Public Health, MPH Concentration in Biostatistics

Public health student conducting biostatistics research.

Program Description

The Master of Public Health with concentration in Biostatistics online degree program provides the basic biostatistical and quantitative skills and knowledge to prepare students for careers in public health practice and public health research.

This area of study is designed to meet the needs of those individuals who work in public health and who desire to broaden their training by learning the statistical/quantitative evaluation of public health research and programs.

The biostatistics concentration provides the tools needed to:

  • Conceptualize and define a public health problem in multidimensional terms
  • Develop an appropriate study design, to plan and implement proper statistical analyses
  • interpret and report the results of a study.

The course work and applications focus on methodology typically used to analyze different types of public health data and provide the opportunity to apply these methods to real-world problems.

The online Master of Public Health degree program is designed for working public health professionals who wish to add to their skill set to meet today's public health challenges.

Special Accreditation

Council on Education for Public Health accreditation logoIn addition to the Higher Learning Commission accreditation carried by all University of Nebraska campuses, the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health is also accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health. The U.S. Department of Education recognizes CEPH as the accrediting body for schools and programs of public health.

Delivery Format

Home Campus: University of Nebraska Medical Center

Method of Delivery: 100% Online - what's this?Program can be completed fully at a distance. Courses are asynchronous, meaning students and instructor may access content at any time and do not have to be connected to the Internet at the same time. If your program includes an internship or practicum, experiences may be completed in the student's local area.

All online courses are accessed via the Internet and use a learning management system. Technology requirements may vary by program and course, but all campuses have basic recommended requirements. High-speed Internet is required.

Interaction with professors and other students may include:

  • E-mail
  • Online discussion boards
  • Phone or video conferencing
  • Other forms of electronic and print communication

Supplemental materials for some courses may include:

  • Printed material and scanned documents
  • Digital resources accessed through university libraries
  • Videos accessed via the Internet, CDs or DVDs
  • Other media

To be successful, students taking online classes should be reasonably comfortable using a computer and the Internet. Learn more about online student tips for success.

Courses are taught by the same faculty who teach on campus. Students may be required to write papers, complete projects, conduct research, and communicate with professors. Students may work independently on assignments and with coworkers on group projects, do case presentations, take quizzes and exams, just as students on campus are required to do.

Academic Year 2014 - 2015

Tuition rates are effective for the academic year listed. Tuition is subject to change.

Nebraska Resident:

 TuitionDistance Ed. FeeTechnology FeeLibrary FeeTotal
Per credit hour$560.00$55.00$0.00$4.00$619.00
3 credit hour$1,680.00$165.00$0.00$12.00$1,857.00

Non-Resident:

 TuitionDistance Ed. FeeTechnology FeeLibrary FeeTotal
Per credit hour$560.00$55.00$0.00$4.00$619.00
3 credit hour$1,680.00$165.00$0.00$12.00$1,857.00
Note: In addition to the costs outlined above, students will be assessed a $150.00 technology fee each semester they enroll in courses. Students are also required to complete a background check. The fee for the background check is $35.00.

The online Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program is a 45 credit hour, specialized professional master's degree program designed to prepare graduates for work in public health.

The Biostatistics concentration prepares students for statistical and quantitative evaluation of public health research and programs.

Program of Study:

  • 21 credit hours core coursework focused on the areas of knowledge basic to public health
  • 12 credit hours concentration coursework
  • 6 credit hours elective courses
  • 6 credit hours of a combined practicum/capstone experience
Course Name
Course #
Credits
Core Courses

Foundations of Public Health

CPH 500
3
This is an introductory survey course, which will ensure that all public health students, within their first full year of study, are exposed to the fundamental concepts and theories that provide the basis for the body of knowledge in the field of public health. This course will prepare students to work in public health with a sound theoretical, conceptual, and historical basis for their work.

Health Behavior

CPH 501
3
The purpose of this course is to study the theoretical foundations of health behavior. Students will develop an understanding of the determinants of health behavior, the models and theories that provide a framework for predicting health behavior, and the strategies employed to bring about behavioral changes for health and disease prevention in individuals and groups.

Health Services Administration

CPH 502
3
This is a survey course designed to be an introduction to the management of health services organizations and systems in the United States. Specifically, this course will introduce students to the types of health services organizations and health systems in the United States, the context surrounding the administration of these organizations and delivery of health care services, and the skills needed to manage a health services organization within this setting.

