Fight illness with a healthy dose of data

A student in the Biostatistics program at the University of Waterloo.

Good health care decisions depend on good data. But there’s a crucial shortage of people with the right skills to make sense of statistical information. Step into that gap with a Biostatistics degree from Waterloo — the only one of its kind in Canada.

In this program, you’ll take the same core courses as Statistics students, but with the addition of specialized upper-year courses designed specifically for Biostatistics students. In addition to math courses, you'll take courses in health studies, including health policy, health informatics, and management. You'll also get the chance to get paid work experience through co-op.

Learn how to design clinical experiments, analyze health data, and interpret results. You’ll graduate ready to help create advances in diagnostics, medical technology, and treatments.

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Biostatistics admission requirements

Apply to Mathematics and choose Biostatistics as your major. Once you've applied, you'll need to complete the Admission Information Form as part of the application process.

We strongly encourage you to participate in the Canadian Senior Mathematics Contest and/or the Euclid Mathematics Contest to enhance your admissions status.

To be considered for entrance scholarships in the Faculty of Mathematics, you must write one or both of the contests. If you complete both contests, we'll use the results of the contest in which you performed best.

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Biostatistics at Waterloo is the only program of its kind in Canada and will prepare you for a successful career in the quantitative sector of the health care industry.

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Two years of work experience

Opt for co-op and get 24 months of paid, on-the-job experience with research and health-related organizations.

Add research to your résumé

Want to go deeper? Work with a professor on a research project as part of your degree. Visit our Waterloo Stories website to learn about current research in biostatistics at Waterloo.