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Master of Public Health

Global Public Health - Applied Biostatistics

​The Master of Public Health concentration in Global Public Health and Applied Biostatistics provides students with a public health perspective of globalization and global health issues, programs and best practices; trains students to use public health methods to address global health challenges; and provides depth in the area of applied biostatistics, in which students learn to apply analytic methods and statistical reasoning to characterize, investigate, and address problems in public health and medicine.

As part of the MPH program, students are required to complete the core program curriculum including a practicum and captsone projects. Capstone projects should incorporate applied biostatistics and a global component. 


Like other MPH concentrations, applicants are required to apply for admission to the program through the online Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS). Applicants are also required to meet the minimum standards for MPH program admission. Click here to review the complete MPH admissions requirements and instructions.


Required MPH Core Credits    
Applied Biostatistics I BIOS 6601 3
Epidemiology EPID 6630 3
Occupational & Environmental Health EHOH 6614 3
Soc​ial & Behavioral Factors & Health CBHS 6610 3
Health Systems & Management HSMP 6601 3
Foundations in Public Health PUBH 6600 2
Required Concentration Courses    
Applied Biostatistics II BIOS 6602 3
Advanced Data Analysis BIOS 6623 3
SAS Database Design & Management BIOS 6680 3
Minimum of 3 Credits from the following:
Statistical Consulting I BIOS 6621 1
Statistical Consulting II​ ​BIOS 6622 1​
Applied Survival and Longitudinal Analysis​ BIOS 6629​ 3​
Design of Clinical Trials BIOS 6648 3
Statistical Methods in Genetic Association Studies BIOS 6655 3
Analytical Epidemiology EPID 6631 3
Statistical Theory I BIOS 6631 3
Research Methods in Epidemiology EPID 6626 3
Required Global Public Health Courses:
Global oriented biostatistics course - see faculty advisor​ 3-5​
Public Health in the Global Community​ ​CBHS 6619 3​
Geographic Perspectives on Global Health​ ​EHOH 6623 ​1
​Global Public Health Electives ​3-5
Practice Based Learning:
Practicum 2
Capstone Project 2
Total Program Credits 45

Global Electives

  • CBHS 6623 | Nutrition in the Global Community (2 credits)
  • CBHS 6629 | Health and Human Rights (3 credits)
  • CBHS 6632 | Public Health in the Caribbean and Latin America (3 credits)
  • CBHS 6633 | Intensive Study of Public Health Services in Cuba (3 credits)
  • EHOH 6710 | Disasters, Climate Change and Health (3 credits)
  • EHOH 6621 | GIS for Public Health Research and Practice (3 credits)
  • EHOH 6670 | International Travel and Health (1 credit)
  • EPID 6624 | Public Health Surveillance (2 credits)
  • EPID 6635 | Communicable Disease Epidemiology (2 credits)
  • EPID 6640 | Investigation of Disease Outbreaks (2 credits)
  • EPID 6670 | Epidemiology and the Prevention of TB/HIV/STDs (2 credits)
  • HSMP 6602 | Health Equity (2 credits)
  • HSMP 6608 | Ethical and Legal Issues in Health Care (2 credits)
  • HSMP 6615 | Global Health Policy Issues (2 credits)
  • HSMP 66xx | Comparative Health Systems (2 credits)

 Concentration Competencies


​Competencies for Students Concentrating in Applied Biostatistics


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 concepts 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).

Additional Competencies for Students Concentrating in Global Public Health - Applied Biostatistics



MPH Global Health Plus Concentration (CN) Competencies


Describe and analyze the determinants and the globalization of health as well as the health status of a given jurisdiction using credible data sources.


Describe contemporary and historic global health issues, programs, best practices and players.


Apply critical thinking to the political, economic and ethical issues in global health.


Identify and recommend public health field methods in the global arena and their correct application.

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