The primary focus of the M.P.H. degree program is to prepare individuals with an advanced professional degree 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 master's degree and at least three years of experience directly relevant to biostatistics, or a bachelor's degree and a minimum of five years of experience relevant to biostatistics and public health.
The degree program can be completed in three academic semesters of full-time study and a 10-week practice experience. In addition to the five public health core courses, the M.P.H. student completes a core of four biostatistics courses, electives, a practice experience, and a culminating experience of an M.P.H. project or capstone course. The M.P.H. degree may be completed in three semesters plus the intervening summer. A minimum of 42 credits is required.