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Applied Biostatistics Graduate Certificate

Aug. 17, 2022

Next Start Date

6

Courses Required

$759

Cost Per Credit Hour

15

Total Credit Hours

Understand & Apply Standard Statistical Techniques

Biostatistics is the science of developing and applying statistical methods needed to tackle research problems in a variety of fields – especially public health and medicine. The Applied Biostatistics Graduate Certificate, offered by the School of Public Health, is for individuals who lack formal training in biostatistics and who would like to gain skills needed to understand and apply standard statistical techniques. The certificate is designed to develop a basic understanding of standard statistical techniques, study design, data modeling and inference. This program is especially useful for clinical and translational researchers, as well as public health practitioners.

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Learning Formats

Online Courses


Start Date

August 17, 2022

Curriculum developed and taught by faculty from

WVU School of Public Health

Degree Awarded: Graduate Certificate in Applied Biostatistics

Program Details

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Students in the Applied Biostatistics Certificate program typically take one to two classes per semester. Completion of the 15-credit-hour program usually takes two years.

Coursework begins with a traditional introduction to biostatistics in which basic principles of statistical inference and data analysis are introduced, along with a corresponding computing section that demonstrates analytic tools in a practical setting using statistical software. Later courses cover regression principles and more sophisticated data analysis techniques. All of the courses incorporate important epidemiologic concepts, and an introductory course in epidemiology is recommended early in the program.

The final capstone course allows students to utilize the knowledge gained in their coursework to analyze real data of their own in a comprehensive manner. Students work on a dedicated data analysis stemming from their own research or the work of others, culminating in a final research paper. Although there are no formal class meetings, students complete the equivalent of 30 contact hours, plus assignments, by the end of the semester. A formal report or manuscript, depending on the situation of the student, is required at the end of the semester.

The primary objectives of the program are to:

  • Describe basic concepts of probability and statistical inference;
  • Demonstrate standard techniques of database management and analysis;
  • Compare and contrast study designs common to health research;
  • Recognize the primary sources of bias observed in health research;
  • Interpret appropriate inferences from data, based on strengths and limitations of major epidemiologic study designs, as well as the results of descriptive and inferential statistical analyses.

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Admissions

To be considered for the fall, students should submit their application by August 1. Completed applications are sent to the department for review. Students will receive an e-mail from the department regarding their acceptance.


Admission Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a preferred overall GPA of 3.0 (official transcripts required)
  • Essay describing previous education and experience and career objectives
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • At least two letters of recommendation
  • Computer skills are a program requirement. It is the responsibility of the student to become skilled in computer applications and to participate in the Health Sciences Center Mandatory Laptop Program.
  • Students currently enrolled at WVU should also submit the online application, but need to contact Associate Professor Christa Lilly, PhD, prior to application.
  • Complete the WVU graduate application and indicate Applied Biostatistics Certificate and submit with the processing fee.
  • Submit official school transcripts and official GRE scores to:
    WVU HSC Admissions
    64 Medical Center Drive
    1170 HSC North
    Morgantown, WV 26506
  • International students must submit to:
    Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment
    PO Box 6510
    Morgantown, WV 26506-6510

Program Contact:

Christa Lilly, MS, PhD
Associate Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
(304) 293-6515
Email: cllilly@hsc.wvu.edu

Please allow 48 hours for a response

Estimated Tuition and Fees

The Applied Biostatistics Certificate requires 15 credit hours to complete. Cost per credit hour is $759

Total Degree Cost

$11,385 – Residents and Non-Residents

The tuition shown is current for the 2021-2022 academic year. Tuition for the 2022-2023 academic year will be updated in late July.

Cost Breakdown by Credit Hours

Credits Cost
1 $759
3 $2,277
6 $4,554
9 $6,831

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Financial Aid

This graduate certificate is not eligible for financial aid.


Career Paths

Students who graduate from WVU Online with the Graduate Certificate in Applied Biostatistics may be prepared for the following careers. These are only a few examples of some of the many opportunities that will be open to you with this degree. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for some positions.

Clinical Research Coordinator
Projected Growth: 5-10%

Medical Scientist
Projected Growth: 15% or higher *Bright Outlook

Epidemiologist
Projected Growth: 15% or higher *Bright Outlook

Biostatistician
Projected Growth: 15% or higher *Bright Outlook

Statistician
Projected Growth: 15% or higher *Bright Outlook

Clinical Data Manager
Projected Growth: 15% or higher *Bright Outlook

Bioinformatics Technician
Projected Growth: 15% or higher *Bright Outlook

Bioinformatics Scientist
Projected Growth: 1-5%


Information about careers on this list comes from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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