Epidemiology and Biostatistics, MS

Phone: 216.368.7567
Tara Hannum, MA

Degree: Master of Science (MS)
Field of Study: Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Program Overview

The Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences offers a revolutionary new, Master of Science (MS) Program in Biostatistics (and a BS/MS paired with any BS major), a discipline in high and exploding demand. The program can be done intensively in 11 months, or at a slower pace to finish in 1.5 or 2 years. Part-time students are welcome to do the program at their preferred pace! The program was designed after extensive interviews were conducted with a wide array of potential employers to make sure our graduates will have the edge in a marketplace that has been rapidly changing, while also prepared to continue in a PhD program. More and more, biostatisticians are expected to have familiarity with the area of application. The CWRU MS Biostatistics program reflects these new needs. Students may elect to take the program part-time and complete it at their own pace.

Picture yourself saving and improving lives:

  • Analyzing data from health studies to determine the best treatment
  • Working with data from millions of patients
  • Identifying genes linked to specific diseases
  • Using data to develop instruments to measure latent constructs like psychosocial well-being

There are four tracks our students can choose from Biostatistics, Genomics & Bioinformatics, Health Care Analytics, and Social & Behavioral Science.

Students do internships at leading academic medical centers and research centers, at the National Institutes of Health and in industry. Graduates are going on to jobs at leading health institutions and getting funded PhD slots at top Universities.

General Requirements

Students must satisfy the requirements of the School of Graduate Studies as stated here, as well as those outlined by the Biostatistics program. The MS program in Biostatistics offers “Plan B”, as defined by the CWRU School of Graduate Studies. For Plan B, the student must successfully submit and pass their written internship/practicum project.

Important Note: The program information contained on this page is current as of July 1st, 2022. For the most current information, we advise you to review the MS in Biostatistics program handbook. You can find the most recent Program Handbook here.

For current CWRU undergraduate students: The MS in Biostatistics program is an eligible program for those seeking a BS/MS Integrated Programwhich allows for the completion of both a BS (any major) and an MS in Biostatistics in 4 – 5 years. This program is intended to be an honors graduate program for highly motivated and qualified BS students who wish to pursue an advanced degree. Students admitted to the Program may, in their junior and/or senior year, take up to nine credit hours of graduate courses that will count toward both BS and MS requirements. Students interested in the BS/MS program must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and 75 completed credit hours of coursework, but less than 90 completed credit hours (i.e. obtained Senior status).

Graduate Policies

For graduate policies and procedures, please review the School of Graduate Studies section of the General Bulletin.