB. Grant support for faculty in the department fall into four broad areas: 1) applied grants involving the application of statistical methods to health-related issues, 2) statistical coordinating centers for large multi-center randomized clinical trials, 3) methodological grants advancing statistical techniques, and 4) training grants for preparing the next generation of statisticians.

Degree Programs

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Biostatistics
  • Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) concentration in Biostatistics
  • Master of Science (MS) in Biostatistics
  • Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) concentration in Biostatistics


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Admissions

Entry Term Deadline
Master Program Deadline: www.soph.uab.edu/apply
PhD Program Deadline: May 1 (U.S.), April 1 (International)
Number of Evaluation Forms Required: Three
Entrance Tests: GRE www.soph.uab.edu/apply
TOEFL: TOEFL is required for international applicants whose native language is not English.
GPA: 3.0
International Transcripts: International transcripts must be submitted to World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) for an official course-by-course credential evaluation (document-by-document evaluations will not suffice).
SOPH Admissions: www.soph.uab.edu/apply

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Master of Science in Biostatistics

The Department of Biostatistics offers an MS degree in Biostatistics. This program provides a balance between theory and application, the perspective being the role of statistics and modeling in scientific research. The objective is to produce research-oriented scientists who anticipate a career performing data management and statistical analysis.  Further, the MS program is the appropriate program to prepare students to enter the PhD program. 

For admission to the program applicants should have a strong academic record and meet the minimum requirements for admission to the School of Public Health.  In addition, the applicant’s prior collegiate curriculum must include a 3-semester sequence of calculus or equivalent and linear algebra.  Proficiency in computing is preferred, as are additional advanced mathematics courses, e.g., differential equations, advanced calculus including special functions, and complex analysis.  Some background in the natural sciences would be helpful.  The Department of Biostatistics admits MS students in the fall term each year.  Interested students should apply online through the UAB Graduate School.

Curriculum

All students in an MSPH, MS, DrPH, or PhD program are required to complete PUH 600: Overview of Public Health. The course must be completed in a single semester (Fall or Spring); students must complete the course by the end of their second semester in the program. Students with prior public health education (BS in Public Health or MPH) or extensive public health experience (5+ years in public health practice) may be waived from this requirement by permission of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, but this is rare.

RequirementsHours
Departmental Requirements: (27 hours)
BST 621Statistical Methods I3
BST 622Statistical Methods II3
BST 623General Linear Models3
BST 626Data Management and Reporting with SAS3
BST 631Statistical Theory I4
BST 632Statistical Theory II4
BST 655Categorical Data Analysis3
BST 691Pre-Doctoral Seminar Series 21
BST 691Pre-Doctoral Seminar Series1
BST 691Pre-Doctoral Seminar Series1
BST 691Pre-Doctoral Seminar Series1
Biostatistics Electives: (Minimum 6 credit hours)
BST 665Survival Analysis (Highly Recommended)3
BST courses of 624 or higher level3
Required Public Health/Medical/Biological Electives: (Minimum 6 credit hours)
EPI 610Principles of Epidemiologic Research3
Other Elective3
Master's Directed Research: (Minimum of 6 credit hours)
BST 698Non Thesis Research6
Total Credit Hours:45

Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) with a Concentration in Biostatistics

Master of Science in Public Health with a concentration in Biostatistics is an applied statistics degree with a focus on Public Health. This program is open to all qualified applicants with relevant undergraduate, masters, medical, or health science professional degree.  For fellows and faculty members interested in developing skills required for clinical research, this program is an ideal post-medical or other health science degree training program.  It is anticipated that this academic training will supplement extensive training in the content area in which the student is trained, and senior mentoring in the politics and policies of development and management.  A graduate of this program will have the academic training to develop and lead independent research programs and projects.

For admission to the MSPH program applicants should have a strong academic record and meet the minimum requirements to the School of Public Health.  In addition, the applicant’s undergraduate curriculum must include a 2-semester sequence of calculus or equivalent, linear algebra, and proficiency in computing. The Department of Biostatistics admits MSPH students in the fall term each year.  Interested students should apply online through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS).

Curriculum

The MSPH in Biostatistics consists of a minimum of 41 credit hours.  Of these, 20 hours are required, including 15 hours of specific biostatistics courses and 5 hours of specific epidemiology courses. Students then select at least 9 hours from a list of approved Masters Research Electives, complete 3 hours of focus specific electives in biostatistics, and take at least 9 hours of directed (698 level) masters research to fulfill the MSPH requirement for conducting a research project.

