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Biostatistics Education Programs

  1. 1. Biostatistics EducationBiostatistics Education ProgramsPrograms PHPM Department RetreatPHPM Department Retreat 10/9/200810/9/2008
  2. 2. MotivationMotivation  NationallyNationally  Biostatistics is an essential part of interdisciplinaryBiostatistics is an essential part of interdisciplinary and translational research.and translational research.  Biostatisticians are in high demand in academia,Biostatisticians are in high demand in academia, industry, governmentindustry, government  At OHSUAt OHSU  The demand for biostatistics collaboration andThe demand for biostatistics collaboration and support has increased dramatically in past decadesupport has increased dramatically in past decade  Biostatistics Division in PHPM has played a key roleBiostatistics Division in PHPM has played a key role in writing and winning many (large) grantsin writing and winning many (large) grants  Biostatistics recently recognized as priority area forBiostatistics recently recognized as priority area for growth at universitygrowth at university
  3. 3. Evidence of NeedEvidence of Need  Shortage of PhD and masters-preparedShortage of PhD and masters-prepared biostatisticians nationallybiostatisticians nationally  Shortage at the masters level particularly acute atShortage at the masters level particularly acute at OHSUOHSU  No biostatistics degree program in OregonNo biostatistics degree program in Oregon  MPH in Epi/BiostatMPH in Epi/Biostat  Masters programs in Informatics (tangentially related)Masters programs in Informatics (tangentially related)  MS Statistics at PSUMS Statistics at PSU  PhD Statistics at OSUPhD Statistics at OSU  Schools of Public Health must have biostatisticsSchools of Public Health must have biostatistics training programs!training programs!
  4. 4. GoalGoal  To offer graduate level biostatistics program(s)To offer graduate level biostatistics program(s) at OHSU that provide strong theoreticalat OHSU that provide strong theoretical foundation, grounded in applied problems in thefoundation, grounded in applied problems in the health-sciences.health-sciences.  Students will be able to design, perform andStudents will be able to design, perform and interpretinterpret advanced and emergingadvanced and emerging statisticalstatistical methods required in basic, clinical andmethods required in basic, clinical and population sciences.population sciences.
  5. 5. Degree PossibilitiesDegree Possibilities  Masters of Science in BiostatisticsMasters of Science in Biostatistics  MPH in BiostatisticsMPH in Biostatistics  Masters in ___ with concentration inMasters in ___ with concentration in BiostatisticsBiostatistics  Certificate in BiostatisticsCertificate in Biostatistics  PhD in BiostatisticsPhD in Biostatistics
  6. 6. MS in BiostatisticsMS in Biostatistics  Traditional 2-year programTraditional 2-year program  Calculus pre-requisiteCalculus pre-requisite  Options to meet this requirement upon acceptanceOptions to meet this requirement upon acceptance (summer Q before start)(summer Q before start)  Target audienceTarget audience  Students applying to general statistics programs inStudents applying to general statistics programs in OR who desire career in health sciencesOR who desire career in health sciences  Students applying to biostatistics program regionallyStudents applying to biostatistics program regionally (CA, WA, etc)(CA, WA, etc)  Local and regional research professionals looking forLocal and regional research professionals looking for career advancementcareer advancement  Others?Others?
  7. 7. MS in BiostatisticsMS in Biostatistics  ProsPros  Existing MPH biostatistics coursesExisting MPH biostatistics courses  Leverage courses in other programs (PSU Math/Stat,Leverage courses in other programs (PSU Math/Stat, Informatics)Informatics)  Highly marketable degree for graduatesHighly marketable degree for graduates  ““Our students” – recoup revenueOur students” – recoup revenue  Additional electives for MPH (and other) studentsAdditional electives for MPH (and other) students  Students to work on statistical methodology researchStudents to work on statistical methodology research with facultywith faculty  Should lead to PhD program (future).Should lead to PhD program (future).
