Key points about the program
Access Our admissions are focused on creating a broad, diverse cohort of future biostatisticians.
Innovate Build skills in the latest techniques in health data analytics.
Location Learn in the heart of the Illinois Medical District and build connections for future employment.
About the program
The field of biostatistics combines the hard data analysis found in STEM fields to the real-world problems of public health. From the efforts to decrease the impact of chronic illness to investigating toxic environmental exposures or stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS, biostatisticians are creating complex and effective statistical models to chart public health’s path forward.
At the UIC School of Public Health, our MS in Biostatistics degree is designed to be accessible to students with diverse backgrounds. Courses are tailored for students whose undergraduate study includes courses through Calculus II. Machine-learning and big data courses prepare students for today’s rapidly evolving job market. With our location in the Illinois Medical District, you can build connections to Chicagoland’s large network of hospitals and pharmaceutical companies through real-life data opportunities for students, in both teaching and RA opportunities.
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Who is a good fit for this program?
Students interested in a career in biostatistics
Immerse in cutting-edge data analysis that prepares you for both careers and PhD programs.
Students interested in quantitative sciences
Develop your quantitative skills in the fields of public health, health data analytics and pharmacy science, where your work will have a tangible impact on health outcomes for people locally and globally.
Students interested in public health
Build on your understanding of social determinants of health and population health with a deep dive into the data science that provides the backing of public health. Students may need to complete an introductory calculus course at the start of the program.
Chicago's only public research university
The University of Illinois Chicago is a Carnegie 1 research institution and one of the nation’s top federally funded public research universities. The Wall Street Journal highlights UIC as Illinois’ only university ranked ‘Best Value’ in the nation.
UI Heath is UIC’s academic health enterprise, with a 465-bed hospital, 21 outpatient clinics and 11 federally qualified health centers, all in pursuit of health equity.
Professional opportunities for biostatisticians in Chicago
Illinois Medical District
Students build connections and engage in real-world problem solving involving the public and private medical centers that make up the nation’s largest urban medical district.
The Chicagoland area is home to numerous pharmaceutical and healthcare companies, including multinational Abbott Laboratories and Baxter Healthcare.
Chicago is home to 42 hospitals, with nearly 150 other hospitals across the State of Illinois. Hospitals are in need of biostatistics experts.
The UIC biostatistics MS program helped me prepare for this position by giving me a thorough education in statistical theory and methods, as well as offering interesting courses such as Health Analytics, where I was able to learn about the applications of machine learning methods to healthcare data. I apply these skills directly to my work on a daily basis and am thankful for the high quality education I received from my UIC professors.R & D Biostatistician, Invitae Corporation|
Where our alumni work
Pharma Bristol Meyers Squibb
Schools Northwestern University School of Medicine
Gov't U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Where our alumni work, continued
Medicine Mayo Clinic
R & D Apellis
Where our alumni work, continued
Hospital Rush University Medical Center
Global Xian Jiaotong University
Public Cook County Healthcare