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MPH: Biostatistics

The Public Health Program's Biostatistics Track provides MPH students with the knowledge, skills, and values needed to succeed in careers in federal, state, and local government; hospitals and healthcare systems; and nonprofit or non-governmental organizations. 

The mission of the MPH: Biostatistics track at the University of Texas Medical Branch is to train our students to be leaders in contributing to the protection and promotion of health in human populations. This is done by: 1) preparing students to practice skillful and evidence-based preventive medicine and public health; 2) developing students’ skills in analyzing relevant public health data, and in interpreting published statistical analyses of these data; 3) providing interdisciplinary expertise in the service of academic, professional, and community-based public health organizations.

Biostatistical tools are widely applied in the practice of Public Health; they are used, for example, in quantifying the effects of interventions, conducting analyses of both primary and secondary data, translating and communicating results of analyses to broad audiences, and designing valid statistical hypotheses and study designs.

Graduates of the MPH: Biostatistics program will have a skill set attractive to local, state and federal government agencies, non-profits organizations, academic research, and the pharmaceutical industry.


Biostatistics MPH Curriculum

  • Biostatistics (PHS 6343; 3 cr.)
  • Introduction to Epidemiology (PHS 6330; 3 cr.)
  • Foundations in Public Health (PHS 6335; 3 cr.)
  • Public Health Applications (PHS 6324; 3 cr.)
  • Public Health Professional Development (PHS 6XXX; 3 cr.)
  • Health Policy & Management (PHS 6384; 3 cr.)
  • Public Health Practice (PHS 6070; 4 cr.)
22 total credits
  • Introduction to Data Management (PHS 6210; 3 cr.)
  • Statistical Counseling (PHS 6211; 2 cr.)
  • Introduction to Linear Models (PHS 6344; 3 cr.)
  • Epidemiological Methods (PHS 6333; 3 cr.)
  • Categorical Data Analysis (PHS 6341; 3 cr.)
  • Survival Data Analysis (PHS 6313; 3 cr.)
  • One of the following:
    • Correlated Data Analysis (PHS 6321; 3 cr.)
    • Statistical Methods in Clinical Trails (PHS 6XXX; 3 cr.)
20 total credits
  • Ethics of Scientific Research (MEHU 6101; 1 cr.)
  • Integrative Learning Experience (PHS 6011-002; 3 cr.)
4 total credits
The MPH: Biostatistics degree is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

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2018-2019 MPH Handbook: Download

2018-2019 Curriculum Plan: Download


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