Temple University

Epidemiology and Biostatistics

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Applied Biostatistics (MPH)

The Master of Public Health Program in Applied Biostatistics (one of five MPH programs) is a unique and newly developed degree in response to the growing need for master's-trained professionals with expertise in advanced biostatistical methods. View Curriculum.

The program is designed to train professionals in the field of public health who have a clear understanding of and expertise in the use, statistical application, and interpretation of large and complex data sets; the critical importance of valid study designs and analytic methods; and the application of hypothesis-based development and statistical programming and testing. Students complete their studies with an understanding of the fundamental critical thinking skills and statistical/programming competencies necessary for public health practice and Applied Biostatistics in accordance with Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) standards.

Applied Biostatistics courses address topics such as database coding and development; environmental surveillance; multivariate biostatistics, including the use of regression models and multifactorial analysis; research design; and risk assessment and statistical analysis in human disease. Students in the Applied Biostatistics program are trained in the M.P.H. core competencies while gaining skills to use and apply multiple statistical program packages, including SPSS, SAS, STATA, and R; develop appropriate study designs based on appropriate research questions; and interpret and present study results to various audiences through the fieldwork experience.