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.

Program highlights

  • 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.


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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.


What will you learn?

First-year courses

You'll take a mix of Mathematics and Computer Science courses to give you the foundations for your upper-year classes. After first year, the majority of your required courses will be Statistics and Mathematics.

Learn about courses you'll take for your Biostatistics degree.

Customize your degree in Biostatistics

You can add additional areas of expertise by including one of the minors available to all Waterloo students.

Once you're a student, advisors can help you explore which minors or specializations may fit into your plans.

 

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Contact a Faculty of Mathematics student ambassador to learn about their experience in the program.

Ask them questions such as why they chose their program, what the classes are like, and how you can get involved on campus.

 


Biostatistics admission requirements

Ontario students: six Grade 12 U and/or M courses including

  • Advanced Functions
  • Calculus and Vectors
  • Any 4U English
  • One other 4U course

Recommended course: Grade 11 U Introduction to Computer Science

Admission averages: Individual selection from the high 80s.

How to apply?

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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Questions about courses, programs, requirements, or careers?

Contact Laura Jane Watkins, our Mathematics recruitment coordinator, who can answer any questions you have.

Laura Jane, Mathematics Recruitment Coordinator