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The Ph.D. program in Biostatistics at The University of Iowa will produce biostatisticians who can develop biostatistical methodology that can be utilized to solve problems in public health and the biomedical sciences. 


The Biostatistics program from The University of Iowa requires competency in the theory of statistics and probability, in introductory and advanced biostatistical methods and theory, and in fundamentals of epidemiologic study design. The doctoral dissertation will be the culminating experience in the Ph.D. program. 

Graduates of the doctoral program will have written a doctoral dissertation which focuses on the development of a new methodology or on the innovative application of biostatistical methods to a health sciences research problem.

Graduates of the Ph.D. program will be in a position to:

  • Demonstrate an increased level of knowledge and understanding of current statistical theory, methods, and practices in the health sciences
  • Develop new statistical methods
  • Design, manage data, analyze and interpret data from a variety of experimental and observational studies
  • Communicate research findings, including new statistical methods developed, effectively to various audiences in writing and through oral presentation

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Bayesian Methods and Design
  • Likelihood Theory and Extensions
  • Survival Data Analysis
  • Theory of Linear Models/Generalized Linear Models
  • Longitudinal Data Analysis
  • Advanced Topics in Biostatistics

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  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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79 alternative credits


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General requirements

  • All applicants must hold a bachelor's degree, have a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 3.00, and have taken the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test. Applicants whose first language is not English must submit official test scores to verify English proficiency. 
  • Applicants can verify English proficiency by submitting official test scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). 
  • They must score at least 100 (internet-based) on the TOEFL. Applicants with lower scores are not considered for admission. In place of TOEFL scores, the department accepts IELTS scores of 7.0 or higher, with no subscore below 6.0.

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1187 - 1841 USD /month
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