MPH Degree Requirements


The Master of Public Health in Biostatistics is a 63-credit degree and requires completion of the following:

Course credits

  • 40 credits of core curriculum courses
  • 6 credits of elective courses
  • 2 research seminar credits
  • 3 credits for consulting
  • 3 credits for practicum
  • 9 credits for thesis
  • Minimum 3.0 grade in each required course and 2.7 minimum in each elective course
  • Full-time enrollment of 10 credits per quarter is expected (summer optional).


Students must complete a field practicum. The practicum experience must be with an organization or agency that provides planning or services relevant to public health. For complete details, see the School of Public Health practicum information.


The master's thesis is an opportunity to give insight into a research question or body of data. It also provides evidence of the student's ability to carry out independent biostatistical investigation and to present the results in clear and systematic form. Under the guidance of an advisor and second reader, MPH students must perform biostatistics research and write a thesis.