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MSPH in Biostatistics

The MSPH program in Biostatistics emphasizes applied data analysis in the areas of public health and medicine, by preparing students to analyze data in a wide range of settings, including industrial health surveillance and research programs; local, state, and federal government agencies; pharmaceutical research divisions; university research programs; and consulting firms. Students learn to assist in selecting research design appropriate for the goals of the research, estimate sample size requirements, establish and maintain databases, select and conduct the appropriate statistical analysis, and communicate the results of the analysis orally and in writing fields of public health. Coursework concentrates on developing these statistical skills through the use of actual data sets and computerized statistical software packages.

Program Competencies
  • Incorporate knowledge of the core areas of biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, health systems management, and the behavioral, social, and cultural aspects of health in addressing and solving problems.
  • Select and conduct appropriate statistical procedures for evaluation of public health intervention and surveillance programs.
  • Contribute to the design of public health programs by estimating the required sample size and power for program monitoring.
  • Incorporate knowledge of databases and information systems in data collection and study management of public health intervention and surveillance programs.
  • Interpret and effectively communicate statistical analysis results orally and in writing to public health investigators, collaborators, and members of general community.
Admission Requirements

Students applying to the Master of Science in Public Health in Biostatistics program must meet the school's general admission requirements and submit materials per the application requirements.

Baccalaureate degree with a B+ average is required. Courses in calculus and linear algebra are encouraged. A career statement indicating the applicant's reasons for choosing the Biostatistics program is required.

Degree Program Requirements

The MSPH degree in Biostatistics requires a total of 42 credits that includes:

SPHTM - Core Courses (15 credits)

  • BIOS 6030 Introductory Biostatistics (3)
  • EPID 6030 Epidemiological Methods I (3)
  • GCHB 6030 Social and behavioral aspects of global health (3)
  • GEHS 6030 Survey of Environmental Health (3)
  • GHSD 6030 Introduction to Health Systems, Management and Policy (3)

MSPH in Biostatistics - Required Courses (18 credits)

  • BIOS 6040 Intermediate Biostatistics (3)
  • BIOS 6220 Database Management (3)
  • BIOS 7060 Regression Analysis (3)
  • BIOS 7080 Design of Experiments (3)
  • BIOS 7150 Categorical Data Analysis (3)
  • BIOS 7300 Statistical Methods for Survival Data Analysis (3)

Elective courses (9 credits)

Selected from courses offered within the department, school, or university in consultation with an academic advisor.

Practicum (SPHL 9980)

All students complete a practicum to gain practical experience. The practicum is usually completed after core courses are completed.

Culminating Experience (SPHL 7950)

Students in the MSPH in Biostatistics conduct a public health analysis.

Contact Us

Department Chair: John Lefante, PhD

Program Director: Jeffery Shaffer, PhD

Department Administrator: Kathleen Branley

Email: bios@tulane.edu

Phone: (504) 988-2102

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