There is a critical shortage of people with quantitative health research and skills. Biostatistics, an interdisciplinary program that is housed in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, draws from Waterloo's strengths in statistics, biostatistics, computer science, health studies, gerontology, and economics. It emphasizes the statistical elements of research in the areas of clinical, public and population health, through an innovative curriculum, including the use of data collection and statistical analysis for supporting decisions and informing policy for public health and health care. Statistics for Health, the only program of its kind in Canada, will equip students with skills, knowledge, and experience, and it will prepare graduates for successful careers in the quantitative sector of the health care industry.
Students follow a rigorous undergraduate statistics program similar to the Statistics major plan but with the addition of three courses (Statistics 337, 436 and 437) developed specifically for the Statistics for Health program. Students will learn to undertake independent analyses of continuous and discrete data and how to design, implement and analyze complex surveys and experiments. Through specially selected electives students will also develop information technology skills, knowledge of the health care system, and communication skills. There are also opportunities for students to engage with faculty members in the department through full or part time undergraduate research projects. Additionally, students enrolled in co-op can gain up to two years of relevant work experience.
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