Jun 20, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Public Health, M.P.H. - Biostatistics Concentration

The following MPH Biostatistics (BSTP) competencies describe the knowledge, skills, and abilities a successful graduate will demonstrate the conclusion of this MPH concentration (and the course where the competency is mastered and assessed is noted in parenthesis):

  • MPH BSTP 1. Describe basic concepts of probability, random variation and commonly used statistical probability distributions. (PHPH 7017 )
  • MPH BSTP 2. Apply basic (univariate and bivariate) descriptive and inferential techniques commonly used with public health data. (PHPH 7017 )
  • MPH BSTP 3. Apply advanced (multivariate) descriptive and inferential techniques used with public health data. (PHPH 7027 )
  • MPH BSTP 4. Describe preferred methodological alternatives to commonly used statistical methods when assumptions are not met. (PHPH 8820 )
  • MPH BSTP 5. Distinguish among the different measurement scales and the implications for selection of statistical methods to be used based on these distinctions. (PHPH 8820 )
  • MPH BSTP 6. Apply basic informatics techniques (storage, access, management, organization, visualization, and evaluation of public health data) in public health research. (PHPH 7525 )
  • MPH BSTP 7. Describe different public health study designs, measures, and the appropriate statistical analyses for answering particular research questions. (PHPH 8830 )
  • MPH BSTP 8. Interpret results of statistical analyses found in public health studies. (PHPH 8830 )
  • MPH BSTP 9. Develop written and oral presentations based on statistical analyses for both public health professionals and educated lay audiences. (PHPH 8830 )

MPH BSTP Concentration Elective Courses (9 Hours)

Select at least three (3) pre-approved* courses focusing on advanced statistical techniques and quantitative research methods. Pre-approved MPH BSTP elective courses include:

*The listed pre-approved BSTP elective courses do not need further approval to satisfy the BSTP elective requirement. However, there are other academic departments at the university that may offer satisfying courses including, but not limited to the following departments: Math/Statistics, Decision Sciences, Marketing, Sociology, Policy Studies, Psychology, and Educational Policy Studies Research. Other courses that may be approved to satisfy this elective requirement generally have course titles including, but not limited to: Structural Equation Modeling, Finite Mixture Modeling, Hierarchical Linear Modeling, Longitudinal Modeling, Survival Analysis, Bayesian Inference, Survey Sampling, Causal Inference, Missing Data, or Nonparametric Statistics. Students should seek written, pre-approval of any course(s) - beyond the above listed pre-approved BSTP elective courses - to count toward the BSTP elective requirement. Approval must come from both the Department Chair and OAA.