All students in an MSPH, MS, DrPH, or PhD program are required to complete PUH 600: Overview of Public Health. The course must be completed in a single semester (Fall or Spring); students must complete the course by the end of their second semester in the program. Students with prior public health education (BS in Public Health or MPH) or extensive public health experience (5+ years in public health practice) may be waived from this requirement by permission of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, but this is rare.
 

RequirementsHours
MSPH Core Requirement: (20 hours)
BST 621Statistical Methods I3
BST 622Statistical Methods II3
BST 623General Linear Models3
BST 625Design/Conduct Clinical Trials3
BST 655Categorical Data Analysis3
EPI 607Fundamentals of Clinical Research3
EPI 680Topics in Clinical Research 12
Masters Research Selectives: (Minimum of 9 credit hours)
BST 613Intermediate Statistical Analysis III3
BST 626Data Management and Reporting with SAS3
ENH 650Essentials of Environmental and Occupational Toxicology and Diseases3
EPI 625Quantitative Methods in Epidemiology3
EPI 703Grant Proposal Writing3
HB 624Advanced Social and Behavioral Science Theory3
HCO 677Patient-Based Outcomes Measurement3
Concentration Select BST Courses: (Minimum 3 credit hours)
BST courses of 624 or higher level3
Master's Directed Research: (Minimum 9 credit hours)
BST 698Non Thesis Research9
Total Credit Hours:41

Doctor of Philosophy in Biostatistics

The Department of Biostatistics offers a PhD degree in biostatistics. This program provides a balance between theory and application, the perspective being the role of statistics and modeling in scientific research.  The objective is to produce research-oriented scientists who can advance statistical and modeling theory and can interact effectively with scientists in other disciplines to advance knowledge in those fields.  

For admission to the program applicants should have a strong academic record and meet the minimum requirements for admission to the School of Public Health.  In addition, the applicant’s prior collegiate curriculum must include a 3-semester sequence of calculus or equivalent and linear algebra.  Proficiency in computing is preferred, as are additional advanced mathematics courses, e.g., differential equations, advanced calculus including special functions, and complex analysis.  Some background in the natural sciences would be helpful.  In most cases, a prior MS in biostatistics, statistics, or related field are required for admission to the PhD program.  Students with a bachelor’s degree are encouraged to pursue a MS degree in Biostatistics before applying to the PhD program.  The Department of Biostatistics admits PHD students in the fall term each year.  Interested students should apply online through the UAB Graduate School.

Curriculum

To earn the PhD degree in Biostatistics students must complete a minimum of 87 total credit hours of academic course work.  Of these, 45 hours are required core courses and 3 hours are required Graduate School courses.  Students then select a minimum 9 credit hours of regular Biostatistics Elective courses of 624 or higher‐level; a minimum 6 graduate credit hours of outside electives must be taken from a non‐quantitative field (i.e. Biology, Public Health or Medicine) with advisor’s approval and in some cases, also approval of instructor; and at least 24 credit hours of other related courses including dissertation research.

All students in an MSPH, MS, DrPH, or PhD program are required to complete PUH 600: Overview of Public Health. The course must be completed in a single semester (Fall or Spring); students must complete the course by the end of their second semester in the program. Students with prior public health education (BS in Public Health or MPH) or extensive public health experience (5+ years in public health practice) may be waived from this requirement by permission of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, but this is rare.

RequirementsHours
Departmental Requirements: (45 hours)
BST 621Statistical Methods I3
BST 622Statistical Methods II3
BST 623General Linear Models3
BST 626Data Management and Reporting with SAS3
BST 631Statistical Theory I4
BST 632Statistical Theory II4
BST 655Categorical Data Analysis3
BST 665Survival Analysis3
BST 691Pre-Doctoral Seminar Series 11
BST 691Pre-Doctoral Seminar Series1
BST 691Pre-Doctoral Seminar Series1
BST 691Pre-Doctoral Seminar Series1
BST 691Pre-Doctoral Seminar Series1
BST 691Pre-Doctoral Seminar Series1
BST 723Theory of Linear Models3
BST 735Advanced Inference4
BST 760Generalized Linear and Mixed Models3
BST 765Advanced Computational Methods3
School-Wide Requirement: (3 hours) 2
GRD 717Principles of Scientific Integrity3
Biostatistics Electives: (Minimum 9 credit hours)
BST courses of 700 level 9
Required Public Health/Medical/Biological Electives: (Minimum 6 credit hours)
EPI 610Principles of Epidemiologic Research3
Elective3
Other Related Courses including Research in Statistics (BST 698/798)
BST 798Non-Dissertation Research1-12
Other Related Courses including Dissertation Research (BST 799) 3
BST 799Dissertation Research1-12
Minimum Credit Hours:87

Doctor of Public Health with a Concentration in Biostatistics

Biostatistics uses statistical reasoning and methods to address major problems in public health. Students who concentrate in biostatistics are interested in how data, population studies, and health intersect. They study advanced statistical methodologies and apply them to better understand health trends among populations. Biostatistics students interpret results of statistical analyses from public health studies and translate the information into easily understandable facts for scientific and non-scientific audiences.

