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Earn your Degree in Biostatistics and Data Science

The Department of Data Science at the University of Mississippi Medical Center offers Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees in Biostatistics and Data Science, and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Analytics.

Unlike most data science schools, we are focused on population health and are housed in the John D. Bower School of Population Health – one of the nation's first schools dedicated to population health – along with the Departments of Preventive Medicine and Population Health Science. The Department of Data Science has fused statistical theory, effective communications skills, and epidemiology to new Data Science fields to successfully graduate leaders in this dynamic field of study. 

Biostatistics student and faculty in classroom

Our programs cover several relevant topics:

  • Analytics is composed of the analysis of data, typically big data, using mathematics, statistics, computational stats, and software programs and statistical packages, including R, SAS, and Stata.
  • Biostatistics develops and applies methods for accurate interpretation of biomedical and population health data. Biostatistics is a broad discipline involved in the design, analysis, and translation of study data as well as the development of methods to ensure and understand the quality of such data and analyses.
  • Data Science is an emerging field encompassing processes and systems for extracting knowledge and insights from data. With its interdisciplinary approach that combines aspects of statistics, computer science, data mining, applied mathematics, predictive analytics, and visualization, data science aims to turn vast amounts of data into actionable evidence.
  • Bioinformatics & Genomics analyzes a broad range of biological data, including genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, and epigenomics, to investigate the molecular and environmental basis of human health traits and diseases.