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Public Health’s Division of Biostatistics Announces New Scholarships for Master of Science Students

Beginning in the fall 2021 semester, the Division of Biostatistics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health Sciences will provide partial scholarships to its graduate students. Students accepted and who choose to matriculate full time in the ten-month, 33-credit Master of Science (M.S.) in Biostatistics program will be granted an award, which will be valued at $7,500.

“The purpose of the scholarships is to remove financial barriers for students who wish to pursue the M.S. in Biostatistics degree,” said J. Sunil Rao, Ph.D., professor and director of the Division of Biostatistics in the Department of Public Health Sciences. “The program is intended to foster innovative thinking in biostatistics research and practice, as well as to support students as they apply biostatistical skills in real-world settings while in their graduate studies.”

“Well-equipped, trained biostatisticians will help governments, organizations, and health care industries to track progress and make sure decisions are evidence-based and supported by better data and statistics,” added Tulay Koru-Sengul, Ph.D., M.H.S., research associate professor and graduate director of the M.S. in Biostatistics degree program in the Department of Public Health Sciences.

Dr. Koru-Sengul also adds that as the demand for individuals with knowledge in data analysis has rapidly increased, graduates of the program enter the workforce ready to excel in the sought-after jobs.

“Our graduates learn to fully integrate applied biostatistics into decision making in medicine, biological and public health sciences,” she adds. “There has never been a better time than right now, in the midst of a data revolution, for studying biostatistics that offers tremendous opportunities for graduates.”

The M.S. in Biostatistics— accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health—is an applied ten-month program intended for quantitatively oriented students seeking training in applied biostatistics. The program emphasizes applications and understanding of statistical concepts supported with statistical computational skill-building rather than pure theoretical and mathematical principles. The program is meant to be a degree to provide students with the necessary background for applying good biostatistical practices in real-world settings.

Students will gain practical skills that can be applied immediately to a variety of data settings, which include, but are not limited to, the biological life sciences, public health, medical studies, health services research.

“A degree in Biostatistics offers a great return on investment right after graduation given that the annual salaries are proved to be strong even for new graduates,” said Dr. Koru-Sengul. “Our diverse faculty, research profiles, and our great city of Miami welcome students who want to be a part of a team that harnesses data for a better future for us all.”

For more information, please contact Andria Williams, M.B.A, director of admissions at the Department of Public Health Sciences, at (305) 243-0291 or at alw157@miami.edu.

To learn more about the degree, visit the M.S. in Biostatistics webpage or apply to the degree application here.

Written by Amanda Torres
Published on February 3, 2021