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Biostatistics

Saint Louis University's undergraduate major in biostatistics teaches you to manage, analyze and interpret biological and health science data. You will explore the principles of mathematics, computer programming, statistics and public health as you learn how the field of biostatistics helps improve the health of communities. 

Biostatistics at SLU

Major in Biostatistics 

SLU is one of the few universities to offer an undergraduate degree in biostatistics and the only Catholic, Jesuit university to offer the program.

If you major in biostatistics at SLU, you will  take 12 credit hours in biostatistics, 12 credit hours in computational skills, 15 credit hours in mathematics and 12 credit hours in public health. Students in the University Honors program can elect to take honors sections of major and core classes.

Biostatistics students at SLU who are interested in going on to careers in medicine can choose the pre-med track, which combines pre-med requirements with biostatistics and public health courses. You can also apply for SLU's Medical Scholars program.    

Curriculum
  • BST 3000: Intro to Stats Computing
  • BST 3100: Applied Biostatistics I
  • BST 3200: Applied Biostatistics II
  • BST 4100: Theory of Biostatistics I
  • BST 4200: Theory of Biostatistics II
  • BST 4400: Applied Data Management
  • EPI 4000: Introduction to Epidemiology
  • PUBH 2100: Introduction to Global Health
  • PUBH 3200: Evidence-Based Public Health
  • PUBH 4100: Biological Basis of Public Health
Internships and Careers

Biostatisticians can look forward to careers in a variety of settings, including government, industry and academia. The job outlook for biostatisticians is excellent, as the U.S. government has recently reported a shortage of biostatistics professionals in the public health profession. Skilled biostatisticians are needed to manage and analyze data to better understand and address the health problems facing communities around the globe.

Faculty

Classes for the biostatistics major are taught by the same faculty as SLU's Master of Public Health program. Our faculty have an "open door" policy and value being able to provide mentoring and other out-of-class help for students. All students pursuing a biostatistics major are assigned to a faculty mentor for the duration of their time at the college.


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Biostatistics students at SLU who are interested in going on to careers in medicine can choose the pre-med track, which combines pre-med requirements with biostatistics and public health courses.

Study Abroad

Serve Communities Around the World

SLU's biostatistics students are  encouraged to participate in immersion trips and to study abroad so that you may understand the realities of difficult public health issues facing people and communities around the world. You will have the opportunity to serve in communities in Mexico and Honduras or to take public health core classes at SLU's campus in Madrid, Spain.