MPH Biostatistics

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Biostatistics is designed to train students in data management, statistical analysis, interpretation, and presentation of analytical results using computing technology. The concentration focuses on the methodologies and procedures of statistical analysis and research design. There are excellent career opportunities for students wishing to pursue positions in local, state, and federal health agencies, health and medical centers, health care and clinical research institutions, the pharmaceutical industry, and consulting. Applicants to this program are expected to have a background in college algebra and calculus.

By the conclusion of the MPH program, a student in biostatistics will be able to:

  • Translate mathematical and statistical foundations to biostatistics;
  • Design and critically evaluate study protocols in the health sciences;
  • Design and apply comprehensive data management strategies for health-related studies;
  • Identify and apply suitable statistical methods for data analyses;
  • Effectively communicate statistical information to health practitioners and professionals;
  • Understand and abide by strict ethical standards in health-related studies.

2014-2015 Curriculum (48 SCH)

Core MPH Competencies

Core Courses: 15 SCH
BACH 5300 Theoretical Foundations of Individual & Community Health (3 SCH)
BIOS 5301 Foundations of Biostastistics (3 SCH)
EOHS 5300 Environmental Determinants of Health (3 SCH)
EPID 5300 Principles of Epidemiology (3 SCH)
HMAP 5300 Introduction to Health Management & Policy (3 SCH)

Concentration Required Courses: 22.5 SCH
BIOS 5311 Regression and ANOVA (3 SCH)
BIOS 6300 Advanced Methods in Biostatistics (3 SCH)
BIOS 6314 Categorical Data Analysis (3 SCH)
BIOS 6320 Biostatistical Research and Consulting (3 SCH)
BIOS 6322 Longitudinal Data Analysis (3 SCH)
BIOS 6324 Survival Analysis (3 SCH)
EPID 5313 Introduction to Data Management and Statistical Computing (3 SCH)
PHED 5197 Academic and Professional Development (1.5 SCH)

Approved Elective Courses: (3-9 SCH)
3 SCH with comprehensive examination; 9 SCH with thesis option 
BIOS 5391 Topics in Biostatistics
BIOS 6326 Methods of Clinical Trials
BIOS 6391 Advanced Topics in Biostatistics
EPID 5310 Intermediate Epidemiology
EPID 5312 Survey Research & Questionnaire Design
EPID 6328 Secondary Data Analysis 

Practice Experience: 1.5 SCH
BIOS 5297 Public Health Practice Experience (1.5 SCH)

Culminating Experience: (0-6) SCH
BIOS 5001 MPH Comprehensive Exam (0 SCH)
BIOS 5395 Thesis (6 SCH)

Course Descriptions

Sequence of Coursework 

(Adopted from From Association of Schools of Public Health Education Committee, Master Degree in Public Health Core Competency Project, Version 2.3, May 2007)

All students in the MPH Program are expected to master a set of public health competencies that are used to evaluate public health knowledge, skills and practice. The competencies that have been selected by the UNTHSC SPH are consistent with the recommendations of the Association of Schools of Public Health (, and address the five core areas of biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health science, health policy and management, and social and behavioral sciences, as well as those specific to their chosen concentration area. MPH students will master the competencies through various activities including coursework, seminars and practice experience. Upon graduation they will be able to demonstrate broad knowledge in the core areas of public health and apply public health perspectives, knowledge, skills and practice in their areas of specialization.

This page last updated 18th Apr 2014