  8. 8. MS in Biostatistics – cont.MS in Biostatistics – cont.  Cons:Cons:  Some theory classes to be developed or negotiatedSome theory classes to be developed or negotiated  Some electives need to be developed (although weSome electives need to be developed (although we have a jump on this already)have a jump on this already)  Faculty time required for developmentFaculty time required for development  Faculty time required for teaching new coursesFaculty time required for teaching new courses  Internal/external approvals and/or accreditation mayInternal/external approvals and/or accreditation may take time.take time.  Student scholarship and recruitment strategies willStudent scholarship and recruitment strategies will need to be implementedneed to be implemented
  9. 9. Certificate in BiostatisticsCertificate in Biostatistics  One year programOne year program  Could (often would) be taken in conjunction withCould (often would) be taken in conjunction with another degree program at OHSUanother degree program at OHSU  Target audiencesTarget audiences  K-awardees at OHSUK-awardees at OHSU  Students enrolled in other OHSU/OGI programsStudents enrolled in other OHSU/OGI programs  Students enrolled in programs at other universities inStudents enrolled in programs at other universities in OR (?)OR (?)  Working professionals (post-masters level)Working professionals (post-masters level)
  10. 10. Certificate in BiostatisticsCertificate in Biostatistics  Pros:Pros:  Faster/easier to get approvedFaster/easier to get approved  Will largely utilize existing MPH coursesWill largely utilize existing MPH courses  Leverage courses in other programsLeverage courses in other programs  Proposed electives of wide interestProposed electives of wide interest  Electives can benefit other OHSU programsElectives can benefit other OHSU programs  Can be used to launch the MS programCan be used to launch the MS program  Or vice versaOr vice versa
  11. 11. Certificate in BiostatisticsCertificate in Biostatistics  ConsCons  Variation in focus and rigor in certificateVariation in focus and rigor in certificate programs in USprograms in US  Some cover statistical theory, many are verySome cover statistical theory, many are very appliedapplied  May wind up with more people in the “sameMay wind up with more people in the “same old classes”.old classes”.  Unclear how having certificate would impactUnclear how having certificate would impact students’ marketabilitystudents’ marketability
  12. 12. MS BiostatisticsMS Biostatistics Potential Course of Study – Year 1Potential Course of Study – Year 1  Foundations or pre-requisite course (if needed, summer)Foundations or pre-requisite course (if needed, summer)  Estimation/Testing (Biostat I)Estimation/Testing (Biostat I)  Probability/Distribution TheoryProbability/Distribution Theory  Intro to Medical TerminologyIntro to Medical Terminology  Epidemiology IEpidemiology I  Linear Models (Biostat II)Linear Models (Biostat II)  Mathematical Statistics IMathematical Statistics I  Experimental DesignExperimental Design  Epidemiology IIEpidemiology II  Categorical Data Analysis (Biostat III)Categorical Data Analysis (Biostat III)  Mathematical Statistics IIMathematical Statistics II  Clinical Trial Design and AnalysisClinical Trial Design and Analysis  Biology course or Foundations of Public HealthBiology course or Foundations of Public Health Fall Winter Spring
  13. 13. MS BiostatisticsMS Biostatistics Potential Course of Study – Year 2Potential Course of Study – Year 2  Variety of possible electives – Spatial Statistics/GIS (summer)Variety of possible electives – Spatial Statistics/GIS (summer)  SASSAS  General Linear/Mixed ModelsGeneral Linear/Mixed Models  Computational Biology (Infor)Computational Biology (Infor)  Bayesian StatisticsBayesian Statistics  Survival AnalysisSurvival Analysis  Statistical ConsultingStatistical Consulting  Electives – Boostrapping, Classification methods, ClusteringElectives – Boostrapping, Classification methods, Clustering  Seminar in Advanced/Emerging methodsSeminar in Advanced/Emerging methods  Statistical Consulting Capstone ProjectStatistical Consulting Capstone Project  Longitudinal Analysis / Time SeriesLongitudinal Analysis / Time Series  ElectivesElectives  Complex Survey Design, Simulation, Pattern Imaging methods,Complex Survey Design, Simulation, Pattern Imaging methods, Econometric modelsEconometric models Fall Winter Spring
  14. 14. Implementation IdeasImplementation Ideas  Implement certificateImplement certificate  then MSthen MS  Implement MSImplement MS  then certificatethen certificate  Go with a whole different plan?Go with a whole different plan?  Link development of new biostatistics programsLink development of new biostatistics programs with non-thesis option of Epi/Bio MPH?with non-thesis option of Epi/Bio MPH?
  15. 15. Comments? Questions?Comments? Questions? Discussion?Discussion?

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