Leverage Statistical Analysis to Generate Biomedical Insights
Next start date
September 28, 2016
Biostatisticians play an essential role in converting raw biomedical data into applied knowledge. They work at the intersection of public health and biomedical research to design studies, shape government policy, train researchers and develop new methods for analyzing biological data.
In this three-course certificate program, you’ll learn how to employ statistical concepts to answer important scientific questions. Using either R or Stata software, we’ll apply different techniques for analyzing data sets from scientific and medical research. Develop the ability to process and interpret the results of statistical analyses common in biomedical research.
Scientists and researchers who use biostatistics in their work.
Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree and experience working with scientific data. In addition, applicants must be familiar with scientific, biologic or medical terminology and must be comfortable with algebraic manipulations, logarithms and exponential functions. An understanding of basic pre-calculus math is required.
If you're not a native English speaker, you’ll need to have basic English language skills to participate in this program. To learn more, see English Language Proficiency Requirements.
Because this certificate program is 100 percent online, no visa is required and international students are welcome to apply. For more information, see Admission Requirements for International Students.
Students must have reliable access to a computer (Mac or PC) with a recent operating system, current Web browser and a high-speed Internet connection, along with a phone (landline or cell). A statistical software package is required, either Stata (available for purchase) or "R" (available for free).
You earn the certificate by regularly attending class and successfully completing all required courses. For more information, see Completing Your Program.
You’ll complete a data analysis project demonstrating the skills you learned.
By completing this certificate program, you may be able to earn up to 12 graduate credits. If you don’t plan to pursue a graduate degree, choose the noncredit offering. See Noncredit & Credit Options.
Complete the courses listed below to earn the certificate. You may be able to take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program; check the course pages for details.
Medical Biometry I
Medical Biometry II
Medical Biometry III
Certificate in Applied Biostatistics
Approved by the UW Department of Biostatistics.
View this program's advisory board.
Each of our programs uses an advisory board to review content, guide design and recommend updates to ensure the program remains current as the field of study evolves. By tapping the minds of the top thinkers, doers and leaders in the field, we offer a transformational learning experience. The following individuals serve as the advisory board for this program.
Rovy Branon, Vice Provost, UW Educational Outreach
David Henderson, Ph.D., Director of Scientific Computing, Sage Bionetworks
Tim Hesterberg, Ph.D., Insightful Corp.
Jay Jones, Statistician, Weyerhauser Corp.
Bruce Wier, Ph.D. Chair, Department of Biostatistics
Download the application form (PDF)
Apply online, or submit an application packet that includes:
We’re currently accepting applications and will be reviewing them in the order they’re received. We’ll accept applications until the program closes.
We’ll contact you within two weeks of receiving your application materials to let you know if you’ve been accepted to the program.
If you’re accepted, we’ll send you details about your first-term course, including information on paying your course fee. Your course fee is due two weeks before the first class.
With the exception of the one-time application fee, certificate program fees are charged on a quarterly basis. Payment is due when you register.
Course fees do not include any costs for class materials such as textbooks and software.
Drops, Withdrawals & Refunds
Course fees do not include any costs for class materials such as textbooks and software. The technology fee is based on the number of credits you are taking. It is not charged during summer quarter.
Courses are offered 100 percent online. The flexible online format allows you to access course content wherever you are. Lessons, assignments and other course materials are delivered through a Web-based learning management system, such as Canvas or Moodle, which also serves as a hub for communicating with your instructors and classmates. You are expected to complete assignments by their due dates. Some online class sessions require real-time attendance and participation, while others are prerecorded and can be viewed at any time.
Our special blended programs combine the convenience of online study with the vibrancy of in-person classes for a unique learning experience.
Not available for this program
Attend class in person at one of our convenient locations. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. An online learning management system may be required to access some course materials and assignments.
Associate Professor, Biostatistics