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.
Application Fee Waivers: We are able to offer a limited number of application fee waivers. Learn about the eligibility criteria and how to apply for a waiver.
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?
- Assistant Professor
- Postdoctoral Fellow
- Data Scientist
For general admissions requirements, please visit the How to Apply page. This specific program also requires:
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, 2023. VTSI applicants are eligible for an application fee waiver, but the fee waiver must be requested by November 15, 2023 and prior to submission of the SOPHAS application.
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.
Need-Based Relocation Grants
Students who are admitted to PhD programs at JHU starting in Fall 2023 or beyond can apply to receive a $1500 need-based grant to offset the costs of relocating to be able to attend JHU. These grants provide funding to a portion of incoming students who, without this money, may otherwise not be able to afford to relocate to JHU for their PhD program. This is not a merit-based grant. Applications will be evaluated solely based on financial need. View more information about the need-based relocation grants for PhD students.