Curriculum

The DrPH Concentration in Biostatistics consists of a minimum of 51 credit hours, depending upon the applicant prior academic history. For students with a graduate degree and/or public health experience, credits will range from 51-71 hours. For students with an undergraduate degree, credits will range from 71-80 hours. If applicants have an undergraduate Public Health Degree from UAB, and MPH, or other public health degree or 1 year of public health work experience, electives and potentially core requirements can be adjusted at the discretion of the Graduate Program Committee (minimum of 51 credit hours must be met, regardless of courses transferred or waived). Students entering with prior biostatistics graduate work may be able to waive some core biostatistics courses at the discretion of the Graduate Program Committee (GPC).

All degrees require 15 credit hours of Biostatistics or Public Health elective courses designed with the student, advisor, Graduate Program Committee and permission of instructor, where applicable. Students would need to meet prerequisites for all courses and some decisions would be made in conjunction with other Departments.

All students in an MSPH, MS, DrPH, or PhD program are required to complete PUH 600: Overview of Public Health. The course must be completed in a single semester (Fall or Spring); students must complete the course by the end of their second semester in the program. Students with prior public health education (BS in Public Health or MPH) or extensive public health experience (5+ years in public health practice) may be waived from this requirement by permission of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, but this is rare.

RequirementsHours
DrPH Core Requirements: (9 hours)
HCO 716Advanced Leadership and Practice Seminar3
HCO 717Seminar in Public Health Policy3
GRD 717Principles of Scientific Integrity3
or HCO 670 Social and Ethical Issues in Public Health
Biostatistics Requirements: (23 hours) 1
BST 621Statistical Methods I3
BST 622Statistical Methods II3
BST 623General Linear Models3
BST 626Data Management and Reporting with SAS3
BST 630Estimation & Inference3
BST 655Categorical Data Analysis3
BST 665Survival Analysis3
EPI 680Topics in Clinical Research 22
Public Health Electives: (Minimum 9 credit hours)
ENH 650Essentials of Environmental and Occupational Toxicology and Diseases3
EPI 625Quantitative Methods in Epidemiology3
EPI 703Grant Proposal Writing3
HB 624Advanced Social and Behavioral Science Theory3
HCO 677Patient-Based Outcomes Measurement3
Required Public Health/Biostatistics/Medical Science Selectives: (Minimum 15 credit hours)
Courses 600 level or higher, designed with Advisor & GPC15
Other related courses including Dissertation Research (BST 799)
BST 799Dissertation Research1-12
EPI 607Fundamentals of Clinical Research3
BST 790DrPH Applied Practice Experience3-6
BST 625Design/Conduct Clinical Trials3
Minimum Credit Hours:71-80

Courses

BST 601. Biostatistics. 4 Hours.

Logic and language of scientific methods in life science research; use of basic statistics in testing hypotheses and setting confidence limits. Simple and multiple regression and elementary experimental designs. BST 601 is a 4-credit course for MPH students. There are no formal prerequisites for this course; however, familiarity and comfort with basic mathematical concepts is essential. The minimum technical skills required include the ability to use Adobe Acrobat, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. If you are deficient in any of these areas, it is your responsibility to improve your skills before starting the course.

BST 603. Introductory Biostatistics for Graduate Biomedical Sciences. 3 Hours.

This course will utilize current statistical techniques to assess and analyze health science related data.

BST 611. Intermediate Statistical Analysis I. 3 Hours.

Students will gain a thorough understanding of basic analysis methods, elementary concepts, statistical models and applications of probability, commonly used sampling distributions, parametric and non-parametric one and two sample tests, confidence intervals, applications of analysis of two-way contingency table data, simple linear regression, and simple analysis of variance. Students are taught to conduct the relevant analysis using current software such as the Statistical Analysis System (SAS).

BST 612. Intermediate Statistical Analysis II. 3 Hours.

