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Biostatistics Certificate

Description of Program

A graduate Certificate in Biostatistics is offered, through the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, for Indiana University Bloomington students who are admitted to a graduate degree program. It provides a functional foundation in biostatistics, and is especially valuable to students working in public health as well as in the social, life, and physical sciences. It may also be useful for those with an undergraduate degree in public health, or in social, life, and physical sciences, who are now working towards a non-science based graduate degree, but who still utilize biostatistical techniques.


Applicants for admission to this graduate certificate program must:

  • be a currently enrolled student, admitted to a graduate degree program at Indiana University, Bloomington.
  • have a minimum cumulative IU graduate GPA of 3.0.
  • have completed SPH-Q 501, Introduction to Statistics in Public Health or an equivalent course in statistics or biostatistics.
  • submit a personal statement, describing career goals and how the Biostatistics Certificate will enable the attainment of these goals. Graduate degree program students wishing to earn this certificate should send an E-mail message requesting to be admitted, including a personal statement, to Dr. Nianjun Liu by E-mail at liunian [at] indiana [dot] edu

Students satisfying these admission criteria will be notified of an admission decision. Each admitted student will have this certificate added to her or his Indiana University academic program objective.

For additional information, contact:

Dr. Nianjun Liu
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Indiana University
1025 East 7th Street, SPH C111
Bloomington, IN 47405

Phone: (812) 855-7605
E-mail: liunian [at] indiana [dot] edu

Certificate Requirements (12 cr.)

The Graduate Certificate in Biostatistics requires successful completion of the following package of four courses totaling 12 credits. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required in all courses used in this certificate program. A minimum grade of C is required in each graded course used in this certificate program. A student earning a grade lower than a C in a required course must retake the class.

Complete each of the following courses:

  • SPH-Q 603 Categorical Data Analysis (3 cr.)
  • SPH-Q 605 Analysis of Multi-level and Longitudinal Data (3 cr.)
  • SPH-Q 612 Survival Analysis (3 cr.)
  • SPH-Q Elective course at the 600-level or above, excluding independent study courses and field experiences, or culminating experiences.

Recommended elective courses include:

  • SPH-Q 601 Experimental Analysis and Design (3 cr.)
  • SPH-Q 602 Multivariate Statistical Analysis (3 cr.)
  • SPH-Q 604 Applied Linear Regression (3 cr.)
  • SPH-Q 611 Statistical Packages in Research (3 cr.)
Special Opportunities

The Biostatistics Certificate program is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of students seeking graduate degrees in Public Health, and related programs.


Completion of this certificate program will greatly improve the research and analytical abilities of future public health professionals. Training and credentialing in advanced quantitative methods not only improves the quality of the research that graduates will conduct, but also their marketability and competiveness in the job market. For students outside IU the School of Public Health-Bloomington, these courses will provide the necessary training in to advanced biostatistical techniques and the Public Health contexts in which they are applied most frequently.

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