Why should I pursue a PhD in Biostatistics?
There is strong demand for PhD-level biostatisticians in
academic medical centers, in government agencies, and in the
pharmaceutical and biotech industries. Biostatistics graduate programs
rank highly among the PhD granting institutions of Statistics or
Biostatistics listed in US News and World Report rankings, with three of
the top five programs being Biostatistics programs. The UCSD degree
will be distinguished by its close integration of training in rigorous
data science theory and methods, training in practical collaborative
skills, and use of important data from many areas of the biomedical
How should I decide between a degree in Bioinformatics vs Biostatistics?
While the areas of Bioinformatics and Biostatistics
have some overlap, they appeal to different students and they lead to
very different training. The students in Bioinformatics are required to
have an engineering or biological sciences background; students in
Biostatistics are required to have a mathematical and statistical
background and often also are familiar with clinical research or public
health. Bioinformatics primarily uses tools from computer science for dealing with and processing high-throughput data with an emphasis on ‘omics. Biostatistics has
a unique emphasis on rigorous, reproducible and quantifiable inference.
It uses modeling approaches from mathematical statistics and
probability to identify rigorous and efficient approaches to all kinds
of data. Biostatistics is useful in complex settings where there is a
temporal or spatial component, where there are correlated variables, or
where data are pooled across related experiments or studies. Use of
formal biostatistical principles can often identify more powerful
approaches to data analysis and can quantify the uncertainty associated
with inference from data.
How should I apply for a Phd in Biostatistcs at UCSD?Do you have a minimum GRE requirement?
Thank you for your interest. Applications will be accepted October 1, 2015- January 9, 2016.
Please apply at: https://apply.grad.ucsd.edu/home
We do not have a minimum GRE score requirement for admission. We do
not screen applications by GRE scores; scores are interpreted in the
context of the entire application. However, the applicant pool is very
competitive with very competitive GRE scores.
Are TOEFL scores required?
TOEFL scores are required of international students, unless a student
has or is expecting to receive a BS or MS from a U.S. university or from
an institution where the primary language is English.
How many students do you admit?
We plan to admit 4-6 students each admission cycle.
Do you accept MCAT scores as a substitution for GRE?
No. We only accept GRE scores.
What kind of courses/background make for a strong applicant?
Our PhD program has a fairly rigorous mathematical statistics
requirement: 6 of our required courses are taught in the mathematics
dept. Hence, an undergraduate or MS degree that emphasizes math would be
a huge strength. Here are some upper division math undergrad courses
taught at UCSD that we would consider adequate training for admission to
102, 120, 140ABC, 170, 181AB