Department of Biostatistics & Data Science

Biostatistics - MPH

Move towards a career that improves the health of communities, investigates the greatest threats to health in society, and advances health among the most vulnerable among our population


UTMB MPH graduates in the Biostatistics are expected to master the following competencies:

  1. Assess sources of bias, confounding, and random error in published studies.
  2. Employ sample size and power calculations in the design or interpretation of studies.
  3. Clean and transform raw data for inclusion in statistical analysis.
  4. Explain the basic principles and practical importance of probability, random variables, and commonly used statistical probability distributions.
  5. Analyze data, using appropriate statistical tools, accounting for types of variables and their distributions, as well as multiple testing issues.
  6. Organize and communicate results of analyses.

Biostatistics Program - MPH

  • Admission Requirements

    Applicants must provide proof of a bachelor’s degree, graduate degree, or first professional degree (e.g., MD, DDS, JD) from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States, or proof of equivalent degree and training from an acceptable foreign institution of higher education

    Each graduate program has specific requirements, but common factors considered by the admissions committee include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • Undergraduate overall and upper division GPA (above 3.0 preferred)
    • A minimum score on the TOEFL of 550 (paper), 213 (computer-based), or 80 (internet-based) or a minimum score on the IELTS of 7.0 for applicants whose native language is not English
    • Public health-related practice, research, or other relevant experience is highly recommended
    • Letters of reference
    • Background for and commitment to a career of scholarly endeavor in the field of study
    • CV
    • Personal statement

    Final recommendations by the SPPH Admissions Committee are based on competitive evaluation of the qualifications of the applicant plus consideration of the availability of space and resources

  • Graduation Requirements and Curriculum

    All MPH students are required to complete an Applied Practice Experience (APE) and a final project known as the Integrative Learning Experience (ILE).

    The MPH program requires a minimum of 43 credit hours of coursework and can be completed in 2 years(5 semesters). All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated.

    Required courses:
    • Introduction to Epidemiology
    • Analytical Methods in Public Health(4 credits)
    • Biostatistics
    • Data Management(1 credits)
    • Categorical Data Analysis
    • PH Assessment, Planning & Evaluation
    • Public Health Practice Experience(4 credits)
    • Policy & Equity(4 credits)
    • Introduction to Linear Models
    • Biostatistics or General Elective
    • Statistical Consulting(2 credits)
    • Integrative Learning Experience
    • Applied Public Health Leadership
    • MPH Public Health Ethics(1 credits)
    • Survival Analysis
    For more information, please see MPH Biostats Track Curricular Plan

Learn more:


Denny Fe Agana, PhD, MPH, CPH
Public Health Graduate Program

Christina Johnson
Coordinator, Student Recruitment & Admissions
(409) 747-7584