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.
Applications for Spring 2017 are due September 15 2016, see Admission Procedure for details.
I chose the Biostatistics Master and UZH because my interest in statistics is in the applications that make a difference for people