Docstoc

hardy

Document Sample
hardy Powered By Docstoc
					The University of
Texas - Houston
Health Science
Center
School of Public
Health


                    Robert J. Hardy, PhD
                    UT-Houston
Careers in Biostatistics

        Robert J. Hardy, PhD
     University of Texas-Houston
           School of Public
       Division of Biostatistics
Graduate Programs
in Biostatistics
     WHAT IS BIOSTATISTICS?
• Applies mathematics, statistics, computational
  biology, and computer science to biological,
  biomedical and public health research.

• Plays a key role in the design, implementation
  and data analysis of research studies.

• Develops new statistical methods to address
  emerging problems.
     Historical Example of
Applications of Mathematics to
     Study Health Problem
What would be the impact eliminating
smallpox as a cause of death would have on
the population structure?
   •   Bernoulli (Daniel)
   •   D’Alembert
   •   Laplace
   •   Others
  Impact eliminating smallpox as
         a cause of death
• Mortality in a population can only be observed in
  the presence of all competing causes of death

• Mathematics was required to extract information
  about what cannot be observed

  Since smallpox epidemics were rampant,
  mathematical models were needed to address
  the problem.
     Today this Topic is Referred to as
     the Analysis of Competing Risks of
                    Death
                                         or
                Simply “Competing Risks”

     For r Competing Risks of Death:
   h(t) = h(t;1) + h(t;2) + … + h(t;r)


Instantaneous force of mortality or hazard rate   Additive cause-specific
                                                   forces of mortality
  Competing risks of death
 applied to other problems
• Death due to motor vehicle accidents
• Deaths due to AIDS
• Multiple causes of product failure
THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS HEALTH SCIENCE
           CENTER AT HOUSTON
• UT School of Public Health is one of six schools within The
  University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

• Housed in the Texas Medical Center --- the largest medical
  complex in the world

• 18 health care institutions and six supporting organizations,
  including The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer
  Center and Baylor College of Medicine

• Five regional School of Public Health campuses:
   • Austin, Brownsville, Dallas, El Paso, and San Antonio
            BIOSTATISTICS DIVISION DEGREES
• Master of Science (MS)
   • 2 years to complete (includes a sequence of courses in basic statistical
     theory and methods, research design, and data analysis)
   • Minor in a field other than biostatistics

• Master of Public Health (MPH)
   • Basic professional degree in public health with concentration in
     biostatistics

• Doctors of Philosophy (PhD) - post MS or direct admit from BS
   • Requires at least two additional years beyond the master level program
   • Emphasizes advanced statistical theory and application, statistical
     consulting, and independent research
   • Two minors in fields other than biostatistics
   • Dissertation
         BIOSTATISTICS RESEARCH (EXAMPLES)

• Bioinformatics and statistical genetics.
• Occupational and environmental exposures in the etiology of
    adult leukemia.
•   Inter-uterine growth through ultrasound measurement.
•   Analysis of infant mortality in developing countries.
•   Queuing models for emergency medical services.
•   Stochastic modeling of movement through the health care
    system.
•   Health effects of air pollution.
•   Analysis of health services utilization and health care
    technology assessment.
      THE COORDINATING CENTER FOR
            CLINICAL TRIALS
  The Coordinating Center conducts large-scale
  multicenter clinical trials in:

• Cardiovascular cell therapy research
• Parkinson’s disease
• Early treatment of retinopathy of prematurity (ROP)
• Antihypertensive and lipid lowering treatment to prevent heart
  attack
• High dose barbiturate therapy
• … and many others
BIOSTATISTICS FACULTY
• 22 Full-time UTSPH faculty members
  • Biostatistics Division Faculty members from other UTSPH
    divisions
  • Faculty members from outside institutions with joint
    appointments

• Faculty research interests and curriculum vitae
  are available on the division website

  http://www.sph.uth.tmc.edu/bios/faculty.aspx
     Dr. Barbara C. Tilley, Ph.D.
Lorne Bain Professor & Director, Division
            of Biostatistics



  Research: Clinical trials, Parkinson's
  Disease, health disparities research,
minority health, and movement disorders
               CAREERS       IN   BIOSTATISTICS
• Statisticians were recently ranked number 3 among the best
  occupations in the U.S, conducted by JobsRated.com

• Career opportunities
  • Academia, Industry, and Government

• Examples
  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Management consulting firms
  • Computer software companies
  • Chemical industry
  • Medical research centers
  • Schools of Public Health
  • Government agencies such as the National Institutes of Health,
    Center for Disease Control, state and local health agencies, and the
    World Health Organization
              COMPUTING RESOURCES
• The school operates its own computer facility,
  including high-performance computing resources.

• Numerous desktop computers for student use are
  located throughout the building and in the computer
  laboratory.

• A Computer Services staff is available to aid students in
  using the equipment, the various analytical and data
  management software packages, and the large library
  of health information research databases.
    ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS                      AND DEADLINES
• MS Program
  • Undergraduate degree in statistics, mathematics, computer
    science, or one of the physical, biological, or social sciences
  • At least an overall B average (on a 4.0 system) in prior academic
    work
• MPH Program
  • Should have strong interest in public health applications
     and in quantitative methods
• PhD Program
  • M.S. degree in the theory and applications of biostatistics
     or its equivalent is required
   • Minimum prerequisites: calculus and linear algebra

                             FALL -FEBRUARY 1
                             SPRING -AUGUST 1
                      How to apply
Visit SOPHAS.org to complete the online application for the
Schools of Public Health Application Service.
  • Make sure all supporting documents for the SOPHAS online
    application are submitted to SOPHAS.
  • Two letters of recommendation.

  • All post-secondary and professional school transcripts (Transcripts
    from non-US institutions will need to be verified by the World
    Education Services (WES) or Education Credential Evaluators (ECE)
    and submitted directly to SOPHAS. A course-by-course transcript
    evaluation is required.)
  • GRE Scores. (GRE scores may be waived for applicants holding
    doctoral letter degrees or ECFMG certification).
    Please visit http://www.sph.uth.tmc.edu/admissions/how-
    to-apply/
                FINANCIAL SUPPORT
Following financial support available on a competitive basis.

• Training Grant Program*
   • $20,969 per year stipend plus tuition

• Dean’s Scholarship Program*
   • $5,000 per year stipend+

• Teaching Assistantships**
   • $20,000 per year stipend+

• Research Assistantships**
   • $15,000 per year stipend+
           *US citizens or permanent residents only
           **No citizenship required
           +Provides eligibility for in-state tuition {paid by student}
           Tuition and Fees

• In-state tuition and fees
  • 12 months (9 hours in the fall and spring semesters
    and 6 hours in the summer semester)
  • basic fees: less than $6,300 (does not include
    mandatory health insurance).

• Out-of-state tuition and fees
  • 12 months: $17,000
  • Competitive scholarships greater than $1,000 and
    traineeships allow non-resident students to qualify for
    in-state tuition.
  University of Texas
School of Public Health
         Office of Student Affairs
The University of Texas School of Public Health
      1200 Herman Pressler, RAS E-201
              Houston, TX 77030

          Phone: (713) 500-9032
            Fax: (713) 500-9068
        email: saffairs@uth.tmc.edu

				
DOCUMENT INFO
Shared By:
Categories:
Tags:
Stats:
views:4
posted:12/17/2011
language:English
pages:21