Master of Public Health in Biostatistics

The MPH in biostatistics is designed for students with strong quantitative skills and an interest in health sciences.

Skills

MPH students take coursework in biostatistics, epidemiology, and core courses from other public health disciplines. They also receive training and hands-on experience in study design, data management, data analysis, and statistical software—both at Rollins and in public health settings around the world. Students link their biostatistical and public health training through practical research projects.

Jobs

Graduates of the MPH program are well positioned for biostatistical analyst positions as part of research teams in government, industry, or academia.

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Careers by Sector


Admission Requirements

In addition to the SOPHAS application, all applicants will need to submit the following materials when applying to Rollins.

  • College transcripts
  • GRE scores 
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Resume (optional)

Detailed information about each of these admission requirements can be found in Admissions.

Department Requirements

DegreeCoursework ReqGPAGRE Scores
MPH/MSPH Successful completion of multivariate calculus (Calculus III) and a course in linear algebra with a grade of B+ or better. Students with prior, relevant course work may receive academic credit toward their degree program in biostatistics. 3.5 or higher 50th percentile or higher for all fields. GRE scores are waived if you have a PhD in a comparable field.


MPH Degree Requirements

42 credit hours, successful completion of a practicum and thesis and a B- GPA or higher

Applied Practice Experience

All Rollins MPH and MSPH students are required to complete a 200-400 hour The Applied Practice Experience (APE) is a unique opportunity for graduate students to integrate and apply practical skills and training learned through coursework in a professional public health work environment.  In most cases, students can use a part-time work position, graduate assistantship or internship to meet the Applied Practice Experience requirement.  The Applied Practice Experience is a significant educational experience that requires a minimum of 200 clock hours in a public health agency, institution, or community under the supervision of a Field Supervisor and the guidance of the student's department and/or the Office of Career Development. 

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Thesis

Examples of past thesis titles include:

Analyzing Durability and Efficacy of Long-lasting Insecticide-treated Bed Nets: A Longitudinal Monitoring Study at Western Kenya

Risk Factors for Pneumonia-Associated Infant Death in the United States, 2007-2010

Electronic Theses and Dissertations


What is the difference between an MPH and an MSPH in BIOS?

The MSPH degree is a research/academic-based degree that requires 48 credit hours and has a stronger emphasis on research.

An MPH degree is a professional/practice-based degree that requires 42 credit hours and is more focused on the applied practice of public health.