This course will introduce students to the basic principles of tools of simple and multiple regression. A major goals is to establish a firm foundation in the discipline upon which the applications of statistical and epidemiologic inference will be built. If prerequisite is not met, permission of instructor is required.
Prerequisites: BST 611 [Min Grade: C] or BST 611Q [Min Grade: C]

BST 613. Intermediate Statistical Analysis III. 3 Hours.

This course will introduce students to additional general concepts in biostatistics beyond an introductory level to include study design, power and sample size estimation, mixed-models, survival analysis, survey design and interpretation of research results. Prerequisites: BST 601 or 611 and 612, or prior statistics/biostatistics course that included hypothesis testing for proportions and means, ANOVA, correlation, simple and multiple linear regression, and logistic regression (with approval of the instructor).
Prerequisites: (BST 601 [Min Grade: C] or BST 601Q [Min Grade: C] or BST 611 [Min Grade: C] or BST 611Q [Min Grade: C]) and (BST 612 [Min Grade: C] or BST 612Q [Min Grade: C])

BST 619. Data Collection and Management. 3 Hours.

Basic concepts of study design, forms design, quality control, data entry, data management and data analysis. Hands-on experience with data entry systems, e.g., DBASE, and data analysis software, e.g., PC-SAS. Exposure to other software packages as time permits. Previous computer experience or workshop on microcomputers highly recommended. NOTE: If space permits, non-degree graduate students will be permitted to enroll. All students registered for the course must attend 1st class to remain enrolled. Previous computer experience or workshop on microcomputers highly recommended.
Prerequisites: BST 601 [Min Grade: C] or BST 601Q [Min Grade: C] or BST 611 [Min Grade: C] or BST 611Q [Min Grade: C] or BST 621 [Min Grade: C]

BST 620. Applied Matrix Analysis. 3 Hours.

Vector and matrix definitions and fundamental concepts; matrix factorization and application. Eigen-values and eigen-vectors, functions of matrices, singular and ill-conditioned problems.
Prerequisites: BST 622 [Min Grade: C]

BST 621. Statistical Methods I. 3 Hours.

Mathematically rigorous coverage of applications of statistical techniques designed for Biostatistics majors and others with sufficient mathematical background. Statistical models and applications of probability; commonly used sampling distributions; parametric and nonparametric one and two sample tests and confidence intervals; analysis of two-way contingency table data; simple linear regression; simple analysis of variance designs with equal or proportional subclass members; use of contrasts and multiple comparisons procedures; introduction to survival analysis; multivariate methods. Interested students must have a year of calculus sequence before enrolling in BST 621.

BST 622. Statistical Methods II. 3 Hours.

Mathematically rigorous coverage of applications of statistical techniques designed for Biostatistics majors and others with sufficient mathematical background. Statistical models and applications of probability; commonly used sampling distributions; parametric and nonparametric one and two sample tests and confidence intervals; analysis of contingency tables; simple linear regression; simple analysis of variance designs with equal or proportional subclass members; use of contrasts and multiple comparisons procedures; introduction to survival analysis; multivariate methods.
Prerequisites: BST 621 [Min Grade: B](Can be taken Concurrently)

BST 623. General Linear Models. 3 Hours.

Simple and multiple regression using matrix approach; weighted and non-linear regression; variable selection methods; modeling techniques; regression diagnostics and model validation; systems of linear equations; factorial designs; blocking; an introduction to repeated measures designs; Coding schemes.
Prerequisites: BST 622 [Min Grade: B]

BST 624. Experimental Design. 3 Hours.

BST 624 provides intermediate level training for the design of experiments in biomedical research. It will cover classical experimental designs including factorial and nested (hierarchical) designs, Latin squares, incomplete block designs, and fractional factorials. It will use a matrix approach to analysis. In addition, it will emphasize statistical methodology and communication of procedures, results, and conclusions. Students are expected to have prior coursework in calculus and matrix algebra. Additional prerequisites include successful completion (B or higher) in either the BST 621/622 sequence or the BST 611/612 sequence.
Prerequisites: (BST 621 and BST 622) or (BST 611 and BST 612)

BST 625. Design/Conduct Clinical Trials. 3 Hours.

Concepts of clinical trials; purpose, design, implementation and evaluation. Examples and controversies presented.
Prerequisites: (BST 611 [Min Grade: B] or BST 611Q [Min Grade: B]) and (BST 612 [Min Grade: B] or BST 612Q [Min Grade: B] or BST 621 [Min Grade: B]) and BST 622 [Min Grade: B]

BST 626. Data Management and Reporting with SAS. 3 Hours.

This course is designed to provide an introduction to data management and reporting using the SAS system.

