About the Program
The doctoral program prepares students to understand the mathematical and theoretical basis of statistical methodology; collaborate on the design of research studies in the health sciences; provide advice on the proper collection, entry, storage, retrieval, and manipulation of data; and take primary responsibility for the analysis, interpretation and dissemination of data in a research study using state-of-the-art statistical methods and software. Doctoral students are also prepared to carry out original methodological research in statistics and apply the resulting methodology to health-related research problems.
Graduates of the PhD program will be qualified for employment in academic research institutions in medicine, nursing, dentistry, allied health, public health, and the laboratory sciences; academic institutions providing training in statistics or biostatistics; in the pharmaceutical and other biotech industries; and in local, state, and national government agencies.
Students accepted as full time students into the program may be eligible for a Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA), which provides a competitive stipend ($20,000 for a first-year student on a 9-month contract, and $25,500 for a student with the Candidacy status on a 12-month contract) as well as a reduced tuition fee of only $25 per semester.
Please see the Office of Academic Admissions website for specific admissions information: http://www.augusta.edu/admissions/graduate/phd-biostatistics.php
For more information about the The Graduate School and the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology visit http://www.augusta.edu/mcg/biostatepi/.
- All students must attend departmental and other research seminars and meetings that are relevant to their biostatistics training.
- Students must publicize the results of their research through seminars, conference presentations, and/or articles in refereed (peer-reviewed) journals.
- Students with graduate assistantships are required to work with a faculty supervisor as Research or Teaching Assistants.
- Comprehensive Examination
- Research Proposal Defense
- Final Oral Exam (Dissertation Defense)
Doctor of Philosophy in Biostatistics Curriculum
The Ph.D. program is designed to be completed in 4-5 years. The curriculum for the program includes (1) formal coursework, (2) preliminary and comprehensive exams, and (3) original research conducted under the supervision of a faculty mentor that leads to a successfully defended dissertation, as specified by the policies of the Department of Biostatistics and the School of Graduate Studies.