Biostatistics (PhD)

College of Public Health

University of Georgia
N130 Paul D. Coverdell Center for Biomedical and Health Sciences
Athens, Georgia

Department Contact Information


Graduate Coordinator

Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Christopher Whalen

BS Miller Hall, 101 Buck Road


University of Georgia

Athens, Georgia


The primary objective of the Ph.D. program in biostatistics is to provide students with the foundations to develop new and innovative biostatistical methods for applications in public health and biomedicine. Student completing the program are trained in core biostatistical methods, design of experiments and public health surveys, recent developments in biostatistical research, statistical computing, biostatistical consulting, probability, and mathematical statistics. The Faculty of Biostatistics have expertise in bioinformatics, biomarker data, data mining, causal modeling, classifier development and validation, covariate measurement error models, ecological momentary assessment, environmental statistics, experimental design, high dimensional data analysis, longitudinal data analysis, machine learning, medical diagnostic testing, missing data problems in clinical trials, nonparametric methods, recurrent events analysis, ROC curves, semiparametric regression, spatial epidemiology, spatial statistics, statistical genetics and survival analysis.

Students receiving a Ph.D. in Biostatistics should meet the following competencies:
1. Demonstrate a command of core biostatistical techniques, including their computation, theoretical underpinnings, and their application in public health and biomedicine.
2. Work independently as a collaborator with public health and biomedical researchers to design clinical trials, case-control studies, public health surveys, and other experimental and observational studies.
3. Conduct and publish original research on the theory and application of biostatistics aimed at developing new and innovative methods for analysis of public health and biomedical data.
4. Communicate effectively with investigators in public health and biomedical research.
5. Teach biostatistics to undergraduate students in public health, biomedicine, and related fields.
6. Demonstrate and practice ethical research as it pertains to data management, analysis, and interpretation.
7. Critically review the statistical literature, and the statistical content of the public health and biomedical literature.
Students will achieve those competencies through course work, collaboration with researchers in biomedicine and public health, and completion of a dissertation under the mentorship of Biostatistics faculty.

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