BST 630. Estimation & Inference. 3 Hours.

This course is an introduction to probability concepts and statistical inference. Topics include counting techniques, discrete and continuous univariate and multivariate random variables & common distributions, probability, expectation, variance, confidence intervals, the Central Limit Theorem, and hypothesis testing.

BST 631. Statistical Theory I. 4 Hours.

Fundamentals of probability; independence; distribution and density functions; random variables; moments and moment generating functions; discrete and continuous distributions; exponential families, marginal and conditional distributions; transformation and change of variables; convergence concepts, sampling distributions. Point and interval estimation; hypothesis and significance testing; sufficiency and completeness; ancillary statistics; maximum likelihood and moment estimators; asymptotic properties of estimators and tests; introduction to Bayesian inference. Prerequisites: Proficiency in Algebra and calculus is required.

BST 632. Statistical Theory II. 4 Hours.

Fundamentals of probability; independence; distribution and density functions; random variables; moments and moment generating functions; discrete and continuous distributions; exponential families, marginal and conditional distributions; transformation and change of variables; convergence concepts, sampling distributions. Point interval estimation; hypothesis and significance testing; sufficiency and completeness; ancillary statistics; maximum likelihood and moment estimators; asymptotic properties of estimators and tests; introduction to Bayesian inference.
Prerequisites: BST 631 [Min Grade: B]

BST 640. Nonparametric Methods. 3 Hours.

Properties of statistical tests; order statistics and theory of extremes; median tests; goodness of fit; tests based on ranks; location and scale parameter estimation; confidence intervals; association analysis; power and efficiency.
Prerequisites: BST 621 [Min Grade: C] and BST 631 [Min Grade: C]

BST 655. Categorical Data Analysis. 3 Hours.

Intermediate level course with emphasis on understanding the discrete probability distributions and the correct application of methods to analyze data generated by discrete probability distributions. The course covers contingency tables, Mantel-Haenszel test, measures of association and of agreement, logistic regression models; regression diagnostics; proportional odds; ordinal and polytomous logistic regression; Poison regression; log linear models; analysis of matched pairs; and repeated categorical data.
Prerequisites: BST 621 [Min Grade: B] and BST 622 [Min Grade: B]

BST 660. Applied Multivariate Analysis. 3 Hours.

Analysis and interpretation of multivariate general linear models including multivariate regression, multivariate analysis of variance/covariance, discriminant analysis, multivariate analysis of repeated measures, canonical correlation, and longitudinal data analysis for general and generalized linear models. Extensive use of SAS, SPSS, and other statistical software.
Prerequisites: BST 623 [Min Grade: B]

BST 661. Structural Equation Modelling. 3 Hours.

Basic principles of measurements; factor analysis and latent variable models; multivariate predictive models including mediation mechanisms and moderators effects;path analysis;intergrative mutivariate covariance models, methods of llongitudinal analysis.
Prerequisites: BST 623 [Min Grade: C]

BST 665. Survival Analysis. 3 Hours.

Kaplan-Meier estimation; Parametric survival models; Cox proportional hazards regression models; sample size calculation for survival models; competing risks models; multiple events models.
Prerequisites: BST 622 [Min Grade: B](Can be taken Concurrently)

BST 670. Sampling Methods. 3 Hours.

Simple random, stratified, cluster, ratio regression and systematic sampling; sampling with equal or unequal probabilities of selection; optimization; properties of estimators; non-sampling errors; sampling schemes used in population research; methods of implementation and analyses associated with various schemes.
Prerequisites: BST 631 [Min Grade: C]

BST 671. Meta-Analysis. 3 Hours.

Statistical methods and inference through meta analysis.
Prerequisites: BST 623 [Min Grade: C] and BST 632 [Min Grade: C]

BST 675. Introduction to Statistical Genetics. 3 Hours.

This class wil introduce students to population genetics, genetic epidemiology, microarray and proteomics analysis, Mendelian laws, inheritance, heritability, test cross linkage analysis, QTL analysis, human linkage and human association methods for discrete and quatitative traits.
Prerequisites: BST 611 [Min Grade: C] or BST 621 [Min Grade: C]

BST 676. Genomic Data Analysis. 3 Hours.

The purpose of this class is to teach graduate students practical skills and statistics concepts and methods that underlie the analysis of high-dimensional genomic big data generated by high throughput technologies, as well as issues in the experimental design and implementation of these technologies. Lectures contents will be delivered often with live demonstrations. Afterwards, students will be immersed by practical problem solving sessions. The R language will be used for programming throughout the course.
Prerequisites: BST 611 [Min Grade: B] or BST 621 [Min Grade: B]

BST 680. Statistical Computing with R. 3 Hours.

