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Online Certificate in Biostatistics

The online Certificate in Biostatistics is perfect for those working with statistical data who want to supplement their skills or are seeking a career transition.

Offered by the School of Public Health and Information Sciences at the University of Louisville (UofL), this 5-6 course (15-16 credit hour) biostatistics certificate prepares students to apply fundamental methods for analysis and management of data across various public health industries. Acquire the analytical background and informatics tools you need to meet your professional goals and advance your career in this evolving area.

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Tuition & Aid    

This certificate qualifies for Title IV federal financial aid. Tuition rate does not include costs associated with a specific course or program, such as textbooks.


  • Learn how to employ statistical methods such as linear models and categorical data analysis, and use SAS and R software.
  • Gain expertise and highly marketable skills for a rapidly growing field.
  • Learn from world-class faculty with extensive applied experience.
  • Take advantage of the flexibility and convenience of 100% online classes and 24/7 access.
  • Get a jump start on your master’s degree—100% of credits earned in the certificate program apply to completion of your UofL Master’s in Biostatistics, also offered online (you must apply separately to the M.S. in biostats program).



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The Certificate in Biostatistics from UofL prepares students for a wide variety of career paths in quantitative data analysis. They can choose to pursue biostats jobs within:

  • Healthcare systems
  • Pharmaceutical corporations
  • Insurers, consulting services
  • Medical centers, research centers
  • Government agencies (FDA, NIH, Census Bureau)
  • Universities and research institutions
  • Hospitals and cancer centers
  • Businesses and financiers
  • Biotech corporations
  • Product development companies


Application Deadline Term Start
April 15 (Domestic Applicants) Summer May
April 1 (International Applicants) Summer May
July 1 (International Applicants) Fall August
July 25 (Domestic applicants) Fall August

Note: Any application completed after the deadline is considered for admission for the next admission term. We recommend you work on and submit your complete application well in advance of the preferred deadline, as obtaining transcripts and other materials may take more time. Only students interested in eventually pursuing the MS in Biostatistics should seek Summer admission. No Certificate courses are offered in the Summer term, only our Math Tools remedial calculus courses.

Steps to Apply

  1. Completed graduate application
  2. Submit $40 non-refundable application fee
  3. Submit 2 letters of recommendation, written within the past 12 months
  4. Submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work from regionally-accredited institutions – have transcripts sent directly to UofL.
  5. Check for Scholarships


Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree earned from an accredited institution
  • Elementary-level statistics coursework and exposure to a scientific environment, academically or professionally
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75
  • Curriculum vitae

Send all materials to:
Graduate Admissions
University of Louisville
2211 S. Brook Street
Louisville, KY 40292

International Applicants

If you live outside of the United States and intend to complete an online academic program from your home country, be sure to review these additional requirements for international students.

    1. Postsecondary transcripts. Transcripts from institutions not in English will require a foreign credential evaluation.
    2. Students whose primary language is not English must show English language proficiency by attaining one of the following:
      • TOEFL score at or above 550 (paper based test and a 5.0 on the TWE test), 213 (computer based test), 79 (internet based test), OR
      • Submitting an IELTS test score of 6.5 or higher, OR
      • Duolingo English test score of 105 or higher
      • Submitting an EFCMG (Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates) certification, OR
      • Successful completion of the exit examination for the advanced level of the Intensive English as a Second Language Program (IESL) at the University of Louisville, OR
      • Demonstration of a degree award from an acceptable English language institution, as formally documented by an appropriate institutional official

    For more information on the admission and application process, please contact our Online Learning Enrollment Counselor at 800.871.8635 or by email at online@louisville.edu.

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    Curious about the differences between a Masters or Graduate Certificate in Biostatistics? Click here and learn more

    The online Biostats certificate at UofL is a 15-16 credit hour program that requires 12 credit hours in core courses and 3-4 credit hours in electives (depending on the chosen courses).

    Course Title Hours
    PHST 680 Biostatistical Methods I 3
    PHST 681 Biostatistical Methods II 3
    PHST 620 Introduction to Statistical Computing (SAS) 3
    PHST 684 Categorical Data Analysis 3
    Electives* 3-4
    Total 15-16

    *Electives can be either PHST 624 Clinical Trials I (2 Hours) and PHST 625 Clinical Trials II (2 hours) or PHST 640 Statistical Methods for Research Design in Health Sciences (3 hours).


    Course Descriptions

    Your Success Team

      • What are the advantages of taking this program before the Master of Science in Biostatistics?
        The Graduate Certificate in Biostatistics is a 15-16 credit hour program (5-6 courses), allowing admitted students the opportunity to take several biostatistics classes prior to taking the leap into a fully online master’s program. Students who are interested in earning their master’s degree in biostatistics can apply the credits earned from the certificate program towards their master’s degree. While many of the courses in both programs overlap, the certificate program can be finished in less time and is an excellent choice for students who want to advance their degree and career opportunities but aren’t ready to fully commit to the online masters.
      • Will I need to complete Math Tools?
        No. Math Tools provides basic instruction in the methods of calculus necessary for the master’s in biostatistics program and can fulfill the calculus requirement for that program’s admission, but it is not required for admission to the certificate program.
      • Are fall and summer the only start dates for the year? When should I apply?
        Yes. Currently, fall and summer are the start terms for admitted students into the Graduate Certificate in Biostatistics program. Only students interested in eventually pursuing the MS in Biostatistics should seek summer admission. The recommended application deadline for the summer term is April 1, and June 30 for the fall term. We recommend you submit your complete application well in advance of the preferred application deadlines, as obtaining transcripts and other materials may take some time.
      • Will credits from this program transfer to the Master of Science in Biostatistics
        Yes, all 15-16 credits earned in the Graduate Certificate in Biostatics program will transfer into the Master of Science in Biostatistics program. If students are not fully ready to commit to the MS in Biostatistics program, it is recommended that they consider applying for the graduate certificate first so they can take full advantage of transferring their earned credits towards their master’s degree if they decide to enroll later. Students will need to apply for the MS in Biostatistics separately when they are ready to transition into the masters in biostatistics program.