By the end of the MPH in Biostatistics program, students will be able to:
Biostatistics Common Core Competencies
- Describe the role biostatistics serves in the discipline of public health.
- Describe basic concepts of probability, random variables, and commonly used statistical probability distributions.
- Distinguish among the different measurement scales or types of variables and select appropriate descriptive statistical methods for summarizing public health data.
- Select appropriate inferential statistical methods to answer research questions relevant to public health research.
- Conduct descriptive and inferential statistical analyses that are appropriate to different basic study designs used in public health research.
- Interpret results of statistical analyses found in public health studies.
- Critically review and summarize statistical analyses presented in public health literature.
- Perform appropriate sample size and power calculations to ensure that the study is sufficiently powered to achieve the scientific aims.
- Use a basic software package to describe, explore, and summarize data as well as perform the basic conventional statistical procedures.
Biostatistics Cognate Competencies
- Identify limitations in public health studies.
- Comprehend basic ethical and legal principles pertaining to the collection, maintenance, use, and dissemination of public health data.
- Demonstrate skills in public health data collection and management.
- Identify statistical approaches to address threats to validity in epidemiologic studies.
- Communicate results of statistical analyses to lay and professional audiences.