Why QBS?


The QBS program seeks to train highly qualified students in bioinformatics, biostatistics & health data science, and epidemiology for careers in academia and industry.

PhD Program

The program is interdepartmental with numerous collaborations existing between QBS members and those in other graduate programs at Dartmouth. Our philosophy is that the modern biomedical scientist must be able to speak more than one language to successfully collaborate in a highly multidisciplinary environment. Students trained through the PhD program will be versed in bioinformatics, biostatistics and epidemiology.

In the PhD program, each student works closely with a thesis advisor and has the opportunity to interact daily with other members of the program. Research rotations during the first year provide students the opportunity to explore diverse research interests and then make an informed decision when selecting a thesis lab. Graduate student "research in progress" seminars are held on a monthly basis providing both an opportunity to learn about each other's research and to obtain feedback from faculty and students.

QBS MS in Health Data Science

The QBS Masters of Science degree in Health Data Science provides training in data wrangling, exploratory data analysis, statistical modelling, machine learning, data visualization and communication. Graduates will have competencies in the management, analysis and interpretation of data from medicine, computational biology, pharma and genomics.

Health Data Science students have access to interdisciplinary courses positioning individuals to have competitive advantages for careers in Big Data, healthcare and biomedicine that translate to academia and industry. Students complete 9 required courses, including a capstone that brings together data wrangling, exploratory data analysis, programming, statistical learning, epidemiology, data visualization and communication. In addition, up to 9 elective courses are required during the 5 quarters in residence. Students are encouraged to pursue an internship during the summer, which extends their last session from the fall quarter to the winter quarter.

A 4+1 year MS in Health Data Science is offered for Dartmouth undergraduates who will complete a portion of their coursework before matriculating to the program. See Degree Requirements for more information.

QBS Community

We have a thriving community of students engaged in graduate education and research and encourage interaction among students in all graduate programs. Dartmouth, one of the Ivy League institutions, has a long-standing tradition of close student-faculty ties; a tradition that is heartily endorsed by the QBS program. QBS program members participate in several active seminar series with speakers drawn from a host of nationally and internationally recognized research institutions. Informal interactions among program students and faculty take place during weekly get-togethers, Journal Clubs and also during program-sponsored annual retreats.

The Dartmouth Community

Founded in 1769, Dartmouth is a member of the Ivy League and consistently ranks among the world's greatest academic institutions. Dartmouth has forged a singular identity for combining its deep commitment to outstanding undergraduate liberal arts and graduate education with distinguished research and scholarship in the Arts & Sciences and its three leading professional schools— the Geisel School of Medicine, Thayer School of Engineering, and the Tuck School of Business.

Dartmouth College is located in rural New Hampshire, the region uniquely offers idyllic landscapes along with outstanding recreation and cultural activities. With various ski mountains nearby, the Appalachian Trail running through campus, and the Connecticut River just steps away, outdoor activities are always accessible during all seasons.