Fight illness with a healthy dose of data
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.
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 full-time or part-time research project.
First faculty of mathematics in North America
Earn a Bachelor of Mathematics degree in Biostatistics
Biostatistics admission requirements
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.
For September 2020, participating in the Euclid Mathematics Contest is NOT required for admission or for a scholarship. You will not be penalised in any way for not participating in the Euclid this year.
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First-year Biostatistics courses
You may select advanced-stream courses for algebra, calculus, and computer science if you meet the requirements.
September to December
January to April
After first year
The majority of your required courses will be statistics courses, with additional courses in mathematics. With your remaining classes, you can choose electives from many of the 100 subject areas at Waterloo.
View a list of courses required for your degree.
Sample upper-year Biostatistics courses
STAT 337 – Introduction to Medical Statistics
STAT 437 – Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Health Research
STAT 436 – Introduction to the Analysis of Spatial Data in Health Research
STAT 430 – Experimental Design
Waterloo is an international leader in mathematics
Apply to Mathematics and choose Biostatistics as your major
Offered by the Faculty of Mathematics
Co-op = relevant paid work experience
By alternating school terms and paid co-op work terms throughout your degree, you can explore new career areas and types of employers as your career interests evolve.
Co-op work/study sequences
Fall = September to December, Winter = January to April, Spring = May to August
Customize your Bachelor of Mathematics degree in Biostatistics
You can add additional areas of expertise to your degree by including one or more of the minors available to all Waterloo students.