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Doctoral Programs

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Offered By: Department of Biostatistics

Onsite | Full-Time | 5 years

About the PhD in Biostatistics Program

The PhD in Biostatistics provides training in the theory of probability and statistics in biostatistical methodology. The program is unique in its emphasis on the foundations of statistical reasoning and data science. Students complete rigorous training in real analysis-based probability and statistics, equivalent to what is provided in most departments of mathematical statistics and in advanced data science.

PhD candidates are required to pass a comprehensive written examination covering coursework completed at the end of their first year. Research leading to a thesis may involve development of new theory and methodology, or it may be concerned with applications of statistics and probability to problems in public health, medicine or biology.

PhD in Biostatistics Program Highlights

Conduct and publish original research

on the theory and methodology of biostatistics

Apply innovative theory and methods

to the solution of public health problems

 

Serve as an expert biostatistician

on collaborative teams of investigators addressing key public health questions

 

Teach biostatistics effectively

to health professionals and scientists as well as to graduate students in biostatistics

What Can You Do With a PhD In Biostatistics?

Sample Careers

  • Assistant Professor
  • Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Data Scientist
  • Statistician
  • Biostatistician

Curriculum for the PhD in Biostatistics

Browse an overview of the requirements for this PhD program in the JHU Academic Catalogue and explore all course offerings in the Bloomberg School Course Directory.

Admissions Requirements

For general admissions requirements, please visit the How to Apply page. This specific program also requires:

Prior Coursework

Calculus and linear algebra; accepted applicants are also strongly encouraged to take real analysis before matriculating

Standardized Test Scores

Standardized test scores are not required and not reviewed for this program. If you have taken a standardized test such as the GRE, GMAT, or MCAT and want to submit your scores, please note that they will not be used as a metric during the application review. Applications will be reviewed holistically based on all required application components.

Vivien Thomas Scholars Initiative

The Vivien Thomas Scholars Initiative (VTSI) is an endowed fellowship program at Johns Hopkins for PhD students in STEM fields. It provides full tuition, stipend, and benefits while also providing targeted mentoring, networking, community, and professional development opportunities. Students who have attended a historically Black college and university (HBCU) or other minority serving institution (MSI) for undergraduate study are eligible to apply. To be considered for the VTSI, you will need to submit a SOPHAS application, VTSI supplementary materials, and all supporting documents (letters, transcripts, and test scores) by December 1, 2022. VTSI applicants are eligible for an application fee waiver, but the fee waiver must be requested by November 15, 2022 and prior to submission of the SOPHAS application.

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Tuition and Funding

Admitted PhD students are automatically considered for full funding, including five years of full tuition coverage, a paid research assistantship and individual health insurance.

Contact Us

Questions about the program? We're happy to help. 

Academic Program Manager
Mary Joy Argo
410-614-4454
margo1@jhu.edu