Biostatistics (FP75)

Welcome! The Department of Family Medicine and Public Health (FMPH) offers a doctoral degree in Biostatistics. This UCSD graduate program is an interdepartmental program housed within the Department of FMPH, in the School of Medicine.

There is a growing demand for PhD-level biostatisticians in academic medical centers, in government agencies, and in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. The UCSD Biostatistics PhD program emphasizes both didactic and experiential learning. We aim to train the next generation of biostatisticians in the mathematical theory, computational skills, and inferential methods needed to analyze complex data, and to bring innovative and cutting-edge developments from the theoretical data sciences into the practical world of tools and methods for biomedical data analysis. Our program is distinguished by its interdisciplinary nature and collaboration with UCSD's world-class biomedical research environment. Our program integrates rigorous data science theory and methods, training in practical collaborative skills, and use of rich sources of data from many areas of the biomedical sciences.

Program Info

Area of Study Health Sciences
Department Biostatistics
Major Biostatistics
Degree Doctor of Philosophy
Admissions Terms Fall
Application Deadlines January 9, 2017 (Fall 2017)

Basic Requirement

Admissions Tests

GRE General Test is required.

English Proficiency Exams

(international applicants only)

A test of English language proficiency is required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is a dominant language.

The following test(s) are accepted by this department:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Letters of Recommendation

Minimum of 3 recommendations required.

Three letters of recommendation; at least two should address academic and/or professional qualifications for pursuing a PhD program in biostatistics. If more than three are received, the first three received will be reviewed.

Statement of Purpose


Your statement of purpose and objectives (1200-1500 word limit suggested) should address all of the following items:

1. Describe those experiences that have shaped your interest in biostatistics. Do you have a preferred area of interest within the biostatistics discipline?
2. Describe the one academic experience that has meant the most to you in your educational career.
3. Outline your professional goals, both immediate and long term.
4. Discuss why you are interested in the Biostatistics PhD program offered in the School of Medicine (Dept. of Family Medicine and Public Health, UCSD), the strengths you bring with you, and those areas in which you would like to increase your expertise and personal growth.
**Please specify if you have publications, work or other experience which you feel makes you more likely to succeed in this program.



Additional Requirements

1. Transcripts (official transcripts will be required if admitted into the program)
GPA >= 3.0 required for admission.

2. List of mathematics courses taken/projected as well as textbooks used

Contact Info

Campus Office Medical Teaching Facility- Rm 269
9500 Gilman Dr.
La Jolla, CA 92093
Phone 858-822-1073
Fax 858-534-4642
Mailing Address
3855 Health Sciences Drive 0901
La Jolla, CA 92093-0901