Master of Public Health in the Field of Biostatistics

Program Director H. Hoffman


The mission of the master of public health in the field of biostatistics degree program is to educate students in the methodological and quantitative skills needed to apply statistical methods to the biological, biomedical, and health services sciences. In addition to enhancing students' capacity to think critically and creatively, the program deepens their commitment to improving the public's health and to engaging in and promoting public service—qualities essential to biostatisticians and public health practitioners.


The goals of the biostatistics program are to ensure that graduates:

  • Understand and adhere to high scientific standards for research.
  • Understand how to apply statistical methods to biological/biomedical sciences and health services.
  • Understand and follow guidelines for ethical treatment of research participants.
  • Communicate research findings to a lay audience.
  • Respect cultural diversity throughout all of the above.

Visit the program website for additional program information.

To be considered for admission, students must have completed two semesters of college-level calculus through calculus II with a grade of or above.

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 45 credits, including 17 credits in core courses, 19 credits in program-specific courses, 7 credits in elective courses, and a 2-credit culminating experience.

Core courses
PUBH 6002Biostatistical Applications for Public Health
PUBH 6003Principles and Practices of Epidemiology
PUBH 6007Social and Behavioral Approaches to Public Health
PUBH 6009Fundamentals of Public Health Program Evaluation
PUBH 6011Environmental and Biological Foundations of Public Health
PUBH 6012Fundamentals of Health Policy
PUBH 6021Essentials of Public Health Practice and Leadership I
PUBH 6022Essentials of Public Health Practice and Leadership II (Includes Practicum)
PUBH 6023Interprofessional Education Experience
Departmental/program-specific courses
PUBH 6247Design of Health Studies
PUBH 6249Use of Statistical Packages: Data Management and Data Analysis
PUBH 6252Advanced Epidemiology Methods
PUBH 6258Advanced Topics in Biostatistical Consulting
PUBH 6260Advanced Data Analysis for Public Health
PUBH 6264Quantitative Methods
PUBH 6266Biostatistical Methods
Culminating experience
PUBH 6015Culminating Experience
7 credits in any graduate-level SPH courses.