MPH Functional Certificate: Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Epidemiology and biostatistics are the quantitative sciences of public health, investigating causes and prevention of disease and injury and assessing patterns of health in populations around the globe. This certificate provides training in design, statistical programming, data analysis, and valid interpretation of experimental (e.g., clinical) trials and observational studies. Students will gain knowledge and skills in the methods required to conduct and communicate public health research.

Upon graduation, students will be able to:

  • Calculate and apply appropriate epidemiologic and statistical measures to draw valid inferences and summaries from public health data.
  • Evaluate the strengths and limitations of epidemiologic and statistical reports from public health studies.
  • Analyze key sources of public health data, reflecting comprehension of the basic ethical and legal principles pertaining to the collection, maintenance, analysis, and dissemination of epidemiologic and public health information.
  • Synthesize the results of epidemiologic and statistical analyses to craft relevant public health messages in written and oral presentations for both public health professionals and external audiences. Demonstrate the application of epidemiology and biostatistics for informing etiologic research, planning, and evaluation of interventions, public health surveillance, or health policy.

Course Requirements

  • BS 723 Introduction to Statistical Computing (4 cr) or BS 730 Introduction to R: Software for Statistical Computing (4 cr)
  • EP 770 Concepts and Methods of Epidemiology (4 cr)
  • 4 credits of the following study criticism courses:
    • EP 722 Data Collection Methods for Epidemiologic Research (2 cr)
    • EP 730 Epidemiology of Vaccine Preventable Diseases (2 cr)
    • EP 752 Principles of Cancer Epidemiology (4 cr)
    • EP 740 Introduction to the Epidemiology of Aging (2 cr)
    • EP 741 Cardiovascular Epidemiology (2 cr)
    • EP 748 Drug Epidemiology (4 cr)
    • EP 755 Infectious Disease Epidemiology (4 cr)
    • EP 758 Nutritional Epidemiology (4 cr)
    • EP 759 Reproductive Epidemiology (4 cr)
    • EP 764 Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS in the Developed & Developing World (2 cr)
    • EP 775 Social Epidemiology (4 cr)
    • EP 784 Epidemiology of Tuberculosis in the Developed & Developing World (2 cr)
    • EP 790 Mental Health Epidemiology (2 cr)
    • EP 850 Applications of Intermediate Epidemiology (4 cr)
    • EP 857 Design and Conduct of Cohort Studies (2 cr)
    • EP 858 Design and Conduct of Case-Control Studies (2 cr)
    • EH 757 Environmental Epidemiology (4 cr)
    • MC 759 Perinatal and Child Epidemiology (4 cr)
  • One of the following data analysis courses:
    • BS 805 Intermediate Statistical Computing and Applied Regression Analysis (4 cr)
    • BS 820 Logistic Regression and Survival Analysis (4 cr)
    • BS 851 Applied Statistics in Clinical Trials I (4 cr)
    • BS 852 Statistical Methods in Epidemiology (4 cr)
    • BS 858 Statistical Genetics I (4 cr)

Integrative Learning Experience

Students in the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Certificate program will have the option to conduct a data analysis or critical evaluation of the published literature.