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Quantitative Biomedical Sciences

Quantitative Biomedical Sciences Graduate Degree Programs

Director: James O’Malley, PhD
Co-Director: Diane Gilbert-Diamond, ScD
Curriculum Director: Kristine A. Giffin, PhD

Program Director-Operations and Marketing: Shaniqua Jones: MBA

Program Coordinator: Rosemary White

To view Quantitative Biomedical Sciences courses, click Quantitative Biomedical Sciences.

 

Requirements for a Doctoral Degree (Ph.D.) in Quantitative Biomedical Sciences (QBS)

Modern biomedical research relies on both multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches. Multidisciplinary approaches bring several different scientific disciplines such as bioinformatics and genetics to bear on a research question. Interdisciplinary approaches synthesize knowledge and methods from other disciplines to provide an integrated framework for solving complex biomedical problems in new ways.

The rapid advancement of high-throughput technologies such as DNA microarrays and mass spectrometry for measuring biological systems and their application as part of translational medicine has generated a significant demand for investigators doing cutting-edge research in quantitative disciplines such as bioinformatics, biostatistics and epidemiology. Those with the greatest impact are cross-trained in multiple disciplines giving them the ability to synthesize and integrate several disciplines to provide a truly interdisciplinary approach to solving complex biomedical problems.

The goal of the Graduate Program in Quantitative Biomedical Sciences (QBS) is to prepare PhD students for careers at the intersection of biomedical research and quantitative sciences such as bioinformatics, biostatistics and epidemiology.

The requirements for the PhD degree in Quantitative Biomedical Sciences are as follows:

  • Satisfactory completion of an introductory seminar, QBS 110: Integrative Biomedical Sciences Seminar, QBS 100: Molecular Basis of Human Heath and disease (may test or place out), and QBS149: Introductory Statistics Course (may test out).
  • Two quarters of bioinformatics (Foundations to Bioinformatics I and II), two quarters of biostatistics (Foundations of Biostatistics I and II), and two quarters of epidemiology (Foundations of Epidemiology I and II).
  • Three first year research rotations that will consist of three small research projects, conducted with different faculty members for periods of about three months each, and registered research each quarter until the completion of the PhD.
  • Satisfactory completion of 3.5 units of approved graduate level elective courses (~4 electives).
  • One quarter of supervised teaching in a QBS course.
  • Participation in a weekly journal club for the first 3 years or 9 journal club courses before the completion of the PhD.
  • Satisfactory completion of an oral qualifying examination.
  • Satisfactory completion of a significant research project and preparation of a thesis describing this research.
  • Successful defense of the thesis in an oral examination and presentation of the work in a public lecture.

 

QBS Masters Degrees

Health Data Science

Health Data Science students have access to interdisciplinary courses positioning individuals to have competitive advantages for careers in Big Data, healthcare and biomedicine that translate to academia and industry.The requirements for the M.S degree in Health Data Science can be found HERE.

Epidemiology

The QBS Masters of Science degree in Epidemiology provides training in epidemiologic methods, biostatistics, bioinformatics, data analysis and translational research. Graduates will have competencies in the theory and application of epidemiologic methods to complex problems in population health. The requirements for the M.S degree in Health Data Science can be found HERE.