What will I learn?

The Theory and Methods track (TM) provides comprehensive training in biostatistician theory and techniques for individuals seeking positions as statisticians in health-related research within a biomedical, clinical, or laboratory setting. It also provides the necessary academic preparation for those who wish to pursue PhD-level training in biostatistics at a later date. The program's mathematical emphasis gives graduates a deeper foundation in statistical methods than the traditional MPH degree.

The length of the 36-credit program varies with the background, training, and experience of individual students. Most complete the program within two years (four semesters) and begin their studies in the fall semester. Students also have the option of starting in the summer.

In addition to fulfilling their course work, all TM students complete a one-term practicum and capstone experience. The practicum experience is an important element of the TM training, as it provides students with the opportunity to apply knowledge learned in the classroom to real-world situations and offers a taste of future career opportunities.

Which department am I in?

Mailman School of Public Health

Study options

Full Time (36 credit hours)

Tuition fees
USD $1,774 per credit hour
Start date

Expected May, September 2022


Columbia University

116th Street, 2960 Broadway,

New York,

10027, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements:  The minimum TOEFL score expected is 600 (written) or 250 (computer version).

For international students

Applicants should have some background in college mathematics, including at least a year of calculus. A semester of linear/matrix algebra is highly encouraged.

English Language Requirement

Applicant must have minimum TOEFL internet based test score of 100 (or 600 paper based) and IELTS band score of 7.5

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.