Master of Public Health in the Field of Biostatistics

Program Director H. Hoffman

Mission

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.

Goals

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.

The specialization in biostatistics focuses on developing students’ skills in the statistical analysis and interpretation of health research data. The following competencies were developed in concert with professors of biostatistics courses (at GW as well as from other CEPH-accredited MPH programs), biostatistics textbooks, conversations with prospective employers likely to hire MPH-biostatistics graduates, and with experience teaching biostatistics courses to MPH students. ASPH Education Committee competencies were also consulted.

Upon completion of the Master of Public Health in the field of biostatistics, students will demonstrate functional competence to:

  • Manipulate various databases from large scale epidemiological studies and clinical trials studies using statistical software, e.g.  SAS®
    Relevant courses
    PUBH 6014Practicum
    PUBH 6015Culminating Experience
    PUBH 6249StatPackages/DataMgt&DataAnlys
    PUBH 6252Advanced Epidemiology Methods
    PUBH 6258Adv Topics/Biostat Consulting
    PUBH 6260Adv DataAnalysis-Public Health
    PUBH 6266Biostatistical Methods
  • Use theoretical biostatistical concepts in an applied setting to identify the appropriate data analysis methods for public health and biomedical studies including cohort, case control, cross-sectional, and clinical trials.
    Relevant courses
    PUBH 6014Practicum
    PUBH 6015Culminating Experience
    PUBH 6249StatPackages/DataMgt&DataAnlys
    PUBH 6258Adv Topics/Biostat Consulting
    PUBH 6260Adv DataAnalysis-Public Health
    PUBH 6264Quantitative Methods
    PUBH 6266Biostatistical Methods
  • Synthesize data and relevant literature and interpret findings from statistical analyses in a causal framework, in order to prepare manuscripts and make oral presentations for both professional and lay audiences. 
    Relevant courses
    PUBH 6014Practicum
    PUBH 6015Culminating Experience
    PUBH 6249StatPackages/DataMgt&DataAnlys
    PUBH 6252Advanced Epidemiology Methods
    PUBH 6258Adv Topics/Biostat Consulting
    PUBH 6260Adv DataAnalysis-Public Health
    PUBH 6261Epi-Bio Skills Bldg Seminar
    PUBH 6264Quantitative Methods
    PUBH 6266Biostatistical Methods
  • Work as a member of a multidisciplinary research team and recognize and appropriately respond to ethical issues that arise in research.
    Relevant courses
    PUBH 6014Practicum
    PUBH 6015Culminating Experience
    PUBH 6247Design of Health Studies
    PUBH 6249StatPackages/DataMgt&DataAnlys
    PUBH 6252Advanced Epidemiology Methods
    PUBH 6258Adv Topics/Biostat Consulting
    PUBH 6260Adv DataAnalysis-Public Health
    PUBH 6261Epi-Bio Skills Bldg Seminar
    PUBH 6266Biostatistical Methods
  • Provide biostatistical advice as a member of a team of researchers engaged in a biomedical or epidemiological research project.
    Relevant courses
    PUBH 6014Practicum
    PUBH 6015Culminating Experience
    PUBH 6249StatPackages/DataMgt&DataAnlys
    PUBH 6258Adv Topics/Biostat Consulting
    PUBH 6252Advanced Epidemiology Methods
    PUBH 6260Adv DataAnalysis-Public Health
    PUBH 6266Biostatistical Methods
  • Apply biomedical and epidemiological concepts in identifying and describing the determinants and the distribution of disease in human populations which is the necessary background for successful participation in studies of health and disease. 
    Relevant courses
    PUBH 6014Practicum
    PUBH 6015Culminating Experience
    PUBH 6247Design of Health Studies
    PUBH 6252Advanced Epidemiology Methods
  • Identify and assess patterns of emerging diseases to postulate hypotheses and to propose appropriate strategies in order to quantitatively evaluate the impact of health problems.
    Relevant courses
    PUBH 6014Practicum
    PUBH 6015Culminating Experience
    PUBH 6247Design of Health Studies
    PUBH 6249StatPackages/DataMgt&DataAnlys
    PUBH 6258Adv Topics/Biostat Consulting
    PUBH 6252Advanced Epidemiology Methods
    PUBH 6260Adv DataAnalysis-Public Health
    PUBH 6266Biostatistical Methods
  • Comprehend basic ethical and legal principles pertaining to the collection, maintenance, use and dissemination of biomedical and epidemiologic data.
    Relevant courses
    PUBH 6014Practicum
    PUBH 6015Culminating Experience
    PUBH 6247Design of Health Studies
    PUBH 6252Advanced Epidemiology Methods
    PUBH 6258Adv Topics/Biostat Consulting
    PUBH 6260Adv DataAnalysis-Public Health
    PUBH 6261Epi-Bio Skills Bldg Seminar
    PUBH 6266Biostatistical Methods

Program Prerequisites

All applicants must have completed two semesters of college-level calculus through calculus II with a minimum grade of B in order to be considered for admission. 

M.P.H. Requirements

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 45 credits, including 15 credits in core courses, 20 credits in program-specific courses, 6 credits in electives, 2 credits in a practicum,* and 2 credits in a culminating experience.

Program Requirements 

Required core courses
PUBH 6001Biological Concepts in Public Health
PUBH 6002Biostatistical Applications for Public Health
PUBH 6003Principles and Practices of Epidemiology
PUBH 6004Environmental and Occupational Health in a Sustainable World
PUBH 6006Management and Policy Approaches to Public Health
PUBH 6007Social and Behavioral Approaches to Public Health
Required program-specific courses
PUBH 6247Design of Health Studies
PUBH 6249StatPackages/DataMgt&DataAnlys
PUBH 6252Advanced Epidemiology Methods
PUBH 6258Adv Topics/Biostat Consulting
PUBH 6260Adv DataAnalysis-Public Health
PUBH 6261Epi-Bio Skills Bldg Seminar
PUBH 6264Quantitative Methods
PUBH 6266Biostatistical Methods
Electives
Select epi-biostatics courses with advisor's approval
Practicum and culminating experience
PUBH 6014Practicum
PUBH 6015Culminating Experience

Graduation Requirements

  1. Graduate credit requirement: 45 graduate credits
  2. Course requirements: Successful completion of core and program-specific courses
  3. Grade point requirement: 3.0 (B average) overall grade point average
  4. Time limit requirement: The degree must be completed within four years.
  5. Transfer credit policy: Up to 12 graduate credits that have not been applied to a previous graduate degree may be transferred to the Master of Public Health program. Up to 18 credits may be transferred to the Master of Public Health from the SPH graduate certificate. Credits must have been earned from an accredited institution in the last 3 years with a grade point of 3.0 or better.

*Students should begin planning their practicum during year 1.