Biostatistics is one of the primary fields in the science and practice of public health, relating statistical information to concrete health issues as they affect human populations.
Biostatisticians often collaborate with public health and clinical professionals to research and analyze problems in a wide range of health sciences, providing the evidence needed to make critical clinical and policy decisions.
The most important background for biostatistics is good preparation in mathematics, especially courses in calculus and linear algebra. A first course in probability and statistics is desirable, and any applied statistics courses will be helpful. Familiarity with a statistical package (such as SAS, R, Splus, Stata, SPSS) is also desirable. Close attention will be paid to grades in quantitative courses of any kind. Verbal and quantitative GRE scores should individually be 600 or above, and many students will score well above that, especially on the quantitative portion.
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