Program Requirements

General Program Requirements:
Number of Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 45

Required Courses:

College Core Course
HRPR 5001Current and Emerging Issues in Public Health and Health Professions0
Public Health Core Courses
ENVH 5103Environmental Health3
EPBI 5002Biostatistics3
EPBI 5201Epidemiological Research Methods I3
HPM 5006Political and Economic Aspects of Health3
SBS 5001Fundamentals of Public Health3
SBS 5102Theoretical Foundations of Health Behavior3
Applied Biostatistics Courses
EPBI 8001Research Methods in Public Health3
EPBI 8012Multivariate Biostatistics3
EPBI 8208Data Management and Analysis3
Applied Biostatistics Elective3
Select one of the following:
ENVH 8016
Human Health Risk Analysis
EPBI 8201
Structural Equation Modeling
EPBI 8203
Public Health Data Reporting
EPBI 8204
Multilev Mod in Int Res
EPBI 8307
Systematic Reviews
EPBI 9187
Biostat Cnslt Practicum
PSY 8041
Factor Analysis and Scaling
M.P.H. Fieldwork Experience
EPBI 9289MPH Fieldwork I3
EPBI 9389MPH Fieldwork II3
Total Credit Hours45

Internship: An internship is required as part of a student's M.P.H. fieldwork.

Culminating Events:
Fieldwork Practicum:
M.P.H. fieldwork requires a student to synthesize and integrate the knowledge acquired in coursework and other learning experiences and to apply theory and principles in a situation that approximates some aspect of professional practice through an internship or practicum experience with a public health agency or under the supervision of a faculty preceptor. The M.P.H. fieldwork experience serves as the culminating event as required by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), the accrediting body of all U.S. schools of public health, for completion of the Master of Public Health degree. In addition, this culminating experience provides the student with the opportunity to develop expertise in a topic area and to contribute original and independent observations to a body of knowledge.

For the culminating experience to fulfill the requirements of EPBI 9289 and EPBI 9389, M.P.H. in Applied Biostatistics students are expected to complete a fieldwork experience, which enables them to:

  • Describe the roles biostatistics serves in the discipline of public health.
  • Apply basic statistical methods for summarizing public health data and for inference.
  • Interpret and present results from the application of basic statistical techniques.
  • Distinguish among the different measurement scales and, based on these distinctions, recognize the implications for selection of appropriate statistical methods.
  • Apply descriptive techniques commonly used to summarize public health data.
  • Recognize concepts of probability, random variation, and commonly used statistical probability distributions.
  • Apply common statistical methods for inference, including estimation, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing.
  • Use appropriate statistical software and make proper interpretations based on the output.
  • Be trained in a variety of common statistical programs and languages.
  • Gain hands-on experience working with existing databases while being mentored on a culminating project.
  • Incorporate public health practices when conducting and interpreting analytic results.
  • Describe preferred methodological alternatives to commonly used statistical methods.
  • Develop written and oral presentations based on statistical analyses for both public health professionals and educated lay audiences.
  • Apply basic informatics techniques with vital statistics and public health records in the description of public health characteristics and in public health research and evaluation.

A final paper is the required deliverable for the M.P.H. fieldwork requirement. Students must also demonstrate their proficiency and the application of theory and principles in the paper and demonstrate mastery of the required competencies during the oral defense. The evaluation of the M.P.H. fieldwork practicum experience, therefore, is integrated into the culminating experience requirement.