Certificate in Biostatistics

The Graduate Certificate in Biostatistics in the Department of Statistics at Western Michigan University is designed for graduate students in statistics, for qualifying graduate students that are not statistics majors, as well as working professionals who want to enhance their background in health-related data analysis including physicians, nurses, clinical researchers, health educators and administrators.

Admission Requirements

Applicants are expected to have completed an introductory course in statistics.

Program Requirements

The program requires 12 credit hours (four courses).

Required courses

  • STAT 6040: Statistics for Epidemiology (three hours)
  • STAT 6050: Fundamentals of Clinical Trials (three hours)

Choose two from the following electives

  • STAT 6030: Fundamentals of Biostatistics (three hours)
  • STAT 6350: Spatial Statistics (three hours)
  • STAT 6620: Applied Linear Models (three hours)
  • STAT 6640: Applied Mixed Models (three hours)
  • STAT 6680: Categorical Data Analysis (three hours)
  • STAT 6800: SAS Programming Credits (three hours)
  • STAT 6810: Survival Data Analysis (three hours)

For graduate students at WMU, one approved quantitative research course from their own department can be substituted for one of the electives. This course would count, as appropriate, for their graduate degree.


The online application is used to apply for all graduate programs.


Program outline:

Once you have been admitted to the certificate program, you will need to create a program outline with the certificate advisor.