Master of Science in Biostatistics & Epidemiology (MSc BE)

Duration: 2 years (four semesters)

Eligibility: Candidates having BA/BSc degree in Statistics/Mathematics/Economics/Allied Health or having BA/BSc or bachelor’s degrees in medicine, engineering, or from arts and sciences who have studied mathematics or statistics in their undergraduate course work.

Course delivery

Pedagogy: lectures, practicum, field work, assignments, internship, modular delivery

Assessment: continuous formative evaluation, presentations, analytical assignments, reports

Overview of the course

The Master of Science in Biostatistics & Epidemiology course will prepare students in biostatistical methods for study design, data analysis, statistical reporting, data management, statistical reasoning and reporting. Graduates of the programme will be prepared for careers as biostatisticians in a variety of professional environments including government, academics, healthcare, research organizations and industry.

Biostatistics involves the theory and application of statistical science to address issues in health sciences, including medicine and public health. It uses quantitative research methods for analysing health problems. Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of health-related states or events (including disease), and the application of this study to the control of diseases and other health problems. It is a quantitative discipline built on the research disciplines of probability science and statistics. It involves methods of causal reasoning based on developing and testing hypotheses pertaining to the occurrence and prevention of morbidity and mortality. Methods developed by biostatisticians and epidemiologists are used to plan population surveys and to optimally design interventions to collect data which allow valid conclusions to be drawn. Biostatisticians and epidemiologists play a role in designing research studies, monitoring data quality, analysing data, interpreting the results and making inferences based on the data.

Career prospects

  • Biostatisticians are sought after in a variety of professional settings including government and non-governmental sectors.
  • Pharmaceutical, academics and healthcare industry
  • Research positions in international agencies