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Program Chair: Lisa Lix

Graduate Secretary: sph.admissions@usask.ca

Phone: 306-966-1649

School of Public Health
U of S Health Sciences Building
107 Wiggins Road
Saskatoon SK CAN   S7N 5E5

The Biostatistics Program provides a first-class graduate training for students who aim to develop their career as biostatisticians in academia, government and industry. The course work is designed to provide us with a solid background in statistical theory and its application to problems in biomedical sciences. I have also gained communication skills needed to present statistical results to different audiences. Being a collaborative program, faculty members have expertise in different research areas and are engaged in a wide range of research projects from which students can develop their research topics. The program provides an interdisciplinary environment which stimulates learning and collaboration with program faculty on various clinical and population health research projects. I am fascinated by the opportunity to develop leadership skills needed to be a statistical collaborator on large scale research projects in the future. I highly recommend this program to others.

Tolulope Sajobi
Vanier Scholar and PhD student

Biostatistics

Biostatistics is the study of statistical techniques applied to medical, biological and agricultural data. Applications arise in areas such as public health, clinical medicine, veterinary medicine, health services, and occupational/environmental health.

The Biostatistics Program is a collaborative venture of the School of Public Health, Department of Community Health and Epidemiology, and Department of Mathematics and Statistics. Through classroom participation, laboratory sessions, biostatistical consulting opportunities with core faculty members, and research, MSc and PhD students will have opportunity to explore developments in theoretical statistics and the application of this theory in the life sciences. 

The program provides students with opportunities to study and conduct research in such areas as:

  • Design and analysis of clinical trials
  • Longitudinal data analysis
  • Analysis of complex survey data
  • Measurement error models
  • Computational statistics
  • Multivariate statistics

FUNDING AND SCHOLARSHIPS

There are a limited number of scholarships for students enrolled in the collaborative Biostatistics Program. These scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit.

Through the College of Graduate Studies and Research, the University of Saskatchewan offers a wide of range of awards and scholarships to help students succeed in their programs.

For information on the dean’s scholarship program and other financial awards offered by the College of Graduate Studies and Research visit www.usask.ca/cgsr.

Students should also discuss with their faculty advisors the opportunities that exist to apply for Tri-Council funding or other external awards.

 

For admission and degree requirements, please see  the University Catalogue.

M.Sc. +

The program prepares MSc graduates for positions that require expertise in data management, study design, and statistical modelling.

After completing the program, graduates will be able to:
• Demonstrate proficiency in statistical theory;
• Apply statistical theory to problems in the medical, biological, and agricultural sciences;
• Collaborate on research teams;
• Address problems involved in the collection and management of data; and
• Participate actively in the drawing of conclusions from data analysis and in the presentation and writing of research reports and papers.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • A four-year BSc or BA degree from a recognized university in one of the following disciplines: mathematics, statistics, applied statistics, biostatistics, quantitative psychology, or any other discipline with a strong background in mathematics or statistics.
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 75% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study.
  • International applicants must meet the English proficiency requirements set forth by the college

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS


 

Ph.D. +

The program prepares PhD graduates to assume faculty or other research-oriented positions in academic institutions or to take leadership positions in organizations that conduct health-related research. After completing the program, graduates will be able to:

  • Develop new statistical methods using existing theory or apply existing statistical methods to address problems in the medical, biological, and agricultural sciences;
  • Collaborate on research teams;
  • Take a leadership role in study design, data management, statistical analysis, and interpretation of study results; and
  • Be proficient in both the oral and written presentation of research results.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Thesis-based M.Sc. in a relevant program - mathematics, statistics, applied statistics, biostatistics, quantitative psychology, or another discipline with a strong background in mathematics or statistics
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 75% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study.
  • International applicants must meet the English proficiency requirements set forth by the college

To be eligible for admission as a PhD student, an applicant must have taken the following courses (or equivalents) during his/her MSc program: CHEP 800.3 (Epidemiology I), STAT 850.3 (Mathematical Statistics and Inference), and PUBH 842.3 (Current Topics in Biostatistics and Statistical Applications).