This course is mainly focused on R and how to use R to conduct basic statistical computing. The course contains three themes: R programming, introduction to high performance computing, and basics of statistical computing.
Prerequisites: BST 621 [Min Grade: C] and BST 622 [Min Grade: C] and BST 626 [Min Grade: C]

BST 685. Training in Biostatistics Teaching. 3 Hours.

Acquire skills for teaching in higher education, including syllabus design, communication skills for the classroom and office hours, creating assignments and rubrics, preparing and giving lectures, preparing nondidactic content, and effective grading. Prerequisites: Must have completed the course that you will be the TA, or similar course, in a prior semester with a grade of B or higher. Completed the Biostatistics Qualifying Exam at the applicable level, have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher (be a student in good standing with the UAB Graduate School). Receive an invitation from the applicable faculty member to register for this course.

BST 690. Biostatistical Consulting and Applied Problems. 3 Hours.

Students will work individually to address, analyze and present the results of an applied problem or grant design each week. The presentation of approaches, solutions and designs will be conducted in a round table format. Students will be evaluated on the quality of solution and by their presentation and class participation.
Prerequisites: BST 621 [Min Grade: C] and BST 622 [Min Grade: C]

BST 691. Pre-Doctoral Seminar Series. 1 Hour.

Biostatistics Seminar Series. This course is restricted to Biostatistics in Public Health majors only. This course provides an opportunity for students to learn about ongoing research in the field of biostatistics, clinical trials, and statistical genetics.

BST 695. Special Topics. 1-3 Hour.

Special topics in Biostatistics not covered in regular 600 level courses, but suited for Masters students in Biostatistics and doctoral students in other related disciplines.

BST 697. Internship in Biostatistics. 3 Hours.

The internship provides an opportunity for each student to work in a public health setting in a position that carries responsibility and is of particular interest. BST 697 is a 3-credit hour course requirement of all MPH-seeking students. In order to register for the internship course, students must have completed all public health core coursework. Usually, this means that students must wait until their 3rd semester to complete the internship. Students must complete a minimum of 180 contact hours with the organization during the semester in which they register for the internship.
Prerequisites: (BST 601 [Min Grade: C] or BST 601Q [Min Grade: C] or BST 611 [Min Grade: C] or BST 611Q [Min Grade: C]) and (BST 612 [Min Grade: C] or BST 612Q [Min Grade: C]) and (ENH 600 [Min Grade: C] or ENH 600Q [Min Grade: C] or ENH 611 [Min Grade: C] or ENH 611Q [Min Grade: C]) and (EPI 600 [Min Grade: C] or EPI 600Q [Min Grade: C] or EPI 610Q [Min Grade: C] or EPI 610 [Min Grade: C]) and (HB 600 [Min Grade: C] or HB 600Q [Min Grade: C]) and (HCO 600 [Min Grade: C] or HCO 600Q [Min Grade: C])

BST 698. Non Thesis Research. 1-12 Hour.

Independent non-thesis research with guidance of appropriate faculty. Restricted to Biostatistics Majors only or permission of instructor / department.

BST 723. Theory of Linear Models. 3 Hours.

Multivariate normal distributions and quadratic forms; least square estimation; nested models; weighted least squares, testing contrasts; multiple comparison; polynomial regression; maximum likelihood theory of log linear models will be studied.
Prerequisites: BST 632 [Min Grade: B]

BST 725. Advances Clinical Trails. 3 Hours.

This course will provide students with the tools to develp a basic understanding of the fundamental statistical principles involved in the design and conduct of clinical trials.
Prerequisites: BST 611 [Min Grade: C] and BST 612 [Min Grade: C] or BST 621 [Min Grade: C] and BST 622 [Min Grade: C] and BST 625 [Min Grade: C]

BST 726. Advanced Clinical Trials II. 1 Hour.

This course builds on the knowledge gained in BST 725 in order to develop a more thorough understanding of the basic methodology behind important statistical concepts used in the design and analysis of large, randomized clinical trials. The class will involve discussions of publications dealing with current topics of interest in clinical trials.
Prerequisites: BST 621 [Min Grade: C] and BST 622 [Min Grade: C] and BST 625 [Min Grade: C] and BST 631 [Min Grade: C] and BST 632 [Min Grade: C] and BST 725 [Min Grade: C]

BST 735. Advanced Inference. 4 Hours.

