The MPH degree in Biostatistics is designed to enhance the quantitative skills of public health practitioners who use statistics frequently in their work. This degree is intended primarily for specialists in public health who use and adapt statistical procedures for health and medical care programs, or serve in a technical capacity as resource person and collaborators in field and programmatic studies.
Upon satisfactory completion of an MPH degree, students are able to interpret quantitative findings in accurate, accessible language for colleagues outside of biostatistics, as well as for broader dissemination to the public and other public health professionals. Graduates can formulate and produce graphical displays of quantitative information that effectively communicate analytic findings; explain general principles of study design in attempting to identify risk factors for disease, isolate targets for prevention, and assess the effectiveness of one or more interventions; and apply the basic tenets of research design and analysis for the purpose of critically reviewing research and programs in disciplines outside of biostatistics.
Applicants should have some background in college mathematics, including at least a year of calculus. A semester of linear/matrix algebra is highly encouraged. Students with strong scores on the quantitative section of the GRE are given first preference.