January 23, 2017

Starting this Fall 2017, the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics (EPIB) will offer a new joint doctoral program concentrating in biostatistics and bioinformatics with the Department of Mathematics. Bioinformatics, or the science of analyzing complex biological data by developing and using computational tools and techniques, is deeply intertwined with biostatistics, or the science addressing the theory and methods to describe, analyze and interpret health data. These important and rapidly growing fields of research, in which the new doctoral program will provide essential training, have broad applications in public health, medical and biological research.

This concentration is directed by the Statistics (STAT) program within the Department of Mathematics and includes faculty from STAT, EPIB, the Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (CBCB) at UMD and the Division of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (DBB/SOM at UMB). Students in the program will be able to select specialized courses in biostatistics (e.g., categorical data analysis; applied survival data analysis; and longitudinal data analysis) and bioinformatics (e.g., bioinformatic algorithms, databases and tools; computational genomics; and computational systems biology) based on personal backgrounds and interests.

Admissions decisions will be made by STAT and EPIB faculty. However, the Department of Mathematics will communicate with applicants. Unlike for other EPIB graduate programs, interested applicants should apply to the University of Maryland Graduate School online application system--not SOPHAS--and specify their interest in the STAT-BB doctoral program with a sub-specialization in EPIB. Applications will be reviewed under rolling admissions.

Further details on how to apply and program requirements can be found on the EPIB and Department of Mathematics websites or by contacting the STAT program at statgrad@deans.umd.edu.