Biostatistics - Master of Public Health

Biostatistics is one of the primary fields in the science and practice of public health, relating statistical information to concrete health issues as they affect human populations.

Biostatisticians often collaborate with public health and clinical professionals to research and analyze problems in a wide range of health sciences, providing the evidence needed to make critical clinical and policy decisions.

Students admitted to the Biostatistics Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program are assigned a faculty advisor who will provide guidance throughout the program. This information serves as a resource to be used by the student and the advisor in planning a program with a specialization in Biostatistics.  Recommended admissions preparation is available here.

Program of Study

The MPH-Biostatistics curriculum consists of a minimum of 48 credits organized into five curricular domains:
1. Core courses in areas of knowledge basic to public health (15 credits)
2. Courses required for a specialization in biostatistics (24 credits)
3. Elective courses (4 credits)
4. Practicum (2 credits minimum)
5. Culminating project (3 credits minimum)

For detailed additional information about specific requirements, students are directed to the College of Public Health (CPH) Graduate Student Handbook and to the Ohio State University Graduate School Handbook.

Recommended Preparation

The most important background for biostatistics is good preparation in mathematics, especially courses in calculus and linear algebra. A first course in probability and statistics is desirable, and any applied statistics courses will be helpful. Familiarity with a statistical package (such as SAS, R, Splus, Stata, SPSS) is also desirable. Close attention will be paid to grades in quantitative courses of any kind. Verbal and quantitative GRE scores should individually be 600 or above, and many students will score well above that, especially on the quantitative portion.

For information regarding application materials, test scores and codes, and decision timelines see our frequently asked questions page.

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