Stochastic convergence and fundamental inequalities; weak convergence and the central limit theorems; large sample behavior of the empirical distribution and order statistics; asymptotic behavior of estimators and tests with particular attention to LR, score and Wald tests.
Prerequisites: BST 631 [Min Grade: B] and BST 632 [Min Grade: B]

BST 740. Bayesian Analysis. 3 Hours.

To introduce the student to the basic principles and tools of Bayesian Statistics and most importantly to Bayesian data analysis techniques. A major goal is to establish a firm foundation in the discipline upon which the applications of statistical and epidemiologic inference will be built.
Prerequisites: BST 632 [Min Grade: C]

BST 741. Advanced Bayesian Analysis II. 3 Hours.

This course is intended to illustrate advanced Bayesian modeling and computation for variety of models and problems.
Prerequisites: BST 631 [Min Grade: B] and BST 632 [Min Grade: B]

BST 750. Stochastic Modeling. 3 Hours.

Poisson processes; random walks; simple diffusion and branching processes; recurrent events; Markov chains in discrete and continuous time; birth and death process; queuing systems; applications to survival and other biomedical models will be studied.
Prerequisites: BST 632 [Min Grade: C]

BST 760. Generalized Linear and Mixed Models. 3 Hours.

Generalized linear models; mixed models; and generalized estimating equations.
Prerequisites: BST 723 [Min Grade: B]

BST 765. Advanced Computational Methods. 3 Hours.

Numerical algorithms useful in biostatistics including likelihood maximization using the Newton-Raphson method, EM algorithm, numerical integration using quadratic and Monte-Carlo methods, interpolation using splines, random variate generation methods, data augmentation algorithm, and MCMC and Metropolis-Hastings algorithm; randomization tests; resampling plans including bootstrap and jackknife will be studied.
Prerequisites: BST 632 [Min Grade: B]

BST 775. Statistical Methods for Genetic Analysis I. 3 Hours.

This course will provide a staistical basis for describing variation in qualitative (disease) and quantitative traits. This will include decomposition of trait variation into components representing genes, environment and gene-environment interaction. Resemblance between relative and heritability will be described. Important topics of discussion will include oligogenic and polygenic traits, complex segregations analysis, methods of mapping and characterizing simple and complex trait loci. NOTE: It is assumed that students are comfortable with regression theory, covariance, correlation, and likelihood theory. Interested students are urged to contact the instructors with concerns regarding assumed knowledge.
Prerequisites: BST 623 [Min Grade: C] and BST 632 [Min Grade: C] and BST 675 [Min Grade: C]

BST 776. Statistical Methods for Genetic Anlaysis II. 3 Hours.

This course builds on the knowledge gained in BST 775 with rigorous mathematical & statistical treatment of methods for localizing genes and environmental effects involved in the etiology of complex trits using case-control and pedigree data. NOTE: Knowledge of SAS and programming languages such as C++, and basic knoledge of multivariate methods and Markov chain theory is highly recommended.
Prerequisites: BST 775 [Min Grade: C]

BST 790. DrPH Applied Practice Experience. 3-6 Hours.

All DrPH students will complete an applied practice experience (Practicum) in which the student will complete at least one project that is meaningful for a public health organization and to advanced public health practice.

BST 793. Post-doc Seminar Series. 3 Hours.

BST seminar series. Permission of instructor / department required.

BST 795. Advanced Special Topics. 1-6 Hour.

This course is designed to cover advanced special topics in Biostatistics that are not covered in regular 700 level courses, but suited for doctoral students in Biostatistics.
Prerequisites: BST 622 [Min Grade: B] and BST 632 [Min Grade: B]

BST 798. Non-Dissertation Research. 1-12 Hour.

Non-dissertation research with the guidance of appropriate faculty. Research conducted before admission to candidacy for the doctoral degree. Biostatistics majors only or permission of instructor / department required.

BST 799. Dissertation Research. 1-12 Hour.

