Biostatistics, B.S. to Health Data Science, M.S. Accelerated Program

Saint Louis University's accelerated B.S. in Biostatistics/M.S. in Health Data Science is designed for students who demonstrate academic success in the biostatistics major and related coursework.  The B.S. in Biostatistics is offered through the College for Public Health and Social Justice, which is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health. The degree uses the American Statistical Association's guidelines for undergraduate data health sciences.

This accelerated program enables biostatistics majors to obtain their undergraduate and master's degrees in five years; they then enter the workforce up to a year earlier than with a traditional two-year master's program. Students apply to the accelerated program during their fifth semester of collegiate study, and accepted students begin graduate coursework during senior year. Students retain undergraduate status, financial aid and tuition rates until their undergraduate degree is conferred after year four. At that time, students attain official graduate student status, pay graduate tuition, and become eligible for graduate assistantships. 

For additional information see the catalog entries for the following programs:

Biostatistics, B.S.

Health Data Science, M.S.

SLU students in the biostatistics major who meet the eligibility requirements may apply in the fall semester of their junior year. 

Eligibility requirements include:

  • Students must be in their fifth semester of collegiate study.
  • Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00, and a mathematics/statistics GPA of 3.40.
  • Students must demonstrate a plan to complete 90 of the 120 credits required for their biostatistics major by the beginning of their fourth year of studies.
  • Students must be eligible to complete the accelerated curriculum with no more than 15 credits during each semester during year four of the program.
  • Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with Saint Louis University and the College for Public Health & Social Justice.
  • Students must demonstrate the potential for leadership in Biostatistics; this can be done through engagement in volunteer activities or work experience.

Application procedures and program details are outlined in the CPHSJ Undergraduate Public Health Student Handbook.

The accelerated B.S./M.S. program allows students to use up to 15 graduate credits towards their undergraduate degree. 

 
Required Core Courses 1
BIOL 1240
BIOL 1245
General Biology: Information Flow and Evolution
and Principles of Biology I Laboratory
4
BIOL 1260
BIOL 1265
General Biology: Transformations of Energy and Matter
and Principles of Biology II Laboratory
4
BTM 2000Introduction to Business Technology Management3
BTM 3300Managing Databases and Big Data3
or CSCI 4710 Databases
ENGL 1900Advanced Strategies of Rhetoric and Research3
HIST 1110Origins of the Modern World to 15003
HIST 1120Origins of the Modern World (1500 to Present)3
MATH 1510Calculus I4
MATH 1520Calculus II4
MATH 2530Calculus III4
MATH 3110Linear Algebra for Engineers3
or MATH 3120 Introduction to Linear Algebra
PHIL 1050Introduction to Philosophy: Self and Reality3
PHIL 2050Ethics3
THEO 1000Theological Foundations3
Foreign Language proficient to 1020-level6
Literature, Fine Arts, or Performing Arts Elective3
Social Science Electives (Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, etc.)6
Required Biostatistics Major Courses
BST 3000Intro to Statistical Computing3
BST 3100Applied Biostatistics I3
BST 3200Applied Biostatistics II3
BST 4100Theory of Biostatistics I3
BST 4200Theory of Biostatistics II3
BST 4400Introduction to Applied Data Management3
EPI 4000Intro Epidemiology: Foundations & Practice3
PUBH 2100Introduction to Global Health 3
PUBH 3200Evidence Based Public Health3
PUBH 4100Biological Basis of Public Health3
General Elective Courses
Select an additional 28 credits of general electives to achieve the minimum 120 credits for graduation.28
Graduate Courses
Graduate requirements may change by the time the student is formally accepted into the program in junior year.
Applied Statistics Courses
HDS 5310Analytics and Statistical Programming3
HDS 5320Inferential Modeling3
HDS 5330Predictive Modeling and Machine Learning3
Practical Computing Courses
HDS 5210Programming for Health Data Scientists3
HDS 5230High Performance Computing3
Health Science Application Courses
HMP 5000Health Care Organization3
ORES 5210Foundations of Medical Diagnosis and Treatment3
ORES 5300Foundations of Outcomes Research I3
Capstone Experience
HDS 5960Capstone Experience3
Total Credits147
1

A total of 62 credits are required for completion of the core curriculum. Some core requirements have multiple options for satisfactory completion. A more detailed explanation of core curriculum requirements can be found in the CPHSJ Undergraduate Public Health Student Handbook.

