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About the Biostatistics Program

Biostatistics is an indispensable tool for improving our understanding of biological processes and has a direct impact in ensuring the safety and efficacy of pharmacological and biotechnological products. Biostatistians can be found beyond pharmacological and medical research in various fields and industries, and often work closely with economists, insurance analysts, marketing specialists, and other professionals to analyze data, assure quality control, develop policy, conduct market research, and implement cost controls. In addition, the application of biostatistics has recently expanded to include a wide-range of fields, such as medical imaging, ecological forecasting, and statistical genetics.

Recently updated with more in-depth learning on the most commonly used biostatistical methods, this online certificate in biostatistics emphasizes the application of statistical techniques to the analysis of clinical data. The course sequence begins with basic statistical concepts in biostatistics and then moves to more advanced topics, including the use of SAS, the dominant software for statistical analysis in the field.

In this program, you will develop a clear, solid understanding of statistical methods and their applications, as well as the available software tools needed to carry out biostatistical work. In the final two courses of the program, you will master the types of analysis most commonly used in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries, including simple and multiple linear regression, ANOVA and ANCOVA, simple and multiple logistic regression, and survival analysis.

  • Hands-on comprehensive training designed to immerse you in the skills needed to successfully get started in or advance your career
  • Graduates will have the skills necessary to apply for positions as junior biostatisticians
  • Program is designed to be taken online in the convenience of your own home or office
  • Developed and taught by seasoned biostatisticians and other industry professionals
  • Descriptive and inferential statistics
  • SAS programming
  • Simple and multiple linear regression
  • Simple and multiple logistic regression
  • Analysis of variance and covariance (ANOVA and ANCOVA)
  • Survival analysis
  • Proportional and nonproportional hazards models
  • Power and sample size analyses
Format: Online

Estimated Cost: $3,305

including the certificate fee, course fees, and required textbooks

Duration: 9-12 Months

varies by student and courses taken per quarter.

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  • Online
  • Hybrid

All four courses are required. The courses should be taken in the order suggested.


Units: 3.00


BiostatisticsCourse Overview Statistics provides the basic framework for thinking about data in a rigorous fashion. Biostatistics applies this rigorous examination of data to information gathered in ...

Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

SAS Programming I: DATA Step and PROC FundamentalsBIOL-40190

Units: 3.00


SAS Programming I: DATA Step and PROC FundamentalsThe SAS system is a software suite for data analysis and management, widely used in business, government, and academia. Because the pharmaceutical, bi...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Biostatistical Methods I: Linear Regression and ANOVABIOL-40315

Units: 3.00


Regression analysis is used to estimate the relationships between variables, and includes many different techniques. Linear regression serves as the basis for other types of regression. It is used ext...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Spring

Biostatistical Methods II: Logistic Regression and Survival AnalysisBIOL-40316

Units: 3.00


The most common types of analysis in the healthcare or pharmaceutical industries are logistic regression models and survival analysis. To analyze data with dichotomous outcomes, such as having (or not...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Winter, Summer

Not required for certificate.

CDISC Standards for Clinical DataBIOL-40317

Units: 3.00


The Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium (CDISC) is a non-profit organization that develops and supports data standards to improve medical research and ensure research data is easily interpr...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Spring

Introduction to R ProgrammingCSE-41097

Units: 3.00


Introduction to R ProgrammingStatistical computing is employed within a diverse range of industries. In recent years, an open source project, R, has emerged as the preeminent statistical computing pla...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Introduction to SPSSCSE-41254

Units: 3.00


Learn how to analyze data using SPSS Unravel the mysteries within data with SPSS software! SPSS is one of the most popular software packages used for statistical analysis and understanding data. Big d...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

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Conditions for Admission

Although programs are open to all adult learners, UC San Diego Extension programs are designed to best serve college-prepared working professionals. Where program capacity is limited, applicants with this profile will receive preference for admission.

Certificate Guidelines

You may enroll in the certificate program at any time. However, it is recommended that you enroll as soon as possible. The program curriculum may be updated at any time; if certificate requirements change, you must adhere to the curriculum at the time of your enrollment into the certificate.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Are there any prerequisites for this program?

There are no prerequisite required to enroll in the certificate program, however we do highly recommend you have a strong mathematical foundation prior to taking any of the required courses. A life science or medical health background is also recommended, but not required.

How long is this program?

Most students complete the program in one year by taking one course per quarter for four consecutive quarters. You have up to five years to complete all requirements for the certificate.

How much does this program cost?

The program costs approximately $3,370 including the certificate fee, course fees, and required textbooks. This is an estimate of the full cost of the program. This estimate may vary based on a variety of factors. All estimated costs are subject to change. Program fees are paid on a per-course basis, when you enroll in a course, and current fees and textbooks are listed on the individual course pages.

Can this certificate program be completed entirely online?

Yes! This program is designed for you to complete online in the convenience of your own home or office. For online courses, all assignments, tests, and quizzes can be completed online and submitted through Canvas, our online learning platform.

If I already have the skills taught in one of the program courses, can I skip that course?

If you have taken a course from an accredited university covering the learning objectives of a program course, you may be able to transfer your previous coursework to Extension. If you have not taken a course elsewhere, but already have the skills covered in a course, you may be able to substitute an alternate Extension course in its place. Please contact the program representative at or (858) 534-9358 for more information.

Is this program open to non-California residents?

Yes, the program is open to non-California residents, including non-US residents. The tuition is the same for all students. If you have questions about how enrolling in courses may or may not affect your visa status, please contact our International Department at or (858) 534-6784.

How can I get more information about this program?

You will find a downloadable program flyer and program FAQs under "Related Documents" on the right side of the top of this page. If you need further information, please contact the program representative at 858-534-9353 or

Advisory Board

Arthur Li, M.S.


City of Hope National Medical Center

Karen Messer

Professor and Division Chief

Division of Biostatistics at UCSD School of Medicine

John Molitor

Data Scientist & Associate Professor

Oregon State University

Darryl Penenberg, Ph.D.

Director of Inflammation & Immunology


LaRee Tracy

Director of Biostatistics


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There is no fee when applying to this program. Students will be required to pay a $95 certificate fee upon enrollment into the program after acceptance.