Public Health M.P.H. (Concentration in Biostatistics)

Degree Requirements: 45 Credit Hours

Degree Admission Requirements


  • Completion of an application in SOPHAS.
  • Completion of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 (4.0 scale).
  • Official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  • TOEFL scores are required for international applicants.
  • A resume that includes the following:
    1. educational experiences,
    2. professional goals and objectives,
    3. work history,
    4. professional experiences, memberships and/or participation in professional organizations, and
    5. experiences in public health programs.
  • Three letters of reference.
  • Statement of purpose (500-1000 words) that conveys the applicant's reasons for pursuing graduate study in public health/biostatistics and how admission into the program relates to the applicant's professional aspirations.


Applicants may be admitted on a provisional basis based upon the evaluation of their application materials. Provisional admission is for applicants who do not satisfy full admission requirements or applicants who require prerequisite coursework prior to entering into a particular program study.NOTE: Prerequisite undergraduate course work may be required. Contact the Division Director in the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health for complete information.

Degree Requirements

Credit Hours
Public Health Core Courses
PUBH   5520GIntroduction to Public Health2
PUBH   6532Environmental Health3
PUBH   6533Epidemiology3
PUBH   6534Health Policy and Management3
PUBH   6535Social and Behavioral Sciences and Public Health3
Biostatistics Courses
BIOS   6135Topics of Inference in Biostatistics I3
BIOS   6136Topics of Inference in Biostatistics II3
BIOS   6331Regression Analysis in Biostatistics3
BIOS   6332Experimental Design in Biostatistics3
BIOS   6531Categorical Data Analysis3
BIOS   7231Clinical Trials Methodology3
BIOS   7544Data Management for Biostatistics4
Select one of the following guided electives:3
Selected Topics in Biostatistics
Survival Analysis
Multivariate Analysis in Biostatistics
Statistical Issues in Drug Development
Data Analysis with SAS
Practicum and Culminating Experience
PUBH   7530Integrated Capstone Experience3
PUBH   7790Practicum in Public Health3
Total Credit Hours45

M.P.H. - Biostatistics Concentration Competencies

At the completion of the M.P.H. degree program all Biostatistics students will be able to:

Cross-Cutting Competencies for the MPH Degree

  • Demonstrate effective written and oral skills for communicating with different audiences in the context of professional public health activities. (Communication and Informatics)
  • Use information technology to access, evaluate, and interpret public health data. (Communication and Informatics)
  • Describe the roles of history, power, privilege and structural inequality in producing health disparities. (Diversity and Culture)
  • Explain how professional ethics and practices relate to equity and accountability in diverse community settings. (Diversity and Culture)
  • Develop public health programs and strategies responsive to the diverse cultural values and traditions of the communities being served. (Diversity and Culture)

MPH Program Competencies in Biostatistics

  • Provide the biostatistical components of the design of a public health or biomedical experiment by: clarifying the research objectives or questions; determining data and endpoints to be collected appropriate for the objectives; translating the objectives into biostatistical questions via hypothesis testing or confidence interval frameworks; determining the appropriate sample size; and writing the statistical analysis section of the experiment.
  • Apply appropriate statistical analysis methods using SAS to analyze both categorical and quantitative data.
  • Develop written and oral reports to communicate effectively to research investigators pivotal aspects of a study, including its design, objectives, data, analysis methods, results, and conclusions ensuring that results and conclusions are valid and reliable and address the research objectives.
  • Create a collaborative environment for working on written and oral reports and developing critical thinking skills.
  • Describe key concepts and theory underlying biostatistical methodology used in probability and inferential, analytical, and descriptive statistics.


Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health
P.O. Box 8015
Statesboro, GA 30460
Phone: (912) 478-2674
FAX:(912) 478-5811