MPH in Epidemiology & Biostatistics prepares students to design and conduct population health studies and apply research findings to improve the health of urban populations. It consists of 2 specializations: one in Epidemiology and one in Biostatistics. Epidemiology students learn to understand the principles, methods, strengths and limitations of epidemiologic study designs; collaborate on applied population health research; interpret epidemiologic findings, effectively communicate research and finding to lay and professional audiences, and apply the findings to the development of evidence-based interventions to improve population health. Biostatistics students gain an awareness and basic understanding of advanced statistical methods and learn to apply core and intermediate level statistical methods to public health endeavors, such as data management, statistical analysis, interpretation, and presentation of analytical results using computing technology. Graduates of both specialization are employed in government and private health agencies, industry, and research institutions. Credits: 45

 

Admissions Information:

Admission Requirements for all MPH specializations
  • Completed SOPHAS application
  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited university with GPA (overall and major) of at least 3.0 preferred
  • Personal statement/statement of purpose (recommended length is 500 words)
  • Graduate Record Exam (General GRE) (waived for those with graduate degree from accredited U.S. university). SOPHAS GRE code is 7914
  • Background in the field: at least one year of experience in public health or related field
  • Resume
  • Letters of recommendation, also known as evaluations – for your application to be deemed complete, SOPHAS requires 3 evaluations.
  • TOEFL scores are required if language of instruction for prior degrees was not English
  • Transcript evaluation – for all applicants with international transcripts. Must be from World Education Services (WES)
Additional Admission Requirements Evidence of quantitative abilities, such as completion of college-level algebra with a grade of B or better, or ≥146 on quantitative and ≥4.5 on analytical portions of the GRE
Apply All degree-seeking students must complete the SOPHAS application.

DEADLINE: MARCH 1

Acceptance occurs once a year, for the Fall semester only.

 

 

Competencies (Epidemiology)

  • Identify key sources of data for epidemiologic purposes
  • Use measures of disease frequency and association to appropriately describe the distribution and determinants of disease, and appropriately characterize statistical uncertainty around such estimates
  • Critically read and evaluate the strengths and limitations of epidemiologic literature from a methodological perspective
  • Select epidemiologic study designs, data collection techniques, and analytic approaches suitable for different scientific inquiries
  • Identify key threats to validity (internal and external) within and across epidemiologic studies
  • Use statistical software to collect, retrieve, analyze and summarize epidemiologic data

 

Competencies (Biostatistics)

  • Describe assumptions, procedures, strengths and limitations of statistical methods that are used in public health research
  • Select statistical methods that are suitable for different purposes of analysis and different types of data
  • Apply statistical methods correctly in public health research
  • Use information technology and computer software effectively for collection, management, analysis and presentation of public health data
  • Accurately describe computer outputs of those analyses and appropriately interpret the statistical results
  • Write scientific reports of statistical analyses correctly with tables and figures
  • Orally present statistical findings clearly and effectively
  • Summarize correctly and critically evaluate statistical analyses in published literature

 

Curriculum

Core Coursework (15 credits) BIOS 611 Principles of Biostatistics
EPID 611 Principles of Epidemiology
EOHS 610 Fundamentals of Environmental Health
CHSS 610 Fundamentals of Society & Behavioral Health
HPAM 610 Fundamentals of Health Policy & Management
Required Coursework (15 credits) BIOS 620 Applied Biostatistics I
BIOS 621 Applied Biostatistics II
EPID 620 Epidemiological Methods I
EPID 621 Epidemiological Methods II
EPID 622 Applied Research: Data Management and Analysis
Elective Coursework (9 credits) Epidemiology students choose 3 of the following, 2 of which must be EPID courses:

EPID 623 – Clinical Trials and Experimental Design

EPID 624 – Social Epidemiology

EPID 625 – Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases

EPID 626 – Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases

EPID 627 – Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology

EPID 628 – Nutritional Epidemiology

EPID 629 – Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology

EPID 695 – Special topics in Epidemiology methods

One relevant course in biostatistics (e.g. BIOS 622 or BIOS 624)

One course in data mapping

One course in demography

One course in quantitative methods from another field (upon advisor approval)

  Biostatistics students choose 3 of the following, 2 of which must be BIOS or STAT courses:

BIOS 622 – Analysis of Categorical Data

BIOS 623 – Analysis of Longitudinal Data

BIOS 624 – Design and Analysis of Complex Surveys

BIOS 625 – Survival Analysis

BIOS 626 – Data Analysis

BIOS 627 – Analysis of Variance

STAT 70100 – Advanced Probability I

STAT 70300 – Mathematical Statistics

STAT 70600 – General Linear Models I

STAT 70700 – General Linear Models II

STAT 72600 – Theory & Methods of Sampling

One relevant course in epidemiology (e.g. EPID 623)

One course in data mapping

One course in experimental design from another field

(Biostatistics students are encouraged to take calculus-based probability courses e.g. STAT 70100.)

Practice Experience (3 credits) PUBH 696 Supervised Fieldwork
Culminating Experience (3 credits) PUBH 698 Capstone Project
Total Credits Required for MPH 45

 

Recommended Course Sequence

Semester Course Credits
Year 1 Fall EPID 611 Principles of Epidemiology 3
BIOS 611 Principles of Biostatistics 3
EOHS 610 Fundamentals of Environmental Health 3
CHSS 610 Fundamentals of Society & Behavioral Health 3
Year 1 Spring HPAM 610 Fundamentals of Health Policy & Management 3
BIOS 620 Applied Biostatistics I 3
EPID 620 Epidemiological Methods I 3
Selective I 3
Year 1 Summer PUBH 696 Supervised Fieldwork 3
Year 2 Fall BIOS 621 Applied Biostatistics II 3
EPID 621 Epidemiological Methods II 3
Selective II 3
Year 2 Spring Selective III 3
EPID 622 Applied Research: Data Management and Analysis 3
PUBH 698 Capstone Project 3

 

 

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