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Master of Public Health Degree (MPH), Biostatistics Major

Description of Program

The Biostatistics concentration prepares students to use applied biostatistics and the related data management/mining techniques to elucidate, predict, or infer significant causes or variables and their relationships to, and effects on, life related outcomes. Coursework is completed in experimental analysis and research design, multivariate statistical analysis, and other advanced statistical methodologies. Students have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty and leaders in the community to apply research skills to practical projects related to public health

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 44 graduate credit hours is required for this program.  A minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) is required for graduation. A minimum grade of C is required in each course. All electives for completing the degree must be approved by the advisor. Prerequisite courses may be prescribed for students lacking sufficient background for graduate study in public health.

MPH Master of Public Health Degree Requirements (44-47 credits)

MPH Degree Core (23 credits)

Public Health Foundations Requirement (0 credits)
All MPH students must complete the Public Health Foundations online course no later than the end of their first semester of graduate study. Complete details and registration information for this course can be found at the following website:

Integrated Public Health Core (15 credits)
Complete each of the following courses.

  • SPH-E 651 Epidemiology (3 cr.)
  • SPH-Q 501 Introduction to Statistics in Public Health (3 cr.)
  • SPH-X 601 Assessment and Public Health (3 cr.)
  • SPH-X 660 Population Health Determinates (3 cr.)
  • SPH-X 685 Public Health Policy and Politics (3 cr.)

Professional Development and Practical Experiences (8 credits)
Complete each of the following courses.

  • SPH-X 610 Professional Development Seminar 1 (2 cr.)
  • SPH-X 611 Professional Development Seminar 2 (2 cr.)
  • SPH-X 696 Professional Practice Experience in Public Health (4 cr.)

Biostatistics Concentration (12 credits)

Required Concentration Course (12 credits)
Complete the following courses.

  • SPH-Q 604 Applied Linear Regression (3 cr.) P: SPH-Q 501
  • SPH-Q 603 Categorical Data Analysis (3 cr.) P: SPH-Q 501
  • SPH-Q 605 Analysis of Multi-level and Longitudinal Data (3 cr.) P: SPH-Q 501
  • SPH-Q 612 Survival Analysis (3 cr.) P: SPH-Q 501

Additional 12 Credit MPH concentration in Epidemiology, or 9 Credits of Other Electives to be Selected with the Student's Graduate Advisor. (9-12 credits)

Complete one of the following options.

Option One (12 credits)
Successful completion of the following requirements earns the student a second MPH concentration in Epidemiology.

Complete the three following courses.

  • SPH-E 658 Intermediate Epidemiology (3 cr.) P: SPH-E 651
  • SPH-E 659 Intermediate Epidemiological Methods (3 cr.) P: SPH-E 651
  • SPH-Q 611 Statistical Packages in Research (3 cr.)

Complete one of the following courses.

  • SPH-E 650 Special Topics in Epidemiology (3cr.)
  • SPH-E 653 Chronic Disease Epidemiology (3 cr.) P: SPH-E 651
  • SPH-E 655 Infectious Disease Epidemiology (3 cr.) P: SPH-E 651
  • SPH-E 656 Genetic Epidemiology (3 cr.)
  • SPH-E 657 Social Epidemiology (3 cr.) P: SPH-E 651
  • SPH-E 680 Nutritional Epidemiology (3 cr.)
  • SPH-E 670 Meta-analysis and Systematic Review for Public Health Research (3 cr.) P: SPH-E 651 & SPH-Q 501

Option Two (9 credits)
Successful completion of 9 graduate-level credits of electives to be chosen in consultation with the student's MPH advisor.

Complete the 9 credits of elective courses.

  • XXX-X XXX (3 cr.) P: Prior permission of advisor
  • XXX-X XXX (3 cr.) P: Prior permission of advisor
  • XXX-X XXX (3 cr.) P: Prior permission of advisor

Special Opportunities

Degree programs in public health balance theoretical knowledge with professional experience through internships and opportunities to work with faculty on research, teaching, and service projects. The Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree program is accredited by the Council for Education in Public Health (CEPH).


The public’s interest in healthy lifestyles and focus on prevention is increasing the demand for public health professionals. Public health careers can be found in research agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, and the Food and Drug Administration; ministries of health; international health agencies; health services delivery organizations; local, state, and federal government; nonprofit organizations; businesses and corporations; hospitals; county health departments; and universities. A public health degree in Biostatistics can lead to career positions such as the following:

  • Health Department Biostatistician
  • Data Analyst
  • Clinical Trials Supervisor
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Project Designer
  • Public Health Researcher
  • Statistical Consulting Services

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