During its meeting Friday, the WVU Board of Governors approved a Master of Science degree in biostatistics in the School of Public Health.

"The M.S. degree program in biostatistics at WVU will target more mathematically oriented students, providing them a strong background in biostatistical theory and computational skills as well as extensive practical experience in preparing students for careers in biostatistics," said Matthew Gurka, Ph.D., founding chair of the Department of Biostatistics. "Graduates of this academic degree will be well-positioned for careers in the pharmaceutical industry, government and other research institutions, or they will be able to pursue doctoral education in biostatistics or other related fields."