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  1. The University of Texas - Houston Health Science Center School of Public Health Robert J. Hardy, PhD UT-Houston

  2. Careers in Biostatistics Robert J. Hardy, PhD University of Texas-Houston School of Public Division of Biostatistics

  3. Graduate Programs in Biostatistics

  4. What Is Biostatistics? • Applies mathematics, statistics, computational biology, and computer science to biological, biomedical and public health research. • Plays a key role in the design, implementation and data analysis of research studies. • Develops new statistical methods to address emerging problems.

  5. Historical Example of Applications of Mathematics to Study Health Problem • Bernoulli (Daniel) • D’Alembert • Laplace • Others What would be the impact eliminating smallpox as a cause of death would have on the population structure?

  6. Impact eliminating smallpox as a cause of death • Mortality in a population can only be observed in the presence of all competing causes of death • Mathematics was required to extract information about what cannot be observed Since smallpox epidemics were rampant, mathematical models were needed to address the problem.

  7. Today this Topic is Referred to as the Analysis of Competing Risks of DeathorSimply“Competing Risks”For r Competing Risks of Death:h(t) = h(t;1) + h(t;2) + … + h(t;r) Instantaneous force of mortality or hazard rate Additive cause-specific forces of mortality

  8. Competing risks of death applied to other problems • Death due to motor vehicle accidents • Deaths due to AIDS • Multiple causes of product failure

  9. The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston • UT School of Public Health is one of six schools within The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston • Housed in the Texas Medical Center --- the largest medical complex in the world • 18 health care institutions and six supporting organizations, including The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and Baylor College of Medicine • Five regional School of Public Health campuses: • Austin, Brownsville, Dallas, El Paso, and San Antonio

  10. Biostatistics Division Degrees • Master of Science (MS) • 2 years to complete (includes a sequence of courses in basic statistical theory and methods, research design, and data analysis) • Minor in a field other than biostatistics • Master of Public Health (MPH) • Basic professional degree in public health with concentration in biostatistics • Doctors of Philosophy (PhD) - post MS or direct admit from BS • Requires at least two additional years beyond the master level program • Emphasizes advanced statistical theory and application, statistical consulting, and independent research • Two minors in fields other than biostatistics • Dissertation

  11. Biostatistics Research (examples) • Bioinformatics and statistical genetics. • Occupational and environmental exposures in the etiology of adult leukemia. • Inter-uterine growth through ultrasound measurement. • Analysis of infant mortality in developing countries. • Queuing models for emergency medical services. • Stochastic modeling of movement through the health care system. • Health effects of air pollution. • Analysis of health services utilization and health care technology assessment.

  12. The Coordinating Center for Clinical Trials The Coordinating Center conducts large-scale multicenter clinical trials in: • Cardiovascular cell therapy research • Parkinson’s disease • Early treatment of retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) • Antihypertensive and lipid lowering treatment to prevent heart attack • High dose barbiturate therapy • … and many others

  13. Biostatistics Faculty • 22 Full-time UTSPH faculty members • Biostatistics Division Faculty members from other UTSPH divisions • Faculty members from outside institutions with joint appointments • Faculty research interests and curriculum vitae are available on the division website

  14. Dr. Barbara C. Tilley, Ph.D. Lorne Bain Professor & Director, Division of Biostatistics Research: Clinical trials, Parkinson's Disease, health disparities research, minority health, and movement disorders

  15. Careers in Biostatistics • Statisticians were recently ranked number 3 among the best occupations in the U.S, conducted by • Career opportunities • Academia, Industry, and Government • Examples • Pharmaceutical industry • Management consulting firms • Computer software companies • Chemical industry • Medical research centers • Schools of Public Health • Government agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, Center for Disease Control, state and local health agencies, and the World Health Organization

  16. Computing Resources • The school operates its own computer facility, including high-performance computing resources. • Numerous desktop computers for student use are located throughout the building and in the computer laboratory. • A Computer Services staff is available to aid students in using the equipment, the various analytical and data management software packages, and the large library of health information research databases.

  17. Admission Requirements and deadlines • MS Program • Undergraduate degree in statistics, mathematics, computer science, or one of the physical, biological, or social sciences • At least an overall B average (on a 4.0 system) in prior academic work • MPH Program • Should have strong interest in public health applications and in quantitative methods • PhD Program • M.S. degree in the theory and applications of biostatistics or its equivalent is required • Minimum prerequisites: calculus and linear algebra Fall -February 1 Spring -August 1

  18. How to apply Visit to complete the online application for the Schools of Public Health Application Service. • Make sure all supporting documents for the SOPHAS online application are submitted to SOPHAS.  • Two letters of recommendation. • All post-secondary and professional school transcripts (Transcripts from non-US institutions will need to be verified by the World Education Services (WES) or Education Credential Evaluators (ECE) and submitted directly to SOPHAS. A course-by-course transcript evaluation is required.) • GRE Scores. (GRE scores may be waived for applicants holding doctoral letter degrees or ECFMG certification). Please visit

  19. Financial Support Following financial support available on a competitive basis. • Training Grant Program* • $20,969 per year stipend plus tuition • Dean’s Scholarship Program* • $5,000 per year stipend+ • Teaching Assistantships** • $20,000 per year stipend+ • Research Assistantships** • $15,000 per year stipend+ *US citizens or permanent residents only **No citizenship required +Provides eligibility for in-state tuition {paid by student}

  20. Tuition and Fees • In-state tuition and fees • 12 months (9 hours in the fall and spring semesters and 6 hours in the summer semester) • basic fees: less than $6,300 (does not include mandatory health insurance). • Out-of-state tuition and fees  • 12 months: $17,000 • Competitive scholarships greater than $1,000 and traineeships allow non-resident students to qualify for in-state tuition.

  21. University of TexasSchool of Public Health Office of Student AffairsThe University of Texas School of Public Health1200 Herman Pressler, RAS E-201Houston, TX 77030 Phone: (713) 500-9032Fax: (713) 500-9068email: