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What is Biostatistics?

Effective healthcare research teams need members who have strong quantitative and data-based decision making skills. Quantitative skills and statistical methods are a potent combination and in greater demand than ever before.

You’ll take the same core courses as Statistics majors, with the addition of specialized upper-year courses designed specifically for Biostatistics students, including statistical methods used in health research, longitudinal studies and spatial data. Biostatistics uniquely positions its graduates for successful careers in the quantitative sector of the health care industry.

Meet Marcus

BiostatisticsBesides doing homework, Marcus likes to get involved in the different types of intramural sports that the University of Waterloo has to offer - including Ultimate Frisbee! Besides intramurals, Marcus teaches guitar and plays a hand of euchre every chance that he gets.

“The undergraduate research scene at Waterloo is inspiring and has become my passion. Last term I completed a research project with one of my Stats professors. It was an incredible experience and has given me the confidence to pursue graduate studies in biostatistics.”

Your first year

All first-year students take a common selection of math courses called core courses. Normally in the fall term, students take:

*Note: For suggested electives and more information please visit our course selection page.

Potential co-op and career opportunities

Potential co-op opportunities
Sample titles Sample employers
  • Cancer genome data analyst
  • Research assistant
  • Medical research assistant
  • Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Toronto
  • Development Research Centre of the State Council, Beijing
  • London Health Sciences Centre, London
Potential career opportunities
  • Bioinformatician, Peter McCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne
  • Biostatistician, Alberta Health Services, Calgary
  • Biostatistician, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston
  • Biostatistician, Everest Clinical Research Services Inc., Thornhill
  • Senior biostatistician, Health and Wellness Alberta, Edmonton
  • Senior research officer, National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa
  • Senior biostatistician, Kendle International Inc., Cincinnati
  • Senior biostatistician, Teikoku Pharma U.S.A., San Jose
  • Senior policy developer, Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, Toronto

Contact Riley Metzger for more information.