The Biostatistics Master of Public Health (MPH) track combines broad training in public health with specific training in Biostatistics. The track includes core courses in biostatistics, environmental health, epidemiology, health services, and social and behavioral sciences. In addition, successful candidates are required to complete a public health practicum and write a research-based master's thesis. The degree is designed for individuals who anticipate careers as data analysts in public health research or practice and for individuals who plan doctoral work in public health or biomedical field, but who want more methodological training than those PhD programs offer.
The MPH track provides quantitative research training to individuals who hold a doctoral level degree in another field (e.g., MD, PhD) or are concurrently pursuing such a degree. The Biostatistics Pathway MPH will not be awarded until the doctoral degree is conferred.
Department Policy on Waiving Course Requirements
In order to facilitate more rapid progress through the programs of study administered by the Department of Biostatistics, the departmental faculty will consider petitions for waiving required coursework as described by the policy guidelines given below.
The overarching principles of this policy are:
Only in the most extraordinary circumstances can the above general policy be waived for an individual student, and then only if agreed by the faculty as a whole.