Biostatistics is designed to train students in data management, statistical analysis, interpretation, and presentation of analytical results using computing technology. The concentration focuses on the methodologies and procedures of statistical analysis and research design. There are excellent career opportunities for students wishing to pursue positions in local, state, and federal health agencies, health and medical centers, health care and clinical research institutions, the pharmaceutical industry, and consulting. Applicants to this program are expected to have a background in college algebra and calculus.By the conclusion of the MPH program, a student in biostatistics will be able to:
Foundation – Translate mathematical and statistical foundations to biostatistics;
Research Design – Design and critically evaluate study protocols in the health sciences;
Data Management – Design and apply comprehensive data management strategies for health-related studies;
Data Analysis – Identify and apply suitable statistical methods for data analyses;
Communication, Collaboration, and Consultation – Effectively communicate statistical information to health practitioners and professionals;
Ethical Practice – Understand and abide by strict ethical standards in health-related studies.
Full-time Program: All students entering fall 2016 will progress through their program in a cohort, completing all degree requirements in five semesters (including summer).
2015-2016 Curriculum (48 SCH)
Core Courses: 15 SCH
BACH 5300 Theoretical Foundations of Individual & Community Health (3 SCH)
BIOS 5301 Foundations of Biostatistics (3 SCH)
EOHS 5300 Environmental Determinants of Health (3 SCH)
EPID 5300 Principles of Epidemiology (3 SCH)
HMAP 5300 Introduction to Health Management & Policy (3 SCH)
Concentration Required Courses: 22.5 SCH
BIOS 5311 Regression and ANOVA (3 SCH)
BIOS 6300 Advanced Methods in Biostatistics (3 SCH)
BIOS 6314 Categorical Data Analysis (3 SCH)
BIOS 6320 Biostatistical Research and Consulting (3 SCH)
BIOS 6322 Longitudinal Data Analysis (3 SCH)
BIOS 6324 Survival Analysis (3 SCH)
EPID 5313 Introduction to Data Management and Statistical Computing (3 SCH)
PHED 5197 Professional and Academic Development (1.5 SCH)
Approved Elective Courses: (3-9 SCH)
9 SCH with comprehensive examination; 3 SCH with thesis option
BIOS 5391* Topics in Biostatistics (3 SCH)
BIOS 6326 Methods of Clinical Trials (3 SCH)
BIOS 6391* Advanced Topics in Biostatistics (3 SCH)
EPID 5310 Intermediate Epidemiology (3 SCH)
EPID 5312 Survey Research & Questionnaire Design (3 SCH)
EPID 6328 Secondary Data Analysis (3 SCH)
*May be repeated for credit provided topics are different
Practice Experience: 1.5 SCH
BIOS 5297 Public Health Practice Experience (1.5 SCH)
Culminating Experience: 0-6 SCH
PHED 5000 Certified in Public Health Examination (0 SCH)
BIOS 5001 MPH Comprehensive Exam (0 SCH)
BIOS 5395 Thesis (6 SCH)
CORE MPH COMPETENCIES
The Master of Public Health degree program prepares students to address the following core competencies while advancing their knowledge of public health:
Public Health Knowledge & Skills-The MPH student will apply basic knowledge and skills of the core public health sciences that include: biostatistics, epidemiology, health management and policy, behavioral and community health, and environmental and occupational health, to the prevention of illness and injury and the promotion of population health.
Integration of Theory and Practice-The MPH student will demonstrate the effective integration of theory and practice related to public health issues that affect diverse populations, through a thesis or comprehensive examination and a practice experience.
Communication and Informatics-The MPH student will gather, organize, and manage data and information effectively to address public health issues through oral and written communications to diverse professionals and lay audiences.
Diversity and Culture-The MPH student will demonstrate the ability to interact with both diverse individuals and communities to produce or impact an intended public health outcome.
Professionalism-The MPH student will apply ethical principles to the practice of public health in a variety of settings, demonstrating personal integrity while embracing diverse communities.