Biostatistics - Certificate

Program Contacts

Program Director

Dante A. Verme


Please note: This program is no longer accepting new students.

The mission of the Biostatistics Program is to educate graduate students in developing the necessary methodological and quantitative skills to successfully apply statistical methods to the biological, biomedical and health services sciences. In addition to enhance students' capacity to think critically and creatively, we are determined  to deepen their commitment to improving the public's health, to engaging in and promoting public service – qualities that  are essential for future biostatisticians and public health practitioners.


The goals of the Biostatistics Program are to ensure that graduates:

  • Understand and adhere to high scientific standards for research;
  • Understand how to apply statistical methods to biological/biomedical sciences and health services
  • Understand and follow guidelines for ethical treatment of research participants;
  • Communicate research findings to a lay audience; and
  • Respect cultural diversity throughout all of the above.

Program Requirements

  1. Graduate Credit Requirement.  18 graduate credits are required.
  2. Graduate Credit Requirement for students enrolled concurrently in a GWSPH Degree Program.  12 credits are required.
  3. The Program Director/Advisor must pre-approve all course selections and course sequencing by developing a “program of study” prior to the student’s initial registration.  Graduate Certificate students meet with their advisor each semester before registration. All changes in this program of study must be pre-approved by the Program Director/Advisor.
  4. Course Requirements.  Since most graduate certificate students are currently enrolled in an MPH program or have previously earned a graduate degree, most course credits will be selected from the program-specific course list.  Under no circumstances may a certificate student enroll in fewer than 9 credits of program-specific courses.
  5. Grade Point Requirement.  A 3.0 (B average) overall grade point average or better is required.
  6. Time Limit Requirement. The certificate must be completed within 2 years.
  7. Transfer Credit Policy.   The Program Director/Advisor may approve up to 4 graduate credits that have not been applied to a previous graduate degree to be transferred to the graduate certificate.  The course(s) must be relevant to the graduate certificate.  Credits must have been earned from an accredited institution in the last 3 years with a grade point of 3.0 or better.

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