• For Prospective Graduate Students

Holders of a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Physical Science, Engineering, Economics, or Related Scientific Disciplines

The advances in large-scale medical data mining and analysis suggest a bright future for the discipline of statistics. The size of the Western academic and industrial communities of clinical biostatisticians is many times larger than that of the corresponding community in Japan. There is a growing need for applied statistics. Examples of areas with such a need include the followings: new drug review and approval, regulatory processes to ensure post-marketing safety of drugs, and health economics such as cost-benefit analysis and utilization of health care data in the private sector. Therefore, the role of a clinical biostatistician is more than just analyzing data. Clinical biostatistics contributes to medical progress through the development of new methodologies and exploration of data utility. To meet such expectations, we are actively engaged in developing new statistical techniques.

A background in the health sciences is certainly not a requirement for this course. If you have an interest in data science and statistics, we welcome your application. Why don’t you develop your potential and advance your career in the arena of health care sciences?

Holders of a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Medical or Life Sciences

Many statisticians working at academic hospitals and drug companies have studied clinical biostatistics after completing academic programs in pharmaceutical, medical, nursing, or other life sciences. Combining multiple disciplines helps them to take an innovative approach to medical research and advancement. A background in the medical or life sciences gives biostatisticians a strong advantage engaged in clinical research. We invite you to learn clinical biostatistics and add it to your repertoire.

Career Path

Have you ever heard the prediction of Google’s chief economist, who said that “The sexy job in the next 10 years will be statisticians.”? Data science and statistics are drawing increasing attention in medical and many other fields.

Clinical Biostatistics Course has been established to meet the high demand for biostatisticians from the Japanese research community. There is a nationwide shortage of SPH-trained biostatisticians. The number of biostatisticians employed in academia, public-sector research institutions, and hospitals is many times larger in the West than in Japan. Biostatisticians serve as a springboard to help advance clinical research and medical practice. Students with expertise in basic scientific or biomedical disciplines will have a career advantage, if they choose to become a clinical biostatistician.

Holders of a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Physical Science, Engineering, Economics, or Related Scientific Disciplines

Holders of a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Health or Life Sciences

Classroom lectures at the SPH
  • Statistics/Biostatistics
  • Medicine/Epidemiology
  • Clinical drug development
  • Regulations and Ethics
Hospital on-site training/experience
  • Statistical analysis
  • Design and Conduct of clinical trials
  • Guidelines/Standard Operating Procedures
  • Data management, etc.
Academic degree
  • Master of Public Health (professional degree)
Major sectors of employment
  • Academic and public-sector research institutions
  • Hospitals (e.g., as biostatisticians at core clinical research hospitals)
  • Government (e.g., statistical reviewers at the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency)
  • Private sector (e.g., pharmaceutical companies, contract research organizations)

Open House Events

The Kyoto University SPH Campus Open House and orientation meetings are held in Tokyo and Kyoto respectively during April and May every year. The orientation meeting will provide information on the degree programs (e.g., master’s and doctoral courses, and post-graduation employment opportunities) and departments of SPH. Interested persons are welcome to attend.

Admission Tests and Mock Examinations

The enrollment application period will open in mid-July, and admission tests will take place in late August.

Applicants will have a written examination including two questions related to public health and one question related to statistics (at the level of the Japan Statistical Society Certificate Grade 2). Mock statistics examinations can be downloaded from the link below. In addition, applicants must submit an original copy of TOEFL or TOEIC scores for the assessment of their English proficiency.

For the latest admission information, please visit the Kyoto University SPH website.

Admission Consultations

Students interested in this course are welcome to visit the SPH departments and have in-person consultations with staff members. The Tokyo Campus Open House will provide convenient consultation opportunities for persons residing in the eastern part of Japan. If you wish to have a pre-application consultation, please contact the registrar in charge of the Clinical Biostatistics Course using the form below.

If you are considering applying for the doctoral program, please contact Department of Biostatistics in Kyoto University SPH.