The Department of Community Health and Epidemiology and Department of Mathematics and Statistics jointly offer a collaborative M.Sc. program with a specialization in biostatistics. The two departments offer strong graduate programs that include a broad range of courses in statistics, biostatistics, epidemiology, and health services research.
By combining these resources, students in the collaborative program will have unique opportunities to develop the analytic skills and practical experience needed to interact with practitioners and to work on current research projects in a variety of health areas.
Queen’s University has a unique health research environment with excellent research groups in most major fields in health sciences such as the NCIC Clinical Trials Group and the Cancer Care and Epidemiology Group in the Queen's Cancer Research Institute, the Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, Emergency Medicine and Injury Research Group, Queen’s – ICES Health Services Research, Social Program Evaluation Group, Centre for Studies in Primary Care, Centre for Obesity and Research Education (CORE), Nursing (PRN) group, Mental Health Research Group, Clinical Research Centre in Kingston General Hospital (KGH), and Research and Education Program at KFL&A Public Health Unit.
January 31st (Department of Community Health and Epidemiology). All completed applications will be reviewed starting in February each year. Notification of acceptance commences in early Spring.
January 31st (Department of Mathematics and Statistics)
All students are required to complete eight courses in two terms (including 6 core courses and two elective courses approved by the home department) and a one-term supervised practicum project in biostatistics. In the practicum, students will complete either a research project pertaining to some aspect of the biostatistics methodological research work of their supervisor or a practicum placement with an academic or industry-based research group pertaining to the biostatistics applications.
Through the combination of coursework and practicum experience, the program stresses the development of the analytical, technical and interpersonal skills required for a biostatistician to work effectively in multi-disciplinary health research environments.
Students will be registered in their home department, where they will be assigned a supervisor.
Supervisors and research interests in Community Health and Epidemiology:
Supervisors & research interests in Mathematics & Statistics:
The demand for biostatisticians in Canada and internationally is very high. Graduates can expect to find stimulating employment opportunities in places such as pharmaceutical companies, private industry, contract research organizations, regional or national centers for health research, academic centers, public health and government agencies, medical research institutions, and universities.
All students in the program will be considered for funding support in accordance with their respective home program's funding policy. They will be eligible to apply for teaching assistantships in either home department. Students participating in a practicum within Queen's health research groups may receive a research assistantship. Students are also encouraged to apply for external scholarships such as ACCELERATE Ontario — Ontario's Graduate Research Internship Program.
Students may apply to either the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology or the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. They must meet the academic prerequisites of the Master program through which they will be applying in order to be considered for the collaborative program. Applicants to the collaborative program will normally have an Honours B.Sc. degree with high standing (75% or above), sound analytical training, and a strong interest in applications in biology, life sciences, or health sciences.
A TOEFL score (or equivalent) with satisfactory standing may be required if native languages of a student do not include English. All applicants with a degree from a non-Canadian University may be required to submit GRE scores. See department for details.
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