The Graduate Certificate in Biostatistics (GCB) is a 15-credit hour graduate certificate that allows students studying in programs outside the Department of Biostatistics to learn a basic background in the design and analysis of biomedical studies. The courses included in this certificate will provide students with an introduction to methodological applications in public health and medical research; skills that will be necessary for completing quantitative components of research projects and attractive to future employers.

Upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Biostatistics, students will be able to:

  • Identify and apply appropriate statistical methods for analyzing public health and biomedical data
  • Summarize statistical designs, including design issues and power calculations, and their applications in solving public health and biomedical problems
  • Interpret and convey statistical findings
  • Use technology to perform statistical procedures

Application Process

Students already enrolled in a graduate degree program at UK may apply at any time. For those not currently enrolled please follow the Graduate School deadlines. All application materials must be received at least one month before the semester you plan to begin your coursework.

Pre-approved Certificate courses already completed may count toward the curriculum requirements. Requests to include these courses are made on the application.

Students must apply through the UK Graduate School. Graduate School application deadlines and forms may be obtained through their website at:

Official transcripts:

Official transcripts are required for undergraduate and graduate work from universities other than the University of Kentucky. A GPA of 3.0 is required for admission.

Apply Through the UK Graduate School


The Biostatistics Certificate curriculum involves a total of 15 graduate credit hours including 3 hours of a required course.

Required Course:

BST 600 – Introduction to Biostatistical Methods (3 hrs)

Elective Courses:

BST 655 Introduction to Statistical Genetics (3 hrs)            

BST 761 Time to Event Analysis (3 hrs)

CPH 631 – Design and Analysis of Health Surveys (3 hrs)

CPH 636 - Data Mining in Public Health     (3 hrs)

CPH 664 - Design and Analysis of Clinical Trials (3 hrs)                             

CPH 713 Pharmaco-epidemiology (3 hrs)

Biostatistics Graduate Certificate students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better to progress in the curriculum
All course work for the Biostatistics Graduate Certificate must be completed within 5 years of admission.