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Epidemiology - Biostatistics, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #281 (QS) ,
The purpose of the programs is to provide a scholarly environment for the health sciences community that will stimulate and enhance learning and expand knowledge by conducting research. Graduates are professional experts or consultants who can advise persons and agencies in other fields.


The Ottawa-Carleton Institutes combine the research strengths of the University of Ottawa and Carleton University. The Institutes offer graduate programs leading to the master’s (MSc) and doctoral (PhD) degrees in several fields (biology, chemistry, earth sciences, etc.).

Biostatistics is an interdisciplinary area of research linking statistics, biology, medicine, and health sciences. This growing area demands knowledge of the theory behind statistical procedures, an ability to put that theory into practice, and an understanding of the area of application. The applications range from clinical trials to population epidemiology and the development of new procedures. The specialization is intended to prepare a graduate for a career as a biostatistician in a health-related industry, or for a career in research.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Professionalism and Professional Skills
  • Epidemiology I- Introductory Epidemiology
  • Biostatistics I
  • Intervention Studies in Health Research

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    30 units alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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General Requirements

  • An honours bachelor of science degree with specialization with a minimum average of B+.
  • An honours bachelor of science degree with a major in a discipline relevant to epidemiology (life science or behavioural science) with a minimum average of B+.
  • A four-year degree in a health profession (medicine, nursing, rehabilitation therapy etc.) with a minimum average of B+.
  • Be the holder of a bachelor's degree with a major or a specialization in biostatistics (or equivalent) with a minimum average of 75% (B+).
  • Demonstrate a good academic performance in previous studies as shown by official transcripts, research reports, abstracts or any other documents demonstrating research skills.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    6420 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6420 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    2729 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2729 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Ottawa

  • 1168 - 1930 CAD/month
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