Biostatistics — M.P.H.

Program directors
Khaled Bahjri
David Shavlik

The M.P.H. degree curriculum in biostatistics includes courses in biostatistics, computer programming, and epidemiology. A research project is required, but not a thesis.

This degree curriculum is intended to prepare graduates for a career in public health, including the collection, management, analysis, and interpretation of health-related data.

Learner outcomes

Upon completion of the M.P.H. degree curriculum in biostatistics, the graduate should be able to:

  • Apply a wide range of contemporary statistical methods to health-related issues.
  • Assist in design and implementation of research studies, including formulating research questions, appropriate study designs, sample size, sampling scheme, data-collection methods, and analyses.
  • Critically review literature relevant to statistical methods and interpretation.
  • Serve as statistical consultant to health professionals on research projects.

Educational effectiveness indicators

Program learner outcomes as evidenced by:

  • Signature assignments linked to course and noncourse requirements
  • Field practicum report
  • Culminating experience


In addition to the entrance requirements for all M.P.H. degrees, applicants to the M.P.H. program in biostatistics must have:

  • Calculus (one course)
Public Health Core
PCOR 501Public Health for Community Resilience5
PCOR 502Public Health for a Healthy Lifestyle5
PCOR 503Public Health and Health Systems5
EPDM 509Principles of Epidemiology3
EPDM 510Epidemiologic Methods I3
EPDM 515Clinical Trials3
STAT 521Biostatistics I4
STAT 522Biostatistics II4
STAT 523Biostatistics III4
STAT 525Applied Multivariate Analysis3
STAT 535Modern Nonparametric Statistics3
STAT 545Survival Analysis3
STAT 548Analytical Applications of SAS2
STAT 557Research Data Management3
STAT 564Survey and Advanced Research Methods3
STAT 569Advanced Data Analysis3
STAT 594Statistical Consulting2
RELE 534Ethical Issues in Public Health (or REL_)3
STAT 694AResearch1
Field experience
Practicum units are in addition to the minimum didactic units required for the degree
Public Health Practicum (Minimum of 4 units/200 hours)
Public Health Practicum
Total Units62

Noncourse requirements

EPDM/STAT forums

During their program, students are required to attend a minimum of fifteen forums in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and/or in the Adventist Health Study.

Culminating experience

See standard culminating experience requirements.1


For two of the three options (Demonstrating Proficiency and Service to the Profession), students in the Biostatistics MPH program will be required to deliver an oral presentation and prepare a manuscript.

Normal time to complete the program

2 years (7 academic quarters) based on less than full-time enrollment