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Biostatisticians are more statisticians than biologists who work with researchers to design studies that may show the pattern of a disease, the effectiveness of treatments, or a given health issue’s impact on the community. They figure out the best way to collect data and then use mathematics to study what they’ve collected. Their work helps to define and answer the questions that ultimately lead to advances in disease prevention and treatment.

The University of Vermont offers online certificates of Graduate Study in Public health, a Master’s in Public Health degree program, and degrees in Biostatistics.

Salary Range: $55,000 – $165,000

Salary Notes: A median salary is currently $72,000 per year. The average salary in Vermont is $76,000.

Where you can study:
Brown University [1], Providence, RI
Boston University [2], Boston, MA
University at Albany SUNY [3], Albany, NY
University of Massachusetts [4], Amherst, MA
University of Vermont College of Medicine [5], Burlington, VT
University of Vermont Dept. of Mathematics and Statistics [6], Burlington, VT

Where you might work:
– Colleges and Universities – Government Agencies – Health Care Organizations – Pharmaceutical Companies – State and Local Health Departments

Job Outlook: Job opportunities for statisticians in general are expected to remain good, with more employment available to well-qualified statisticians with a master’s degree or doctorate.

Education, Licensing and Certification: Typically a master’s level is the minimum education required for a biostatistician. Undergraduate work should include calculus, matrix algebra, computer programming and a major in statistics.

Professional Organizations:
American Association of Bioanalysts, Board of Registry [7] 314-241-1445
American Public Health Association [8] 202-777-APHA
American Statistical Association [9] 703-684-1221
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) [10] 800-232-4636
International Society for Clinical Biostatistics [11] (Denmark) +45 26 82 79 70
Society for Clinical Trials [12] 215-320-3878

The Council on Education for Public Health [13] maintains an excellent website for students interested in undergraduate or graduate degrees in public health, including which schools are accredited. 202-789-1050