PhD in Biostatistics

PhD in Biostatistics

The PhD in Biostatistics program at the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health combines the statistical theory and modeling strengths of IUPUI’s Department of Mathematical Sciences with the exceptional biostatistical methods research, health sciences applications, and public health experience of our own department of Biostatistics. Students benefit from a low student/faculty ratio that promotes close interaction with faculty and targeted guidance of research.

Designed for individuals with strong quantitative and analytical skills and a strong interest in biological, medical and/or health-related sciences, the 90-credit program can be completed on either a full-time or part-time basis. Students will be well prepared to contribute to research, collaboration, and consulting across a broad spectrum of health and life science problems. The program emphasizes the theory and concepts underlying statistical methods, the interpretation of results from experimental, as well as observational studies, and the practical realities of health-related studies and their analysis.

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The Biostatistics department is unique within Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis in that it resides within two schools, the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health and the IU School of Medicine. The department is home to a renowned, award-winning and connected faculty. The faculty’s research interests are varied and focused on important local and global health issues.

Biostatistics Faculty


All PhD candidates must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 90 credits that includes required biostatistics core courses, statistics electives courses, a doctoral minor, electives courses, independent studies and directed dissertation research. 


The PhD in Biostatistics focuses on four core competencies that serve as a measure of growth and criteria for assessment. 

  • Demonstrate the skill of applying advanced biostatistical knowledge needed to collaborate with health sciences investigators. 
  • Develop an appropriate statistical analysis plan in order to address the hypothesis arising from biomedical research.
  • Demonstrate ability to recognize methodological problems in biomedical research.
  • Derive improved methods as solutions to methodologic problems.


Students start the PhD program in the Fall semester. The application deadline is January 15. It is strongly recommended that all transcripts be submitted no later than December 15 to allow sufficient time for the required transcript verification process. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about the PhD in Biostatistics program with our list of frequently asked questions. 

Biostatistics Frequently Asked Questions