The MPH in Applied Biostatistics (MPH/AB) targets students interested in a broader exposure to areas of public health, with specialization in biostatistics and analysis. The concentration is flexible and requires 15-24 credits of biostatistics courses, but does not require the Statistical Theory sequence Statistical Theory I and Statistical Theory II. Students pursuing the MPH in Applied Biostatistics are strongly encouraged to take the more advanced Biostatistical Methods sequence Biostatistical Methods I and Biostatistical Methods II, which requires 2 semesters of calculus, a previous introductory statistics course, and exposure to some statistical software e.g., R, SAS, etc. instead of the introductory MPH Applied Biostatistics sequence MPH Applied Biostatistics I and MPH Applied Biostatistics II. The MPH in Applied Biostatistics does not prepare students for PhD work in Biostatistics.
The MS in Biostatistics program targets students interested in working as biostatisticians, or in pursuing a PhD in Biostatistics. The MS requires 3 semesters of recent calculus (e.g., Calculus I-III offered from a math or engineering department), and linear algebra with a minimum grade of B+ or higher, an introductory statistics or biostatistics course, and exposure to some statistical software (e.g., R, SAS). The MS program includes 26 credits of biostatistics coursework including the Statistical Theory sequence Statistical Theory I and Statistical Theory II, as well as a thesis or research paper. All MS coursework is required for the PhD in Biostatistics.
Students interested in a less mathematical program with broader exposure to Public Health should consider the MPH in Applied Biostatistics.