The Department offers two routes towards an M.Sc. degree: by coursework and thesis; or coursework and a project/practicum. Both require completion of a minimum of 48 credits; the second route allows for a greater breadth of topics learned through the coursework, while the thesis route allows for greater depth in a specific topic.
Some of the purposes of these sessions are: to promote biostatistics and biostatistical methodology; serve as a learning opportunity for both students and faculty; foster communication, collaboration, professionalism, career development.
The format will be varied: seminar presentations, journal club, discussions of work in progress, interact with visitors, etc.
Who is invited: biostatisticians and biostatisticians in training; all other hyphenated-, unhyphenated- and soon-to-be-statisticians with interests in applied statistics.
What is Biostatistics? The field involves the development and application of statistical methods to scientific research in areas such as medicine, epidemiology, environmental health, genetics, and ecology. Biostatisticians play key roles in designing studies – from helping to formulate the questions that can be answered by data collection to the decisions on how best to collect the data – and in analyzing the resulting data. They also develop new statistical methods for such data.
The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Occupational Health, an integral part of McGill's Faculty of Medicine, is based in Purvis Hall, one of several old mansions in the historic "Golden Square Mile" of Montreal now part of the McGill campus.