Biostatistics, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

If you want to build skills in collecting and analyzing health information, forecasting scenarios and making important health, economic or policy recommendations, Saint Louis University's Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Biostatistics may be ideal for you.

Biostatisticians apply statistical theory and mathematical principles to research in public health, medicine, pharmacology, biology, environmental science, and other related fields aimed at determining the causes of disease and injuries and identifying critical trends within communities. 

Program Highlights

If you complete your Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Biostatistics at SLU, you will be able to:

  • Articulate the principles of biostatistics
  • Compute descriptive and multivariate statistical tests and measures of association using statistical software
  • Interpret results of statistical analyses
  • Communicate results of statistical analyses
  • Follow ethical norms and rules for acquiring, managing, sharing, securing and analyzing data

Curriculum Overview

The biostatistics certificate is designed for three distinct audiences: 

  1. Students actively pursuing their M.P.H. at Saint Louis University in a concentration other than biostatistics.
  2. Graduate students at Saint Louis University in other programs who want skills in health data analysis and interpretation.
  3. Professionals who wish to gain additional skills in biostatistics.

This 12-credit certificate can be completed over one to two years and is offered in-person.


Students awarded SLU's biostatistics graduate certificate will be prepared to pursue careers in applied mathematics in fields of medicine, public health, biology, and related fields. Research and analysis opportunities may include: 

  • Analyzing risk factors for different chronic and infectious diseases.
  • Analyzing the effectiveness of new drugs.
  • Communicating and explaining scientific discoveries.
  • Determining trends in drunken or distracted driving injuries.
  • Planning effective health care interventions and strategies for government, health care systems and NGOs.

SLU’s public health graduates are employed at federal, state and local health agencies, consulting firms, consumer advocacy organizations, community-based organizations and health care centers, hospitals, research centers and universities.

Admission Requirements

Applicants should have a bachelor's degree, preferably with at least a 3.00 grade point average. Experience in a health-related field is preferred, but not required. Applications are reviewed on a holistic and rolling basis. To apply, applicants will need to submit their transcripts, CV, personal statement and two letters of recommendation through SOPHAS Express, the common application system for public health schools and programs.


Tuition Cost Per Credit
Graduate Tuition $1,370

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Saint Louis University's College for Public Health and Social Justice is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). To see our most recent accreditation documentation, please visit the College for Public Health and Social Justice website.


  1. Evaluate evidence using the principles of biostatistics, such as bias, natural and sampling variability, and theories of estimation.

  2. Analyze data with multivariable statistical models.

  3. Create statistical reports and presentations using appropriate graphical and numerical summaries and narrative explanations. 

BST 5020Theory of Biostatistics3
BST 5100Introduction to General Linear Modeling3
BST 5450Data Visualization3
BST 5XXXBiostatistics Graduate Elective chosen from MPH Electives - Biostatistics Departmental Attributes3
Total Credits12

Continuation Standards

Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 in all graduate/professional courses.

Roadmaps are recommended semester-by-semester plans of study for programs and assume full-time enrollment unless otherwise noted.  

Courses and milestones designated as critical (marked with !) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation. Transfer credit may change the roadmap.

This roadmap should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor/mentor each semester. Requirements, course availability and sequencing are subject to change.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
BST 5020 Theory of Biostatistics 3
BST 5450 Data Visualization 3
BST 5100 Introduction to General Linear Modeling 3
Biostatistics Attributed Graduate Elective 3
 Total Credits12

Apply for Admission

For additional admission questions, please contact:
Bernie Backer
Director of graduate recruitment and admissions