Public Health Careers--Biostatistics

four biostatisticians working around a laptop computers Can a Pychology degree lead to a career as a Biostatitician?

You can be a Psychology major, and then pursue a career as a Biostatitician. This career will involve applying state-of-the-art statistical methods to the solution of significant public health problems. Another way to put it is that they deal with data related to living organisms and make making sense of that data. This data could involve whether a new drug is effective, what causes certain diseases, and the likelihood a person will survive a ceratain disease.

To become a Biostatitician you will need a graduate degree. Typically, you can earn a degree in Biostatistics in a College of Public Health either the Master's degree (Master of Public Health (MPH)/Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) or the Doctoral degree level (Doctor of Public Health-DrPH, Doctor of Science in Public Health-ScD, or Doctor of Philosophy-PhD). 

Master's programs in Public Health usually require 2 years of graduate school to complete your thesis research project. Doctoral training places greater emphasis on creating new knowledge through research, with Doctoral degree recipients pursuing research and/or teaching as their career goal. DrPH training places greater emphasis on the application of science to public health leadership, practice, and program development. In Biostatistics graduate programs t is likely you will pay tuition, but you need to check programs you are interested in attending to check out financial support possibilities.Both Master's and Doctoral degrees offer greater job opportunities and greater salary than a Bachelor’s degree. 

Here is a site for specific job opportunities with a Master's Degree in Public Health.

Salary Information

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the median (middle) yearly income for a Biostatistician at $84,000.

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