Applied Biostatistics (Online)

MS in Applied Biostatistics

The MS in Applied Biostatistics is designed for those wanting a competitive edge in a fast-growing professional field.

Biostatisticians play a critical role in a research team to help study design, quantitative data acquisition, management and analysis, interpretation, and presentation of research findings in biomedical and public health research fields. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field of biostatistics has a projected growth rate of 33% from 2019-2029. With a degree in applied biostatistics, you will be prepared for a career in public or private health organizations, government health organizations, hospitals, universities, pharmaceutical companies, and health insurance companies, among others.

Program Highlights
  • You will work with faculty on cutting edge projects such as identifying causal gene and biological networks related to human complex diseases; identifying novel drug targets with integration of genomic and microbiome studies; and developing novel prevention strategies for metabolic diseases.
  • You will participate in a field practical training with 200 hours of either practical research projects with CGU faculty or an outside internship experience.
  • You will learn appropriate statistical approaches to analyze biomedical/public health data and gain practical experience in interpretation and communication of biostatistical concepts and pivotal aspects of student design, data management/analysis, results, and conclusions.
  • You will develop solid programming and data management skills using common statistical software packages for data analysis.

Program At-a-glance

  • 38 units

    required units

  • MS in Applied Biostatistics

    degree awarded

  • Online


  • Spring, Summer, Fall

    program start

  • 5 semesters | full time*

    estimated completion time

    7-9 semesters | part time

    estimated completion time

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Regina Wang Lee

Director of Recruitment for the School of Community & Global Health



  • Portrait of Bin Xie

    Bin Xie

    Professor of Community and Global Health
    Director of the Applied Biostatistics (MS) program

    Research Interests

    Obesity prevention; Tobacco control; Diet, physical activity, body image in adolescents; Psychological adjustment to obesity; Diabetes and cancer; Application of statistical analysis in prevention research

  • Portrait of Jessica DeHart

    Jessica Clague DeHart

    Associate Professor of Community and Global Health

    Research Interests

    Epidemiology, chronic disease, cancer etiology, cancer survivorship, molecular and genetic epidemiology, lifestyle intervention trials, exercise, nutrition, quality of life, community-based interventions

  • Portrait of Rachaline Napier

    Rachaline Napier

    Clinical Associate Professor of Community and Global Health

    Research Interests

    Global Health, Epidemiology

  • Portrait of Darleen Peterson

    Darleen V. Peterson

    Professor of Practice, Community and Global Health
    Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
    Director of the Certificate and Master of Public Health (MPH) programs

    Research Interests

    Evaluation of Health Communication Campaigns, Effects of Pro- and Anti-Tobacco and Alcohol Marketing; Public Health Education Accreditation

  • Yusuke Shono

    Yusuke Shono

    Assistant Professor of Community and Global Health

    Research Interests

    Application of theories and models of cognitive processes; Implicit cognition and health behavior; Cognitive screening in clinical settings; Application of latent variable modeling in applied research; Measurement and validation in cognitive, behavioral, and health outcome assessment


Core Courses (30 units)

  • Biostatistics (4 units)
  • Epidemiology (4 units)
  • Data Analysis (4 units)
  • Research Methods (4 units)
  • Categorical Data Analysis (4 units)
  • Multilevel and Longitudinal Data Analysis (2 units)
  • Statistical Programming with R (2 units)
  • Statistical Methods in Modern Genetics and Epidemiology (4 units)
  • Supervised Field Practical Training and Consultation (2 units)

Elective Courses (8 units)

  • Applied Survey Data Analysis (2 units)
  • Mediation and Moderation Analysis (2 units)
  • Advanced Statistical Method II (4 units)
  • Statistical Methods in Genome-wide Association Studies in the Post-GWAS Era (4 units)

Application Guidelines

Requirements Summary

Item Description
Application Fee $80
Official Transcripts Yes
Letters of Recommendation 3
Statement of Purpose Yes
Resume Yes
Academic Prerequisites Undergraduate/graduate grade point average of 3.00 or higher from an accredited college or university. The school encourages applicants who have taken at least one undergraduate course in mathematics, statistics or biostatistics, computer science, or other related fields to apply.
Other Requirements English proficiency exam

Spring 2024
Priority Deadline – November 1, 2023
Final Deadline (International) – November 15, 2023
Final Deadline (Domestic) – December 1, 2023
Classes begin – January 16, 2024

Summer 2024
Priority Deadline – February 1, 2024
Final Deadline (International) – March 1, 2024
Final Deadline (Domestic) – April 1, 2024
Classes begin – May 13, 2024

Fall 2024
Priority Deadline – February 1, 2024
Final Deadline (International) – July 5, 2024
Final Deadline (Domestic) – August 1, 2024
Classes begin – August 26, 2024

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Cost & Aid

Program 38 units
Tuition per unit* $2,020

*Based on 2023-2024 tuition rates.


$245 Student Fee
$150 Technology Fee
International Student Services Fee*: $661 fall semester, $776 spring semester
**Applies to all international students (F-1 visa only) who are registered in coursework, doctoral study, or continuous registration. The fee is assessed each fall and spring semester for annual ISO accident and sickness plans and administrative fees. Subject to change.

For estimates of room & board, books, etc., please download CGU’s Cost of Attendance 2022-2023 .

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