Applied Biostatistics Certificate

The Applied Biostatistics Certificate is designed for those individuals who lack formal training in biostatistics and would like to gain skills needed to understand and apply standard statistical techniques. It is an online program that is available to practitioners and students at WVU and elsewhere.

The primary objectives of the program are to:

  • Describe basic concepts of probability and statistical inference
  • Demonstrate standard techniques of database management and analysis
  • Compare and contrast study designs common to health research
  • Recognize the primary sources of bias observed in health research
  • Interpret appropriate inferences from data based on strengths and limitations of major epidemiologic study designs as well as the results of descriptive and inferential statistical analyses  

Those interested in a certificate include clinical and translational researchers at different levels in their careers (faculty, fellows, residents, basic scientists) and public health practitioners in West Virginia and beyond. Interested individuals should have a desire to be more self-sufficient with their research, specifically knowing basic study design principles, analyzing their data and interpreting their results.  

The entire curriculum is offered both online and in person, making it accessible to individuals from a variety of backgrounds, locations and experiences. The program takes advantage of existing course technology where courses are taught in a synchronous fashion. The instructor lectures in class, and the lecture (along with associated PowerPoint slides or other files such as SAS programs) is broadcast online. Video or audio of the lecture is archived and available on the course site for access at any time. All course notes, homework, programs, etc. are available online, and the instructor is available in a number of formats (online chat, email, phone) to accommodate distance-learning students.

Applied Biostatistics Certificate Program students usually take one class per semester. Completion of the program typically takes two years. Students pay tuition at the standard School of Public Health per-credit rate. Please visit the School of Public Health financial information for current rates.

Learn about the application process.