The M.S. program trains students in the planning and data analysis of biomedical and public health studies, while the Ph.D. program emphasizes both the development and the application of the statistical tools in these studies. The M.S. program is designed to take two years to complete, while the Ph.D. program generally requires a total of 4-5 years after a bachelor's degree. The degree requirements and electives include biostatistics courses, statistics courses, and a few non-statistical courses.