Master of Science in Public Health in Biostatistics

The MSPH in biostatistics is designed for students with strong quantitative skills and an interest in research. It provides rigorous training in biostatistical methods and their applications, as well as coursework in epidemiology and core courses from other public health disciplines.

Skills

Through classroom training and applied practical experiences, students build skills in:

  • study design
  • complex data analysis
  • applying statistical theory to biomedical research

Jobs

MSPH graduates are well-prepared for positions in government and private health agencies, pharmaceutical industry, and research institutes. The MSPH program may also serve as solid preparation for entering a doctoral program in biostatistics.

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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.


MSPH Degree Requirements

48 credit hours, successful completion of a practicum and a thesis

Practicum

All Rollins MPH and MSPH students are required to complete a 200-400 hour practicum. This practical experience is designed to enhance the student’s understanding and application of knowledge and research findings to public health settings by providing an opportunity to gain practical experience. Public health work environments include nonprofit organizations, hospitals, local health departments, and for-profit firms.

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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

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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.