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Professional Science, Biostatistics Concentration, M.S.

The Biostatistics concentration in the Master of Science in Professional Science degree offers training in the statistical methods applied to medicine, biology, public health, and the development of new tools to study these areas. These methods involve using mathematics to solve real-world problems that influence health decision processes. Biostatisticians utilize their qualitative skills to work with experts in related health and physical science disciplines to analyze, evaluate, and interpret the results to better inform the field and turn complex datasets into scientifically sound, actionable findings.

Statistical areas of study include clinical trials, experimental design, categorical and longitudinal data analysis, large-scale public health data analysis, and survival analysis. Biostatistics is a rewarding career, and the application of mathematical and statistical methods in medicine and healthcare continues to grow in demand.

If you live in one of these states: AL KY; you may be able to attend MTSU at in-state rates under the Academic Common Market program.

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Agency's data portal helps grad monitor tribal health

Biostatistics M.S. alum Bryan Hendrix works as a health information technology specialist at the Tribal Epidemiology Center in Nashville for United South and Eastern Tribes Inc., a non-profit agency. The center aims to improve the health of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Hendrix's main priority is the grant-funded Population Health Data Portal. This tool helps the 26 federally recognized member tribes monitor the health of their citizens and identifies health disparities in AI/AN communities. Routine report topics include diabetes and mortality that are specific for each of the 26 area tribal nations. Trial health directors can request special reports on topics such as: maternal and child health, immunization, prescription drug use, tobacco use, hypertension, obesity, and domestic violence. "Biostatistics is an important (body of) knowledge that can improve public health," Hendrix says. Hendrix also holds a B.S. in Professional Mathematics with a minor in Information Systems.

Biostatistician involved with cancer center's drug research

David Moorman, who graduated with the Biostatistics master's degree, serves as a biostatistician for Sarah Cannon Research Institute Development Innovations. The company is a Contract Research Organization (CRO) focusing on early-phase oncology drug development in solid tumors and hematologic malignancies. Moorman's role as biostatistician is to focus on study design, data analysis, and interpretation. He learned about the Master's in Professional Science and the Biostatistics concentration during his last semester of earning his bachelor's in Mathematics with a Computer Science minor. "The master's in Professional Science program offered me a clear path to a career that has enabled me to apply both my computer programming and mathematics skills," Moorman says. "On a daily basis, I get to apply knowledge gained from the program to help advance therapies for patients."

News Briefs

Agency's data portal helps grad monitor tribal health

Biostatistics M.S. alum Bryan Hendrix works as a health information technology specialist at the Tribal Epidemiology Center in Nashville for United South and Eastern Tribes Inc., a non-profit agency. The center aims to improve the health of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Hendrix's main priority is the grant-funded Population Health Data Portal. This tool helps the 26 federally recognized member tribes monitor the health of their citizens and identifies health disparities in AI/AN communities. Routine report topics include diabetes and mortality that are specific for each of the 26 area tribal nations. Trial health directors can request special reports on topics such as: maternal and child health, immunization, prescription drug use, tobacco use, hypertension, obesity, and domestic violence. "Biostatistics is an important (body of) knowledge that can improve public health," Hendrix says. Hendrix also holds a B.S. in Professional Mathematics with a minor in Information Systems.

Biostatistician involved with cancer center's drug research

David Moorman, who graduated with the Biostatistics master's degree, serves as a biostatistician for Sarah Cannon Research Institute Development Innovations. The company is a Contract Research Organization (CRO) focusing on early-phase oncology drug development in solid tumors and hematologic malignancies. Moorman's role as biostatistician is to focus on study design, data analysis, and interpretation. He learned about the Master's in Professional Science and the Biostatistics concentration during his last semester of earning his bachelor's in Mathematics with a Computer Science minor. "The master's in Professional Science program offered me a clear path to a career that has enabled me to apply both my computer programming and mathematics skills," Moorman says. "On a daily basis, I get to apply knowledge gained from the program to help advance therapies for patients."

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Reports from the Department of Labor indicate an increasing demand for individuals with master's level training with a specialty in science. MTSU is home to the only Master of Science in Professional Science program in Tennessee and prepares "business savvy scientists" for the 21st century job market. Biostatistics master's graduates will ideally work as biostatisticians in professional settings including health careagencies; governmental agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Environmental Protection Agency; and the pharmaceutical industry.

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Emory University School of Medicine
  • Lifepoint Hospitals
  • Sarah Cannon Research Institute
  • Tribal Epidemiology Center
  • Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Tennessee
  • Tennessee Hospital Association
  • Tennessee Department of Health

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