Public Health Environment and Society

CPH 503
3
The purpose of this course is to introduce the students to environmental factors, including biological, physical, and chemical factors, which affect the health of a community. The main focus of the course will be the effects of exposures that have been associated with human health and environmental problems in the Midwest, specifically water and air pollutants related to animal feeding operations, arsenic in ground water, pesticides, herbicides, lead, and radiation. The effects of global warming, ergonomic problems in the meat packing industry, and occupational and environmental problems in health care will also be discussed.

Epidemiology in Public Health

CPH 504
3
The objective of the course is to understand the application of survey and research methodology in epidemiology, especially in the community setting. Theoretical aspects will be taught as an integral part of understanding the techniques of study design and community survey. Concepts to be covered include measure of disease occurrence, measures of disease risk, study design, assessment of alternative explanations for data-based findings, and methods of testing or limiting alternatives. Students will be expected to address an epidemiological question of interest to them, first developing the hypothesis and conducting a literature search, then developing a study design and writing, in several stages, a brief proposal for the study.

Applied Research in Public Health

CPH 505
3
This course will assist students to develop the basic skills to conduct applied research to address contemporary problems in public health. The course will emphasize proposal writing, data collection, research design, statistical analysis, computer application, and writing of research reports. Unique problems associated with data collection in public health settings such as public health departments, neighborhood health centers, and community-based organizations will be addressed. Both quantitative and qualitative research designs will be explored. Considerable emphasis is placed on evaluation of public health research published in scholarly publications. A research proposal/capstone service- learning proposal is written as one of the course requirements.

Biostatistical Methods I (Calculus-based)

CPH 516
3

This course is designed to prepare the graduate student to understand and apply biostatistical methods needed in the design and analysis of biomedical and public health investigations. The major topics to be covered include types of data, descriptive statistics and plots, theoretical distributions, probability, estimation, hypothesis testing, nonparametric methods, and one-way analysis of variance. A brief introduction to correlation and univariate linear regression will also be given. Interpretation of subsequent analysis results will be stressed. Concepts will be explored using the biomedical and public health literature, class exercises, exams, and a data analysis project. Statistical analysis software, SAS (SAS Institute Inc., Cary, NC, USA.), will be used to implement analysis methods. The course is intended for graduate students and health professionals who will be actively involved in the design, analysis, and interpretation of biomedical research or public health studies.

Prerequisites: instructor permission and calculus (covering differential and integral calculus) within the past 5 years resulting in a grade of B or better.

Biostatistic Methods II

CPH 652
3

This course is designed to prepare the graduate student to analyze continuous data and interpret results using methods of linear regression and analysis of variance (ANOVA). The major topics to be covered include simple and multiple linear regression model specification and assumptions, specification of covariates, confounding and interactive factors, model building, transformations, ANOVA model specification and assumptions, analysis of covariance (ANCOVA), multiple comparisons and methods of adjustment, fixed and random effect specification, nested and repeated measures designs and models, and diagnostic methods to assess model assumptions. Interpretation of subsequent analysis results will be stressed. Concepts will be explored through critical review of the biomedical and public health literature, class exercises, an exam, and a data analysis project. Statistical analysis software, SAS (SAS Institute Inc., Cary, NC, USA.), will be used to implement analysis methods. The course is intended for graduate students and health professionals who will be actively involved in the analysis and interpretation of biomedical research or public health studies.

Prerequisites: instructor permission, prior linear algebra course (covering matrix notation and matrix algebra, equivalent to UNO MATH 2050 or UNL MATH 314), calculus, and Biostatistical Methods I, BIOS 816/CPH 516, or an equivalent introductory statistics course.

Categorical Data Analysis

CPH 653
3

This course surveys the theory and methods for the analysis of categorical response and count data. The major topics to be covered include proportions and odds ratios, multi-way contingency tables, generalized linear models, logistic regression for binary response, models for multiple response categories, loglinear models, and simple mixture models for categorical data. Interpretation of subsequent analysis results will be stressed. Concepts will be explored through critical review of the biomedical and public health literature, class exercises, an exam, and a data analysis project. Computations will be illustrated using SAS statistical software (SAS Institute Inc., Cary, NC, USA.). The course is intended for graduate students and health professionals who will be actively involved in the analysis and interpretation of biomedical research or public health studies.  

