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2022-2023 Catalog 
2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

MPH Biostatistics & Data Science

The Master of Public Health (MPH) program with a concentration in Biostatistics & Data Science (48 credit hours) is designed to train students in data management, statistical data analysis, interpreting results, using statistical computing programs, and communicating analytical findings The concentration focuses on practical applications of biostatistics in public health, biomedical, pharmaceutical, and clinical research settings. In addition to rigorous training in statistical reasoning and techniques, students will acquire essential skills to become an effective member of a project team, including, but not limited to, communicating statistical information to educated lay (non-statistics) audiences, project management, negotiation skills, and collaborating with various professions in public health and other health sciences. 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. Prospective applicants should have a strong quantitative background and previous course work in college algebra and calculus.

Students in the MPH Biostatistics concentration are admitted once a year as a cohort. Full-time attendance is required and students are expected to graduate in five consecutive semesters. Students follow a weekly calendar of curricular and co-curricular activities that occupies 8-hour blocks of time, Monday through Friday.

Admission Requirements and Application Procedures  


Students will choose one elective course with advisor approval from the approved elective list.

MPH Practice Experience

All MPH students are required to complete a Public Health practice experience internship. This requirement is based upon the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) accreditation.

This course provides opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience addressing MPH foundation and concentration-specific competencies. Students are required to commit to a minimum of 600 cumulative hours total over three semesters and complete other assignments that promote the synthesis of MPH competencies. Students are required to complete a project that is specific and beneficial to the organization and are supervised by a Faculty member and an organizational site supervisor. Placements and practice activities are selected to complement the students’ academic and professional goals. Students must attend all required practice experience sessions and obtain approval of their placement before enrolling in the course. 

Prerequisite: Students must be in good academic standing with the university and have completed all required courses during the first year cohort program or have completed at least 21 SCH as an online student. 

For more information, please see the Public Health Practice Experience website.