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Biostatistics and Health Analytics, M.S.

The 21st century is the era of "big data." Every day, we create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data — so much that 90% of the data in the world today has been created in the last two years alone. It is estimated that 30% of this data comes from the health care industry. Saint Louis University's Master of Science (M.S.) in Biostatistics and Health Analytics will not only prepare students to handle this data but also apply analytic techniques to answer important research questions related to health and health care.

Program Highlights

  • This program is designed for students interested in a field that combines quantitative reasoning, coding and scientific skills to solve problems in health and medicine. It is suited for those with strong quantitative abilities and a desire to apply mathematics, statistics, computer programming and data analysis to health-related issues.
  • An M.S. in Biostatistics and Health Analytics can prepare students for professional biostatistical careers and provides a firm academic foundation for subsequent doctoral study in statistical science.

The field of biostatistics is a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) focus area, since the field of biostatistics is a mathematically based science. In 2006, the United States launched a program to increase the number of students who receive training in STEM areas. This program will fill the need for graduates with technical abilities to analyze data and draw inferences. 

Curriculum Overview

Students take courses in public health, the theory of biostatistics, methods of biostatistics and computing. Students finish by doing a capstone project under the direction of a faculty member in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

Two Concentrations Available

Students interested in learning skills across a broad spectrum of biostatistics and data analytics can choose the traditional biostatistics concentration. Those who want to apply their skills to geospatial data can choose the geospatial health data analytics concentration. Both programs require a core set of material on biostatistics and analytics, and then each concentration has its own requirements for completion.

Fieldwork and Research Opportunities

Students will have the opportunity to do research as part of their capstone project.


Graduates of SLU's M.S. in Biostatistics and Health Analytics will be prepared to work as biostatisticians, data scientists or data analysts. The number of students in the U.S. who have received master’s degrees in biostatistics has increased by seven since 2000. 

Data scientists, biostatisticians and statisticians are often rated as among the nation's top jobs, measured in salary and job satisfaction.

Admission Requirements

Applicants should have a bachelor's degree in a science-related field, such as chemistry, biology, physics, mathematics, engineering, etc., with an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher. At least one semester of calculus and one introductory statistics course are required.


Tuition/Fee Cost Per Credit
Graduate Tuition $1,310

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The College for Public Health and Social Justice offers several ways to help finance graduate education.  Opportunities include a limited number of merit-based scholarships and graduate research assistantships.  Awards are made to applicants with the highest combinations of GPAs and test scores who complete their applications by the priority deadlines.

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Saint Louis University's College for Public Health and Social Justice is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). To see our most recent accreditation documentation, please visit the College for Public Health and Social Justice website.


Learning Outcomes Common to Both Concentrations

  • Foundations: Students should be able to apply foundational principles of probability and statistics to develop methods for estimation and hypothesis testing.
  • Analysis:  Students will develop statistical models for data and make inferences to answer research questions in public health.
  • Communication: Students will describe the process of data collection, and convey the results of statistical analysis, both orally and in writing.

Additional Learning Outcomes for Traditional Biostatistics Concentration 

  • Data and computing: Students will use the appropriate software to collect, manage, clean and analyze data.
  • Design: Students should be able to design experiments or data collection strategies to answer research questions in public health.

Additional Learning Outcomes for Geospatial and Health Data Analytics Concentration

  • Data Management: Students will collect, manage, analyze, and display geospatial health data. 
  • Spatial and Spatio-temporal inference: Students will build and analyze models to assess the health of populations across both time and geographic regions. 
Required Core Courses
BST 5020Theory of Biostatistics3
BST 5025Theory of Biostatistics II3
BST 5100Introduction to General Linear Modeling3
BST 5400Applied Data Management3
PUBH 5010Mission and Practice of Global Public Health2
PUBH 5030Methodological Approaches to Understanding Population Health3
BST 5961Master's Project3
Select one of the following:
Total Credits35

Traditional Biostatistics Concentration

BST 5030Statistical Programming and Study Planning: SAS3
BST 5200Survival Data Analysis3
BST 5210Categorical Data Analysis3
BST 5500Statistical Learning3

Geospatial Health Data Analytics Concentration

GIS 5010Introduction to Geographic Information Systems3
BST 5600R for Spatial Analysis3
BST 5610Spatial Epidemiology and Disease Mapping3
BST 5450Data Visualization3


BST 5220
Multilevel and Longitudinal Data Analysis
BST 5230
Bayesian Statistics
BST 5420
Sampling Theory and Survey Design in Public Health
BST 6100
Causal Inference
GIS 5030
Geospatial Data Management
SOC 5670
Spatial Demography – Applied Spatial Statistics
GIS 5120
Geospatial Analytics

Continuation Standards

Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 in all graduate/professional courses.

Roadmaps are recommended semester-by-semester plans of study for programs and assume full-time enrollment unless otherwise noted.  

Courses and milestones designated as critical (marked with !) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation. Transfer credit may change the roadmap.

This roadmap should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor/mentor each semester. Requirements, course availability and sequencing are subject to change.

Geospatial Health Data Analytics Concentration

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
BST 5020 Theory of Biostatistics 3
BST 5400 Applied Data Management 3
BST 5450 Data Visualization 3
BST 5025 Theory of Biostatistics II 3
BST 5100 Introduction to General Linear Modeling 3
BST 5600 R for Spatial Analysis 3
PUBH 5030 Methodological Approaches to Understanding Population Health 3
Year Two
BST 5610 Spatial Epidemiology and Disease Mapping 3
PUBH 5010 Mission and Practice of Global Public Health 2
BST 5XXXBiostatistics Elective 3
GIS 5010 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 3
BST 5961 Master's Project 3
 Total Credits35

Traditional Biostatistics and Health Analytics Concentration 

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
BST 5020 Theory of Biostatistics 3
PUBH 5030 Methodological Approaches to Understanding Population Health 3
BST 5400 Applied Data Management 3
BST 5025 Theory of Biostatistics II 3
BST 5030 Statistical Programming and Study Planning: SAS 3
BST 5100 Introduction to General Linear Modeling 3
Year Two
BST 5200 Survival Data Analysis 3
BST 5210 Categorical Data Analysis 3
BST 5500 Statistical Learning 3
BST 5961 Master's Project 3
PUBH 5010 Mission and Practice of Global Public Health 2
ElectiveBiostatistics Elective chosen in consultation with mentor 3
 Total Credits35

Apply for Admission

For additional admission questions please contact:
Bernie Backer
Director of Graduate Recruitment and Admissions