Epidemiology - Biostatistics, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #151 (ARWU) ,
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

  • 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
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Book IELTS
  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic 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+).
  • International candidates must check the admission equivalencies for the diploma they received in their country of origin.
  • Demonstrate a good academic performance in previous studies as shown by official transcripts, research reports, abstracts or any other documents demonstrating research skills.
  • Possess competence in a defined list of statistical topics (a self-assessment tool and a non-credit self-study course will be available for those who need it, prior to the beginning of courses).
  • Pay the $100 ($CDN non-refundable) application fee.

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