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Biostatistics - Introduction

Introduction to the Biostatistics Specialization


Biostatistics is the application of statistics to problems in the biological sciences, this includes biomedical science, pharmacology, and ecology. Statistical genetics and bioinformatics are also in the scope of Biostatistics.

The scope of Biostatistics is very wide, encompassing Environmental Statistics, which concerns the study of the environment in which humans and animals live, as well as processes that influence it such as  pollution, as such, Environmental Statistics is highly relevant to pollution monitoring and control  strategies.

The intersection between Statistics and the Biological Sciences has long been a productive source of research. Now with recent advances in biotechnology and genomics and the recent push for more sustainable development, Biostatistics has only become more prominent. The deluge of data generated on a daily basis by biological scientists holds great potential for very fruitful research.


This specialization’s objective is to produce professionals proficient in Statistical Data Analysis with knowledge of the biological sciences and capable of analyzing data generated from research in the biological sciences.

Specific areas of research include: Design and Analysis of Clinical Trials, Analysis of Disease Risk
Factors, Survival Analysis, Environmental Monitoring and Impact Assessment, Spatial Statistics,
Time-Spatial Series Analysis, Population Dynamic Analysis.

Objective-oriented Courses

Environmental Economics

Statistics Courses

Mathematical Statistics
Linear Models
Non-parametric Statistics
Survival Analysis
Sampling Theory
Multivariate Analysis
Time Series Analysis
Categorical Data Analysis
Longitudinal Data Analysis