Fulfills the cultural diversity core requirement.

Continuation Standards

  • Cumulative GPA of at least 2.00
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.00, with a MATH and BST GPA of 3.40 in order to participate in the graduate program
  • Minimum grade of "B-" in all graduate-level courses
  • Minimum grade of “C” in all B.S. in Biostatistics major courses
  • Minimum grade of “C-” in all core courses
  • Minimum grade of “D” in all remaining general elective courses counting toward the minimum 120 credits required for graduation

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
FallCredits
BIOL 1240
BIOL 1245
General Biology: Information Flow and Evolution
and Principles of Biology I Laboratory
4
ENGL 1900 Advanced Strategies of Rhetoric and Research 3
HIST 1110 Origins of the Modern World to 1500 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 1
 Credits14
Spring
BIOL 1260
BIOL 1265
General Biology: Transformations of Energy and Matter
and Principles of Biology II Laboratory
4
HIST 1120 Origins of the Modern World (1500 to Present) 3
MATH 1510 Calculus I 4
PUBH 2100 Introduction to Global Health 3
 Credits14
Year Two
Fall
BTM 2000 Introduction to Business Technology Management 3
MATH 1520 Calculus II 4
PHIL 1050 Introduction to Philosophy: Self and Reality 3
Language Level 1 or higher 3
Social Science Elective 3
 Credits16
Spring
BST 3000 Intro to Statistical Computing 3
MATH 2530 Calculus III 4
THEO 1000 Theological Foundations 3
Language Level 2 or higher 3
Literature, Fine Arts, or Performing Arts Elective 3
 Credits16
Year Three
Fall
Critical course:  Eligible students formally apply to the Accelerated Program.  
BST 3100 Applied Biostatistics I 3
EPI 4000 Intro Epidemiology: Foundations & Practice 3
PUBH 3200 Evidence Based Public Health 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Credits15
Spring
Department reviews applications, conducts interviews, and qualified students are notified of acceptance.  
BST 3200 Applied Biostatistics II 3
MATH 3110
Linear Algebra for Engineers
or Introduction to Linear Algebra
3
PHIL 2050 Ethics 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Credits15
Year Four
Fall
Formal participation in the Accelerated Program begins. Students maintain undergrad status and take a maximum of 15 credits.  
BST 4100 Theory of Biostatistics I 3
BST 4400 Introduction to Applied Data Management 3
BTM 3300
Managing Databases and Big Data
or Databases
3
Critical course:  HDS 5310 Analytics and Statistical Programming 3
Critical course:  ORES 5300 Foundations of Outcomes Research I 3
 Credits15
Spring
Students take a maximum of 15 credits. B.S. degree is conferred in May.  
BST 4200 Theory of Biostatistics II 3
Critical course:  HDS 5210 Programming for Health Data Scientists 3
Critical course:  ORES 5210 Foundations of Medical Diagnosis and Treatment 3
PUBH 4100 Biological Basis of Public Health 3
Social Science Elective 3
 Credits15
Summer
Students are reviewed by the department and those in good academic standing officially earn graduate student status.  
Critical course:  HDS 5320 Inferential Modeling 3
 Credits3
Year Five
Fall
Critical course:  HDS 5330 Predictive Modeling and Machine Learning 3
 Credits3
Spring
Critical course:  HDS 5230 High Performance Computing 3
Critical course:  HMP 5000 Health Care Organization 3
 Credits6
Summer
Critical course:  HDS 5960 Capstone Experience 3
 Credits3
 Total Credits135

Fulfills the cultural diversity core requirement.

Refer to the B.S. in Biostatistics roadmap for a list of approved English, fine arts, and social science classes.


Apply for Admission

For additional admission questions please contact:
Katie Linnenbrink
Administrative Assistant
katie.linnenbrink@slu.edu
Tegeler Hall 300 West
314-977-3934