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Biostatistics, a concentration within the Professional Science major, leading to a Master of Science, provides training in statistical methods that can be applied to biomedical and health-related fields. These methods involve using mathematics to solve real-world problems that influence health. Statistical areas of study include clinical trials, experimental design, categorical and longitudinal data analysis, and survival analysis. The M.S. in Professional Science combines the business management skills commonly found in the traditional M.B.A.-type program with advanced learning in specific science fields. The program consists of 21 hours of concentration-specific courses and 15 core hours in pre-defined business courses. Students complete a 250-hour internship, typically just before or during their final semester, instead of a thesis and comprehensive exams.

The Master of Science (M.S.) with a major in Professional Science includes a business core with specific concentrations in Actuarial Sciences, Biostatistics, Biotechnology, Engineering Management, Geosciences, and Health Care Informatics.

The two-year master’s degree in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) was initially started with support by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The interdisciplinary program is a partnership of the College of Basic and Applied Sciences, College of Behavioral and Health Sciences, College of Liberal Arts, and the Jennings A. Jones College of Business.
Career
Reports from the Department of Labor indicate an increasing demand for individuals with master's level training with a specialty in science. MTSU is home to the only Master of Science in Professional Science program in Tennessee and prepares "business savvy scientists" for the 21st century job market. Biostatistics master’s graduates will ideally work as biostatisticians in professional settings including health care agencies; governmental agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Environmental Protection Agency; and the pharmaceutical industry.

Employers of MTSU alumni include:

Emory University School of Medicine
Lifepoint Hospitals
Sarah Cannon Research Institute
Tribal Epidemiology Center
Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center

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