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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

  • Introduction to Epidemiology (PHS 6330; 3 cr.)
  • Principles of Public Health (PHS 6289; 2 cr.)
  • Data Management & Biostatistics (PHS 64xx; 4 cr.)
  • Public Health Assessment, Planning, & Evaluation (PHS 6324; 3 cr.)
  • Social Determinants of Health (PHS 6241; 2 cr.)
  • Public Health Professionalism & Leadership (PHS 6338; 3 cr.)
  • Health Policy & Management (PHS 6384; 3 cr.)
  • Survey & Qualitative Methods (PHS 62xx; 2 cr.)
22 total credits
  • Introduction to Linear Models (PHS 6344; 3 cr.)
  • Categorical Data Analysis (PHS 6341; 3 cr.)
  • Survival Analysis (PHS 6321; 3 cr.)
  • One of the following:
    • Longitudinal Data Analysis (PHS 6313; 3 cr.)
    • Statistical Methods in Clinical Trails (PHS 6337; 3 cr.)
12 total credits
  • Public Health Ethics (PHS 6137; 1 cr.)
  • Public Health Practice Experience (PHS 6070; 4 cr.)
  • Integrative Learning Experience (PHS 6016; 3 cr.)
8 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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