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MPH - Applied Biostatistics

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus - Aurora, CO

The Master of Public Health in Applied Biostatistics (MPH-AB) program is designed for students wanting a broad education in the field of public health, augmented with specialization in biostatistics and informatics.  In addition to coursework in four other core areas of public health, students learn a variety of commonly used statistical methods as well as their application in public health and medical research.  Coursework, a practicum, and a capstone project provide experience with design, collection, management, analysis, interpretation and presentation of health data.

The Applied Biostatistics concentration in the MPH program (MPH/AB) targets students interested in a broader exposure to areas of public health, with specialization in biostatistics and analysis.  The concentration is flexiable and requires 15-24 credits of biostatistics courses, but does not require the statistical theory sequence BIOS 6631/32.  The MPH/AB does not prepare students for PhD work in Biostatistics.

Graduates look forward to rewarding careers in local, state and federal agencies, health and medical centers, pharmaceutical companies and research institutions, working in areas such as heart and lung disease, cancer, dental health, genetics, and infectious diseases, among others. This degree targets public health workers and researchers wishing to strengthen their analytic skills, and is particularly useful in combination with a previous research degree or experience.  Students with strong skills, training and interest in mathematics and a desire to work primarily as biostatisticians in health care and biological settings should consider the MS in Biostatistics program.



Course ID Course Name ​Credits
Required MPH Core Courses
BIOS 6601
Applied Biostatistics I 3
​EPID ​6630 ​Epidemiology ​3
​EHOH 6614 ​Occupational & Environmental Health ​3
​CBHS 6610 ​Social & Behavioral Factors & Health ​3
HSMP 6601 Health Systems Management Policy ​3
​PUBH 6600 ​Foundations in Public Health ​2
​Required Concentration Courses
BIOS 6602 Applied Biostatistics II 3
​BIOS 6623 ​Advanced Data Analysis ​3
​BIOS 6680 ​SAS Database Design & Management ​3
Minimum of 3 Credits from the Following:
​BIOS 6621 ​Statistical Consulting I ​1
​BIOS 6622 ​Statistical Consulting II ​1
​BIOS 6628 ​Latent Variable Methods ​3
​BIOS 6629 ​Applied Survival & Longitudinal Analysis ​3
​BIOS 6631 ​Statistical Theory I ​3
​BIOS 6640 ​Python & R in ​Data Science ​3
​BIOS 6641 ​CAusal Analytics in Public Health ​3
​BIOS 6648 ​Design of Clinical Trials ​3
​BIOS 6655 ​Statistical Methods in Genetic Association ​3
​BIOS 6685 ​Introduction to Public Health Informatics ​3
​Electives ​ ​9
PUBH 6606 ​Practicum ​2
​BIOS 6990 ​Capstone Preparation ​1
​PUBH 6991 ​Capstone Integration ​1
​Total 42


 Concentration Competencies

Identifier MPH Applied Biostatistics Concentration (CN) Competencies
Select and apply appropriate biostatistical methods to support research and evaluation in the core areas of public health research and practice, including: epidemiology, environmental and occupational health, community and behavioral health, and public health systems management, policy and outcomes research.
Translate a study’s scientific question or aims into testable statistical hypotheses and propose and apply appropriate statistical methods to test those hypotheses.
Test and interpret models for continuous outcome data (normal linear model), categorical outcome data (logistic and Poisson regression), and time-to-event data (Cox regression).
Apply the concepts of bias, error, confounding, effect modification, sampling, and generalizability and how they relate to interpretation of study results.
Carry out appropriate sample size and power calculations in basic situations to ensure that a study is sufficiently powered to achieve the scientific aims or address a specific research hypothesis.
Use computer software for data entry and data base management and for summarizing, analyzing and displaying research results.
Apply basic ethical issues involved in collection, management, use and dissemination of biomedical and public health data.
Critically review and interpret basic statistical methods presented in public health and medical literature to identify strengths, weaknesses, and potential biases in these studies.
Apply scientific and statistical principles and methods to design basic public health and biomedical studies.
Use the principles of hypothesis testing and estimation of population parameters to draw inferences from quantitative data and communicate verbally and in writing those inferences and their statistical and scientific interpretation to non-statistical scientists.
Address a biomedical, public health or statistical research question with a basic statistical analysis (e.g. linear or logistic regression).

NOTE:  Students considering an MPH in Applied Biostatistics may take either the more advanced sequence (Biostatistical Methods BIOS 6611 or BIOS 6612) or the introductory sequence (Applied Biostatistics BIOS 6601 or BIOS 6602).  BIOS 6611 requires the following prerequisites: Calculus 1 and 2 with at least a B; a previous course in applied probability and statistics with at least a B; coursework or experience with a statistical package (e.g. SAS, R, Stata, SPSS); linear algebra is highly recommended and will be used extensively in the course.​

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