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MPH Biostatistics

Offered On Campus in Tucson

The MPH program in Biostatistics is offered by the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. The educational objective of the MPH degree in Biostatistics is to prepare individuals to work effectively as biostatisticians in a variety of public health, epidemiological and clinical research settings. The biostatistics area of study has led to collaboration in science and with investigators in nearly every aspect related to health. Biostatistics has also made major contributions to our understanding of diseases such as AIDS, cancer, and coronary heart disease.


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Required Core Courses (16 units)

  • EPID 573A Basic Principles of Epidemiology (3)
  • PHPM 574 Public Health Policy and Management (3)
  • EHS 575 Environmental and Occupational Health (3)
  • BIOS 576A Biostatistics in Public Health (3)
  • HPS 577 Sociocultural & Behavioral Aspects of Public Health (3)
  • BIOS 580 Integrated Public Health Learning Experience (1)
  • Internship Preparation Workshop  (required; non-credit)
  • Interprofessional Education Activities (documentation required; non-credit)

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Required Biostatistics Courses (17 units)

  • BIOS 576B Biostatistics for Research (3)
  •  BIOS 576C Applied Biostatistics  (3)
  •   BIOS 576D Data Management and the SAS Programming Language  (3)
  • BIOS 647 Analysis of Categorical Data (3)
  • BIOS 909 Master's Report "Internship" (5)

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Elective Courses (minimum 9 units)

At least 6 elective units from the following courses

  • BIOS 648 Analysis of High Dimensional Data (3)
  • BIOS 675 Clinical Trials and Intervention Studies (3)
  • BIOS 684 General Linear and Mixed Effects Models (3)
  • BIOS 686 Survival Analysis (3)

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Other elective courses

  • EPID 677 Genetic Association Studies (3)
  • BIOS 685 Special Topics in Biostatistics (3)
  • STAT 571A Advanced Statistical Regression Analysis (3)
  • STAT 571B Design of Experiments (3)
  • STAT 675 Statistical Computing (3)

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Total Minimum Credit Requirement = 42 units

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Application Deadlines

Fall Application Deadlines

Priority:  January 5

Secondary:  April 1

Final: June 1 for US applicants only

Students who apply by the priority deadline will be given the highest priority for admissions and consideration for scholarships and assistantships.

Admissions Criteria

Admissions Criteria

  • Bachelor's degree with 3.0 GPA
  • One course in college-level introductory, human, or general biology
  • One course in college-level calculus and/or linear algebra
  • Two letters of recommendation (up to five letters can be submitted)
  • Resume or CV
  • Statement of purpose and objectives
  • Mission and values statement
  • GRE or MCAT scores are waived for Fall 2022 admissions​
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for international applicants
  • Relevant work/volunteer experience strengthens all applications
  • Detailed admissions criteria

How to Apply

Apply online through SOPHAS, the centralized application service for all of the accredited schools and programs of public health.

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Typical time to completion: 2 years full-time students, 3-4 years part-time students.

Average time to completion: 2.07

Program Steps to Completion (Full-time student timeline):

  • Attend mandatory new student orientation
  • First year is devoted to course work
  • Attend fall and spring semester MPH Internship Conference
  • Each Spring, complete an Annual Progress Report with Faculty Mentor
  • Second year is devoted to coursework and Internship project
  • 3rd semester, determine internship project, form Internship Committee and complete all planning items
  • Complete two interprofessional education (IPE) activities before graduation
  • Fourth semester, successfully complete and present internship project at Internship Conference, and submit final internship and graduation items.

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