The University of Maryland is offering a PhD program concentrating in Biostatistics and Bioinformatics starting in the 2017-2018 academic year. The new program combines resources from the Mathematics Department and the School of Public Health.

DNA methylation resultsWe are excited to announce our new Biostatistics/Bioinformatics (STAT-BB) program, which is jointly offered with the Department of Mathematics. STAT-BB is operated by the Statistics program within the Department of Mathematics in conjunction with faculty from the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics (EPIB) at UMD, Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (CBCB) at UMD, and Division of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (DBB/SOM at UMB). Together, STAT and EPIB faculty makes program admissions decisions, academic policies, and qualifying exams.

Students may select their courses and research area to form an individual plan of study under the guidance of a faculty member from STAT, EPIB, CBCB at UMD or DBB/SOM at UMB. This program accommodates students' individual backgrounds and interests and offers the opportunity to select courses to supplement the core coursework. Students in this program will have opportunities to work on research projects directly with the faculty from the participating programs.

The Mathematics Department describes this program on their website.

How to Apply

The application process is managed by the Department of Mathematics for the STAT-BB program and handles correspondence with applicants. Those applying for admission must indicate their interest to enter the STAT-BB program and the appropriate specialization (e.g., STAT-BB with a sub-specialization in EPIB). Applicants interested in the Biostatistics/Bioinformatics concentration must apply to the STAT program through the University of Maryland's online application system, described below. Be sure to indicate your interest in STAT-BB. Do not apply through SOPHAS.  

The University of Maryland's Graduate School accepts applications through the Hobson's Apply Yourself Application System. Before completing the application, applicants are asked to check the Admissions Requirements website for specific instructions and additional requirements. Applications will be reviewed under rolling admissions.

Specific admissions requirements can be found on the Biostatistics & Bioinformatics website.

Contact Information

For more information on the STAT-BB program or admissions contact statgrad@umd.edu and put "STAT-BB" in the subject line. 

Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics STAT-BB coordinator: Dr. Xin He (xinhe@umd.edu)