Degree Programs

The Biostatistics concentration offers curricula leading to the Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree, the Master of Science (M.S.) degree, and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. Our degree programs provide the theoretical and applied statistical methods necessary to design laboratory, medical, and public health studies; to undertake quantitative evaluation and measurement; and to use statistical inferences to arrive at appropriate conclusions from medical and public health data.

As part of the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, we prepare students to unravel complex health issues by integrating traditional basic knowledge of biostatistics with innovative research in the biological sciences, along with the core areas of public health and the related health science disciplines. We provide students with strong analytic and quantitative skills necessary for etiologic research, disease surveillance, program evaluation, and public health practice.

At this time, the department does not offer an undergraduate major in Biostatistics; however, several undergraduate courses are offered. We encourage undergraduate students to take one or more of these courses, as they provide an idea of the range of topics in the field and can be a jumping off point for a career in Biostatistics. An introductory course appropriate at a Junior or Senior level is An Introduction to Biostatistics in the Health Sciences. Other courses that may be taken at the undergraduate level include Introductory Biostatistics and Data Management. Interested undergraduate students are also advised to consider the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Public Health Sciences degree program. High-achieving undergraduate students may opt for the Accelerated 4+1 B.S./M.S. degree program with a concentration in Biostatistics.

The Biostatistics concentration is a part of the Department of Biostatistics & Epidemiology in the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences (SPHHS). The SPHHS is fully accredited by the Council of Education for Public Health, and is a member of the Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health.