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Quantitative Analysis for Scientific Research

Penn State College of Medicine is part of a select group of higher education institutions offering a PhD program in Biostatistics.

Technological advances in areas such as imaging, high throughput omics, and electronic medical records constantly add demand for graduate training in Biostatistics.

Along with the ever-growing datasets and constantly changing platforms and structures, skilled quantitative analysts — PhD-level biostatisticians — are needed to develop new means of uncovering key scientific discoveries from the data.

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The objectives of the PhD in Biostatistics program are to train students in the theory, methodology, and application of biostatistics.

The 31-credit PhD program is offered primarily as a full-time degree program, and can be completed in four years of full-time study.

The required courses are offered by faculty in the Penn State College of Medicine Department of Public Health Sciences and taught on the college's Hershey, PA, campus.

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Applicants to the Biostatistics PhD program will need to have completed some graduate-level coursework in mathematical and applied statistics from a recognized graduate program.

In addition, all applicants must have completed a bachelor's degree program at an accredited U.S. college or university, or its equivalent in another country, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

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Penn State College of Medicine offers housing in its University Manor East or University Manor West apartments to full-time students, residents, postdoctoral scholars and visiting scholars.

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Penn State College of Medicine's primary campus is located in Hershey, Pa. The area provides numerous diverse and delicious dining experiences, sports, concerts and entertainment, and is a short drive away from the Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington, DC, metro areas.

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