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Biostatistics & Epidemiology Master's Degree Requirements

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Master of Public Health Degree Program

M.P.H. Degree Program in Biostatistics
The primary focus of the Master of Public Health degree program in biostatistics is to prepare individuals to undertake meaningful teaching, research, and service roles in the fields of medicine and public health. Graduates of this program are expected to understand the role that statistics play in helping to identify and resolve contemporary health problems, assist in the planning and implementation of health-related studies, and undertake analysis and draw appropriate conclusions from the collected data.

M.P.H. applicants must have an advanced professional degree in a health field (M.D., D.V.M., D.D.S., D.O.), or a health-related mas-ter’s degree and at least three years’ experience directly relevant to biostatistics, or a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of five years’ experience relevant to biostatistics and public health.

The degree program can be completed in three academic semesters and a 10-week summer practice experience.

The total number of credits required for graduation is 42, 15 of which must be earned in Public Health core courses (PUBHLTH 540, 565, 601, 620, 630), 18 credits in Biostatistics core courses (PUBHLTH 632, 640, 691F, 741, 743), 3 credits for the practicum experience, 3 credits for the culminating experience (which may be fulfiled by an M.P.H. project, a capstone course or a comprehensive examination) and 3 credits from an elective course.

M.P.H. Degree Program in Epidemiology
The Master of Public Health degree program in epidemiology is designed for the health professional who wishes to pursue a public health degree. This generalized degree provides an opportunity to expand one’s knowledge base and broaden perspectives; develop an epidemiological orientation to public health problems; and improve methodological and quantitative skills.

M.P.H. applicants must have earned an advanced professional degree (M.D., D.V.M., D.D.S., D.O.), have completed a master’s or doctoral degree in a health-related field, or have considerable experience in a health-related field.

The degree program can be completed in three academic semesters and a 10-week summer practice experience, although many students choose to spread the program over two years.

The total number of credits required for graduation is 42, 15 of which must be earned in Public Health core courses (PUBHLTH 540, 565, 601, 620, 630), 9 credits in Epidemiology core courses (PUBHLTH 632, 640, 796 for three semesters), 3 credits for the practicum experience, 3 credits for culminating experience (which may be fulfilled either by an M.P.H. project, a capstone course, or a comprehensive exam), and 12 credits from elective courses.

All M.P.H. students are required to complete a practicum as part of their degree requirements. Culminating experience options include one or more of the following: a capstone course, an M.P.H. project or a comprehensive examination.


Master of Science Degree Program

M.S. Degree Program in Biostatistics
The major focus of the Master of Science degree program in Biostatistics is to prepare highly qualified individuals with advanced research skills to undertake public health research responsibilities. The program emphasizes the applied aspects of biostatistical research in measuring and investigating contemporary biomedical and public health problems.

M.S. applicants are accepted with backgrounds in the quantitative sciences, and from associated fields.

The degree program is generally completed within two years.

Degree requirements include a minimum of 45 credits:
9 credits of public health core courses
21 credits of biostatistics core courses
6 credits: STAT 515 and 516
9 credits of elective courses, of which 6 credits can be for M.S. thesis and oral defense or a two-course non-thesis option with exam.

A practicum is required.

M.S. Degree Program in Epidemiology
The Master of Science degree program in epidemiology is designed for the student without professional training but with a career interest in epidemiological research. It provides methodological skills in research design, study implementation, and data analysis. Each student develops a focus area in epidemiology through a combination of elective courses, course papers, choice of summer practice experience, and selection of thesis topic.

M.S. applicants are accepted with backgrounds in a variety of fields but most commonly in the natural, social or behavioral sciences.

The degree program is generally completed within two years. The time taken to complete the thesis is the major factor determining the length of the student’s program.

Degree requirements include a minimum of 45 credits:
9 credits of public health core courses
21 credits of epidemiology core courses
6 credits of epidemiology elective courses
3 credits of other elective courses
3 credits for M.S. thesis and oral defense
3 credits for practicum experience.