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Master Program in Biostatistics


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Master Program in Biostatistics

Biostatistics as a scientific discipline is driven by a strong interaction between problems from biomedical research and rigorous mathematical analysis. Complex scientific challenges require the development of new and appropriate statistical methods. Currently such challenges emerge, for example, in environmental and infectious disease epidemiology, personalized and evidence-based medicine and especially in the rapidly expanding fields of molecular life sciences, e.g. genomics, proteomics, epigenomics.

The Master Program in Biostatistics leads to a so called "specialized" master, implying that it is a useful and direct continuation of a bachelor degree in all fields that include quantitative aspects. It is based on the cooperation between the Institute of Mathematics and the Department of Biostatistics of the Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute of the University of Zurich (UZH) and offers the only - to date - specialized program for the training of biostatisticians in Switzerland.

Carreer outlooks for biostatisticians are generally excellent, as for statisticians and professionals with quantitative skills in general. Graduates of the program will be highly qualified for an occupation at universities or research institutes and in the pharmaceutical industry. See Links for job offers.

Excellent graduates can continue their studies within the PhD Program in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, which is part of the Life Science Zurich Graduate School.

Applications for Fall 2017

Applications for Fall 2017 are due February 15 2016, see Admission Procedure for details.


Interested students enrolled at UZH please contact the coordinator
regardless of deadlines.


Nov 2016: Biostats information event on November 2nd with nice talks and Marroni and Glühwein.

Student Profiles

Muriel Buri, MSc in Biostatistics, PhD student in Epidemiology and Biostatistics

In order to find a relevant and exciting application for my longstanding interest in numbers and data analysis (bachelor in financial mathematics), I applied to the biostatistics master at the UZH. The fact that all the results of my statistical analyses have a biological or medical interpretation and consequently an impact on living beings keeps me motivated as well as fascinated.