Curriculum

The Master of Biostatistics degree, a professional degree awarded by the Duke University School of Medicine, requires 44 credits of graded course work, a practicum experience, a qualifying examination, and a master’s project for which 6 units of credit are given.

Tracks and Timeline

There are three separate tracks in the Master of Biostatistics program. These include:

 Emphasizes collaborative science and will typically include statistical electives and the application of statistical methods.

MB - Clinical and Translational Research Track Emphasis

 

Emphasizes computation and will typically include statistical electives and additional coursework selected from topics such as workflow best practices, software tools for large biomedical data sets, and data structures and algorithms for data-intensive applications.

MB -Biomedical Data Science Track Emphasis

Emphasizes preparation for doctoral study in mathematically sophisticated programs and will typically include methodologically-oriented statistical electives and demonstrated proficiency (either in coursework or by placing out) in real analysis.

MB - Mathematical Statistics Track Emphasis

Practicum

All candidates for the Master of Biostatistics degree are required to complete a practicum. The practicum is an experiential learning opportunity. The main goal of the practicum is to allow students to develop their analytic ability, biological knowledge, and communication skills. The practicum is typically completed during the summer after the first year, but can be completed during the second year.

Qualifying Examination

All candidates for the Master of Biostatistics degree are required to pass a written Qualifying Examination demonstrating their mastery of fundamental concepts acquired through completion of the first-year core courses (BIOSTAT 701 – 706 inclusive). Students are expected to take the Qualifying Examination after completing the first year of study in the program and prior to beginning their elective coursework.

Master's Project (two semesters, totaling six credits)

All candidates for the Master of Biostatistics degree are required to complete a Master’s Project. Completed in the second year, the two-semester Master’s Project serves to demonstrate the student's mastery of core statistical concepts and the practice of biostatistics. Ten courses (BIOSTAT 701, 702, 703, 704, 705, 706, 721, 722 or 821, 801, 802) constitute 26 credits that are required for all degree candidates.

Note: The Core foundational courses are required of all degree-seeking students. Full-time Master of Biostatistics students will select five three-credit elective courses during the second year of study.

Course Planning

Year 1:
A total of 26 graded coursework credit hours. 

Fall

Spring

Summer

BIOSTAT 701 (3)

BIOSTAT 704 (3) or 709 (3)

Qualifying Examination (covers content from  BIOSTAT 701-706)

Practicum (may be completed at any point after the first year)

BIOSTAT 702 (3)

BIOSTAT 705 (3)

 

BIOSTAT 703 (3)

BIOSTAT 706 (3)

 

BIOSTAT 703L (0)

BIOSTAT 722 or BIOSTAT 821 (3)

 

BIOSTAT 721 (3)

BIOSTAT 802 (1)

 

BIOSTAT 801 (1)

 

 

Total: 13 credit hours

Total: 13 credit hours

 


Year 2:
A total of 24 credit hours. The Master’s project (6 hours) plus graded coursework credit hours (18 hours). Students will work with the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) to determine course selection. 

Fall Spring
BIOSTAT 720 (3) BIOSTAT 720 (3)

+ 3 of the following:

BIOSTAT 707 (3)

BIOSTAT 710 (3)

BIOSTAT 713 (3)

BIOSTAT 719 (3)

BIOSTAT 823 (3)

BIOSTAT 906 (3)

BIOSTAT 911 (3)

BIOSTAT 914 (3)

BIOSTAT 915 (3)

MATH 531 (3)

MATH 590-3 (3)

MATH 731 (3)

+ 3 of the following:

BIOSTAT 708 (3)

BIOSTAT 709 (3)

BIOSTAT 714 (3)

BIOSTAT 718 (3)

BIOSTAT 824 (3)

BIOSTAT 905 (3)

MATH 531 (3)

MATH 731 (3)

Computational Biology (3):

Any 500 and 600 level except 510S, 511, or 591

Computer Science (3):

Any 500 and 600 level

Statistical Science (3):

Any 500 level except 501s Any 600 level except for 693

Any 700 level except for 701S, 790, 791

Any 800 level except for 851

Any 900 level except for 993, 994, and 995

Computational Biology (3):

Any 500 and 600 level except 510S, 511, or 591

Computer Science (3):

Any 500 and 600 level

Statistical Science (3):

Any 500 level except 501s Any 600 level except for 693

Any 700 level except for 701S, 790, 791

Any 800 level except for 851

Any 900 level except for 993, 994, 995 

Total: 3 required credit hours plus 9 elective credit hours Total: 3 required credit hours plus 9 elective credit hours

 

Year 1: 
A total of 26 graded coursework credit hours. 

Fall

Spring

Summer

BIOSTAT 701 (3)

BIOSTAT 704 (3)

Qualifying Examination (covers content from  BIOSTAT 701-706)

Practicum (may be completed at any point after the first year)

BIOSTAT 702 (3)

BIOSTAT 705 (3)

 

BIOSTAT 703 (3)

BIOSTAT 706 (3)

 

BIOSTAT 703L (0)

BIOSTAT 722 or

BIOSTAT 821 (3)

 

BIOSTAT 721 (3)

BIOSTAT 802 (1)

 

BIOSTAT 801 (1)

 

 

Total: 13 credit hours

Total: 13 credit hours

 

 

Year 2:
A total of 24 credit hours. The Master’s project (6 hours) plus graded coursework credit hours (18 hours).

Fall

Spring

BIOSTAT 720 (3)

BIOSTAT 720 (3)


+ 3 of the following:

Biostatistics:

BIOSTAT 707 (3)

BIOSTAT 710 (3)

BIOSTAT 713 (3)

BIOSTAT 719 (3)

BIOSTAT 823 (3)

BIOSTAT 906 (3)

BIOSTAT 911 (3)

BIOSTAT 914 (3)

MATH 531 (3)

MATH 731 (3)

+ 3 of the following: 

Biostatistics:

BIOSTAT 708 (3)

BIOSTAT 709 (3)

BIOSTAT 714 (3)

BIOSTAT 718 (3)

BIOSTAT 822(3)

BIOSTAT 824 (3)

BIOSTAT 905 (3)

MATH 531 (3)

MATH 731 (3)

Computational Biology (3):

Any 500 and 600 level except 510S, 511, or 591

Computer Science (3):

Any 500 and 600 level

Statistical Science (3):

Any 500 level except 501s

Any 600 level except for 693

Any 700 level except for 701S, 790, 791.

Any 800 level except for 851

Any 900 level except for 993, 994, and 995

Computational Biology (3):

Any 500 and 600 level except 510S, 511, or 591

Computer Science (3):

Any 500 and 600 level

Statistical Science (3):

Any 500 level except 501s

Any 600 level except for 693

Any 700 level except for 701S, 790, 791.

Any 800 level except for 851

Any 900 level except for 993, 994, and 995

Total: 3 required credit hours plus 9 elective credit hours

Total: 3 required credit hours plus 9 elective credit hours