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2010-2011 Georgia Health Sciences University Catalog 
2010-2011 Georgia Health Sciences University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Doctor of Philosophy with a Major in Biostatistics

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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.

Career Opportunities

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.

Financial Support

Students accepted into the program will be considered for Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA), which includes a stipend, a reduced tuition rate of $25/semester, and single-person health insurance coverage through the GHSU Student Group Health Insurance plan. A limited number of GRA packages will be awarded on a competitive basis to applicants with exemplary qualifications.

Admission Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree or equivalent in a subject with substantial mathematics content
  • Official transcripts of all post-secondary education
  • Verification of official transcripts from foreign colleges and universities by an approved transcript evaluation service
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Minimum TOEFL score of 550 paperbased, 213 computer-based, or 79 Internet-based, for students whose first language is not English.
  • Personal Statement

Competitive Profile

The competitive applicant for the MS and PhD program will have the following qualifications:

  • Possession of a baccalaureate or higher degree in the mathematical sciences, or in a closely related discipline with rigorous training in calculus and matrix algebra.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA on all undergraduate and graduate coursework of at least 3.3
  • Computer literacy
  • Minimum GRE general test score of 1100 (sum of verbal and quantitative sections)
  • A strong personal statement

When to Apply

The application deadline is February 1st. Applications received after this date will be considered on a space-available basis. Submission of all required application materials by the deadline is strongly advised, especially for applicants who wish to be considered for a GRA or GA package.

How to Apply

Apply online at or contact

Office of Academic Admissions
170 Kelly Building–Administration
Georgia Health Sciences University
Augusta, Georgia 30912-7310
: (706) 721-2725
Toll free
: 1-800-519-3388
: (706) 721-7279


For more information about the College of Graduate Studies and the Department of Biostatistics visit

Other Requirements

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.
Qualifying Examination
Candidacy 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) qualifying 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.

First Year

Second Year

Third Year

Fourth Year

Fall - Semester Total: 9

*STAT 9xxx - Elective Credit Hours: 3

Spring - Semester Total: 9

*STAT 9xxx - Elective Credit Hours: 3

Summer - Semester Total: 9-12

Fifth Year

Fall - Semester Total: 9-12

Spring - Semester Total: 9-12

Program Total: 132-141