Doctoral Level Dissertation Research under the direction of the dissertation research committee. Reserved for Biostatistics only or permission of instructor /department. Admission to Candidacy required.
Prerequisites: GAC Z

Faculty

Long, Dustin, Assistant Professor, 2016, Ph.D. (North Carolina-Chapel Hill)
Aban, Inmaculada (Chichi), Professor, 2004, Ph.D. (Bowling Green State) , Design, Implementation and Analysis of Clinical Trials, Analysis of Imaging Data, Models for Count Data, Model Diagnostics, Survival and Reliability Analysis, Inference for Heavy Tailed Distributions
Allen, Shauntice, Assistant Professor, 2011, Ph.D. (UAB), Community resiliency and livability as well as environmental justice and health equity strategies
Austin, Erika, Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, 2015, M.P.H. (Florida), Ph.D. (Virginia), Health disparities among stigmatized populations, barriers to health care access, LGBT health and well-being
Bartolucci, Alfred A., Professor Emeritus, 1977, Ph.D. (SUNY, Buffalo), Clinical Trials, Survival Analysis, Bayesian Statistics, Longitudinal Data Analysis, Meta-Analysis
Beasley, Timothy Mark, Professor, 2001, Ph.D. (Southern Illinois - Carbondale), Linear Models, Linkage and Association with Quantitative Traits, Nonparametric Methods, Microarray Analysis
Cofield, Stacy S., Associate Professor , 2003, Ph.D. (Virginia Commonwealth), Mixed-Effects Models, Clinical Trial Design, Management, and Analysis, Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest and Resuscitation.
Cutter, Gary, Professor, 2003, Ph.D. (Texas Health Science Center - Houston), Clinical Trials and Community Studies Trial Analyses, Chronic Disease Epidemiology, Large Scale Data Bases, Multiple Sclerosis, Myasthenia Gravis and Nenatal Trials, Behavioral Studies, Rare Diseases, Hypertension
Edwards, Lloyd J., Professor and Chair, 1990, Ph.D. (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Model Selection and Model Choice in Mixed Effects Models, Linear Models, Longitudinal Data Analysis, Clinical Trials Design and Analysis, Cardiovascular Disease, Neuroscience, Health Disparities, Aging
Howard, George, Professor , 1999, Dr.PH. (North Carolina), Design and Analysis of Multi-center Clinical Trials, Application of Statistical Methods in Epidemiological Studies, Linear Models.
Jaeger, Byron, Assistant Professor, 2017, Ph.D. (North Carolina - Chapel Hill), Role of diurnal (night-time) blood pressure patterns in cardiovascular disease, building predictive algorithms based on data structures that are compatible with wearable technology, and developing statistical tools to measure explained variability in mixed models
Judd, Suzanne E., Professor, 2008, Ph.D. (Emory), Vitamin D, Longitudinal Cohort Studies, Data Management, Stroke, Dietary Patterns and Population Nutrition
Long, Dorothy Leann, Assistant Professor, 2016, Ph.D. (North Carolina-Chapel Hill), Categorical data analysis, particularly zero-inflated models, and meta-analysis for single case design data.
Morgan, Charity, Associate Professor , 2012, Ph.D. (Harvard), Finite Mixture Models. Bayesian Data Analysis. Multiple Sclerosis. Psychopathology.
Perumean-Chaney, Suzanne, Assistant Professor, 2004, B.S., M.S. (Nevada), Ph.D. (SUNY Albany), Problem-based learning, teaching statistics online, adolescent at-risk behaviors, microaggression, complementary and alternative medicine, general and generalized linear models and count data
Rahman, AKM Fazlur, Assistant Professor, 2014, Ph.D. (University of South Carolina), survival analysis, agreement study, non- and semi-parametric Bayesian methods, recurrent events analysis, recurrent competing risks, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Redden, David T., Professor and Vice Chair, 2001, Ph.D. (Alabama), Regression of Diagnostics, Admixture, Association Studies, Group Randomized Trials
Szychowski, Jeffery, Associate Professor , 2007, Ph.D. (Alabama), Clinical Trials, Maternal and Fetal Medicine Studies, Regression Analysis and Smoothing Methods, Categorical Data Analysis, Survival Analysis, Health Administration Research
Tiwari, Hemant, Professor, 2002, Ph.D. (Notre Dame), Genetic Linkage Analysis, Disequilibrium Mapping, Population Genetics, Molecular Evolution, Bioinformatics, and Genetics of Infectious Diseases.
Yi, Nengjun, Professor, 2002, Ph.D. (Nanjing Forestry University, China), Statistical Genetics: genetic association studies of common and rare variants in human populations, statistical analysis of genetic interactions (gene-gene and gene-environment interactions), predictive and prognostic modeling of complex diseases and traits, QTL mapping for complex traits in animal and plant experimental crosses, Statistical Methods for Precision Medicine and Pharmacogenetics, Hierarchical Generalized Linear and Survival Models, High-dimensional Statistical Methods, and Computer Software Development
Zierold, Kristina, Associate Professor, 2018, Ph.D. (Illinois), Applying environmental and occupational health and epidemiology methods and concepts to community-based problems