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2017-2018 Graduate Studies Bulletin (Archived Copy) 
    
 
  Oct 20, 2019
 
2017-2018 Graduate Studies Bulletin (Archived Copy) [Archived Catalog]

Biostatistics, M.S.P.H.



A minimum of 44 credit hours is required for the Master of Science in Public Health with a major in Biostatistics. Students are required to have two semesters of calculus or will be expected to make up the deficit beyond the minimum program of study. Additional courses may be required to meet prerequisites or to accommodate electives. All department core courses must be passed with a grade of “B” or better. Failure to do so will necessitate repeating the course; these courses can only be repeated once. Course requirements are given below

Learning Outcomes

Students will…

  • Demonstrate the ability to evaluate a given health related problem, and to identify the most appropriate statistical technique (e.g., t-test, contingency table, correlation) for analysis.
  • Demonstrate the ability to interpret the results of a statistical analysis, and to communicate such interpretations in an easily comprehendible manner.
  • Display a mastery of a variety of traditional and newly developed statistical techniques, including multivariable methods for continuous and categorical data analysis.
  • Demonstrate the ability to structure available data in an easily useable form, using a variety of data management software tools.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use a variety of statistical software packages, to create and maintain databases, and to analyze data.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work independently on a research problem, outside of the classroom setting and present the results to an audience.
  • Demonstrate the ability to modify and extend existing statistical techniques to answer questions posed by health related situations, and to synthesize such research results into acceptable research papers.
  • Master of Science students will demonstrate an understanding of current public health practice and how various health-related disciplines contribute to achieving public health goals.