By the end of the MPH in Biostatistics program, students will be able to:

Biostatistics Common Core Competencies

  1. Describe the role biostatistics serves in the discipline of public health.
  2. Describe basic concepts of probability, random variables, and commonly used statistical probability distributions.
  3. Distinguish among the different measurement scales or types of variables and select appropriate descriptive statistical methods for summarizing public health data.
  4. Select appropriate inferential statistical methods to answer research questions relevant to public health research.
  5. Conduct descriptive and inferential statistical analyses that are appropriate to different basic study designs used in public health research.
  6. Interpret results of statistical analyses found in public health studies.
  7. Critically review and summarize statistical analyses presented in public health literature.
  8. Perform appropriate sample size and power calculations to ensure that the study is sufficiently powered to achieve the scientific aims.
  9. Use a basic software package to describe, explore, and summarize data as well as perform the basic conventional statistical procedures.

Biostatistics Cognate Competencies

  1. Identify limitations in public health studies.
  2. Comprehend basic ethical and legal principles pertaining to the collection, maintenance, use, and dissemination of public health data.
  3. Demonstrate skills in public health data collection and management.
  4. Identify statistical approaches to address threats to validity in epidemiologic studies.
  5. Communicate results of statistical analyses to lay and professional audiences.