Master's of Public Health (MPH) with a Concentration in Biostatistics

Master’s of Public Health (MPH) degree students with a concentration in biostatistics are trained in the application of statistical principles and methods to problems in fields such as public health, health sciences, medicine and biology.

In general, biostatisticians develop and apply biostatistical theory and methods to the study of these life sciences. Biostatistics skills—quantifying the possible effects of risk factors and health interventions on individuals and groups—are needed in all fields of public health, and our graduates are highly capable contributors. They are equipped to specify and produce valid study designs, perform database management, produce working tables/statistical summaries, analyze data in terms of stated hypotheses, generate new hypotheses and interpret study results.



  • PHC 6056: Longitudinal Health Data Analysis
  • PHC 6064: Applied Statistical Methods for Discrete Data
  • PHC 6080: SAS Computing for the Health Sciences
  • PHC 6091: Biostatistics 2
  • PHC 6059: Survival Data Analysis


PHC 6945 (Practicum in Public Health) and PHC 6930C (Integrative Seminar in Public Health/culminating experience) are both required for all MPH students.

The practicum may be taken after completing a minimum of 30 hours, including all core courses. The practicum may be waived if the student has at least three years of relevant practice experience working in a public health setting. The waiver request is prepared and submitted by the student through their faculty advisor and department chair. If the practicum requirement is waived, the student will need to substitute three additional approved hours so that the total curriculum hour requirement of 45 is met. MPH students are expected to complete PHC 6930C Integrative Seminar in Public Health during their last semester in the program.

How to Apply

Public Health students concentrating in Biostatistics must apply via SOPHAS.