Prerequisites: instructor permission, Biostatistical Methods I, BIOS 816/CPH 516, or an equivalent introductory statistics course, and Biostatistical Methods II, BIOS 818/CPH 652, or an equivalent advanced statistics course.

Survival Data Analysis

CPH 654
3

The course teaches the basic methods of statistical survival analysis used in clinical and public health research. The major topics to be covered include the Kaplan-Meier product-limit estimation, log-rank and related tests, and the Cox proportional hazards regression model. Interpretation of subsequent analysis results will be stressed. Concepts will be explored through critical review of the biomedical and public health literature, class exercises, two exams, and a data analysis project. Computations will be illustrated using SAS statistical software (SAS Institute Inc., Cary, NC, USA.). The course is intended for graduate students and health professionals who will be actively involved in the analysis and interpretation of biomedical research or public health studies generating time-to-event data.

Prerequisites: Calculus (covering differential and integral calculus), instructor permission, Biostatistical Methods I, BIOS 816/CPH 516, or an equivalent, calculus-based, introductory statistics course, and Biostatistical Methods II, BIOS 818/CPH 652, or an equivalent, calculus-based, advanced statistics course.

Correlated Data Analysis

CPH 655
3
This course surveys the theory and methods for the analysis of correlated, continuous, binary, and count data. The major topics to be covered include linear models for longitudinal continuous data, generalized estimating equations, generalized linear mixed models, impact of missing data, and design of longitudinal and clustered studies. Interpretation of subsequent analysis results will be stressed. Concepts will be explored through critical review of the biomedical and public health literature, class exercises, two exams, and a data analysis project. Computations will be illustrated using SAS statistical software (SAS Institute Inc., Cary, NC, USA.). The course is intended for graduate students and health professionals who will be actively involved in the analysis and interpretation of biomedical research or public health studies.

Prerequisites: Instructor permission and Biostatistics BIOS 823/CPH 653.

University of Nebraska online programs have the same quality instructional faculty as on campus; individuals from a variety of backgrounds, who embody the combined qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience.

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Guidelines for Admittance

To participate in this program the student must:

  1. Have received the equivalent of a grade of B or better in each of the following: college-level statistics course, differential calculus, and integral calculus
  2. Provide official transcripts reflecting an earned bachelor's degree, with a 3.0 or higher grade point average for the last 60 undergraduate or the last 18 graduate/post-baccalaureate credit hours completed
    Note: If official transcripts or mark sheets of college-level work are not in English or in the standard U.S. grading scale they must be sent to a credential evaluation service for evaluation.
  3. Submit official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores taken within the last five years are required of all applicants. Many factors are considered in evaluating an individual's application, but many successful applicants will have verbal, quantitative, and analytic writing GRE scores at or above the 40th percentile
    Note: Acceptable alternatives to the GRE are DAT, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT or PCAT

Application Checklist

  1. Apply online using the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS)

    Note: The SOPHAS application may take several hours to complete. It is best to prepare your information in advance and set aside time to complete the process. You will be required to complete the following information, or submit the following items:
      • Applicant information
      • Additional information
      • Academic history - i.e. tests (UNMC College of Public Health GRE Code is 0695), colleges and universities attended, coursework, curriculum vitae/resume
      • Personal statement
      • References (three letters of recommendation)
      • School designation (see below)
      • SOPHAS application fee
      • Applicants whose native language is not English, or who have not earned a degree in the United States must submit official TOEFL scores earned within the two years preceding the desired term of entry

Paper-based TOEFL 500 or higher Computer-based 213 or higher Internet-based 80 or higher

SOPHAS School Designation

SOPHAS contains a section "School Designations". You will use this section to declare the program and area of concentration you wish to apply to, as well as your second choice.

Click on "Update Designations" in the top left hand corner of the screen. Choose "University of Nebraska, College of Public Health" from the first drop down menu.

Next, choose the program and concentration you would like to elect for your first choice from the second drop down menu.

Click the "search" button. Select the program and click "submit".

You will repeat this process to indicate your second choice program and concentration. You will have the opportunity to rank concentrations on SOPHAS.

Application Deadlines

Term Domestic Application International Application
Fall Semester June 1 April 1
Spring Semester October 1 September 1

Contact

Online Worldwide Educational Representative
Phone:
888.622.0332
E-mail: onlineinfo@nebraska.edu

Program Contact
Name:
College of Public Health
Phone: 402.552.9867
E-mail: coph@unmc.edu

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