Biostatistics uses data analysis to investigate the cause of disease and injuries, as well as to identify health trends within communities. Students entering into a biostatistics program should possess  a solid understanding of mathematics and a broad knowledge of statistical methods, measures, and biology. The Biostatistics concentration is designed primarily for students with a previous undergraduate degree, particularly in the health sciences, who want to obtain a solid background in quantitative and analytical methods for public health research. The coursework exposes students to methodology typically used to analyze different types of public health data and gives them opportunities to apply these methodologies themselves. Graduates of the MPH program with a concentration in Biostatistics will return to their careers with an improved understanding of quantitative methods for public health research. This increased knowledge will both facilitate their own research programs and enhance their ability to critically read the literature in their field.

Faculty in the Department of Biostatistics ( teach courses and advise students in the biostatistics concentration. The curriculum is designed to enable students to develop competence in very specific biostatistical skills. Students are required to develop basic skills in regression analysis, survival analysis, and epidemiology methods. Each biostatistics MPH student has an opportunity to take public health electives and complete his/her program of study with an internship that includes a special analytical project

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Biostatistics Curricula

Click below to view full curricula for the 48-credit and accelerated 42-credit MPH programs.

  • Standard 48-credit MPH Curriculum, Biostatistics Concentration
  • Accelerated 42-credit MPH Curriculum, Biostatistics Concentration
  • PLEASE NOTE: Students starting the program in or after Fall 2019 will have slightly different plans of study to account for accreditation changes and the introduction of Applied Practice Experience and Integrative Learning Experience, instead of Internship and Seminar.

Biostatistics Competencies

Click here to review the competencies expected of graduates of the Biostatistics concentration and the courses that contribute to them.

Biostatistics Core Courses

Concentration Core Courses

  • PHC 6000 Epidemiology Research Methods I
    Prereq: PHC 6001, and PHC 6052 or PHC 6050
  • PHC 6053 Regression Methods for the Health and Life Sciences
    Prereq: PHC 6052 or equivalent.
  • PHC 6055 Biostatistical Computing Using R
    Prereq: PHC 6053 or equivalent
  • PHC 6080 SAS for Public Health Data
    Prereq: PHC 6052 or equivalent
  • PHC 6081 SAS for Public Health Analysis
    Coereq: PHC 6080: SAS for Public Health – Data (or equivalent), Prereq: PHC 6052 or equivalent.
  • PHC 6937 Applied Survival Analysis
    Prereq: PHC 6052 or equivalent, knowledge of multiple regression, SAS programming experience.


The purpose of the MPH internship (usually a research internship for biostatistics students) is to (1) apply the skills learned across the MPH curriculum and within the biostatistics concentration specifically, and (2) to advance the student’s understanding of biostatistics and public health in a real-world application and setting. Based on students’ goals, the internship setting may be in a public health agency, academic setting, or another related organization or agency. Within those settings, students may focus on a variety of specific discipline or content areas of research, such as infectious or chronic disease, genetics, or cancer.

  • PLEASE NOTE: Students starting the program in or after Fall 2019 will have different requirements due to CEPH accreditation changes. In place of the Public Health Internship, students will complete 3-6 credits of Applied Practice Experience. APE involves internship hours and community service hours.

Special Analytical Project

Within each internship experience, students must complete a special project that demonstrates their ability to define an issue, apply methods appropriate to their concentration, and produce results. The special project serves as the basis for a final written report and either an oral or poster presentation. These final activities of the MPH program are intended to encourage students to understand their projects in the larger context of public health as a cross-disciplinary field and in relation to the competencies expected of all MPH graduates. Student presentations are scheduled on one or two Public Health Days near the end of fall, spring and summer semesters. DVM/MPH students typically present in the summer or fall of their senior year.