The Department of Biostatistics offers a PhD degree in biostatistics through the UAB Graduate School. This program provides a balance between theory and application, the perspective being the role of statistics and modeling in scientific research. Apply Here.
There is a growing interest in medical schools in developing the clinical research skills of faculty members and fellows. This interest has been fueled by increased support from the NIH to prepare such individuals to meet the demand for clinical investigators in the field. Locally, the Schools of Medicine and Public Health have combined efforts to create a training program for young faculty members and fellows from a variety of disciplines.
The MPH degree in biostatistics is intended primarily for those persons who wish to acquire an MPH degree with an emphasis in statistical methodology. This can include individuals from decision-making positions in health care settings as well as those interested in data management, statistical analyses and interpretation, and presentation of analytical results. Note that the MPH does not require some of the theoretical courses required for the MS, and as such, it is not a direct route to prepare a student for a PhD. Students anticipating that they will wish to continue for a PhD are advised to pursue the MS rather than the MPH.