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Public Health, MPH (Biostatistics)

Master of Public Health

University of Nebraska Medical Center

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
    45
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $560.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $560.00

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The Public Health, MPH with concentration in Biostatistics is designed to meet the needs of those individuals who work in public health and desire to broaden their training by learning the statistical and quantitative evaluation of public health research and programs.

Through the Public Health, MPH (Biostatistics) program, students:
  • 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 the study
  • Gain basic biostastical and quantitative skills and knowledge
  • Apply biostastical sciences while working with investigators in the process of research studies
  • Learn innovative advances made in biostastical methods while also learning the theory and application of biostatistics

Students who pursue this degree have a strong interest in analyzing and processing information, forecasting scenarios and drawing conclusions using analytic software and methods.

Career outlook: Biostaticians study a blend of applied statistics and biology in order to forecast and analyze clinical trains and research health-related data.

Career paths may include academia, government agencies, pharmaceutical companies and anywhere experts are needed for data management and statistical analysis. Career fields may include:
  • Pharmaceutical and clinical trials
  • Engineering and computer science
  • Data management
  • Academia
  • Government agencies such as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, state health departments, etc.
  • Anywhere experts on data management and statistical analysis are needed
In any of these career fields, a professional’s research many focus on analyzing the effectiveness of a new drug, risk factors for different illnesses, planning healthcare interventions, explaining biological phenomena and much more.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the need for statisticians to grow 34% between 2014-2024, faster than other occupations.


University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health in addition to Higher Learning Commission accreditation

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that enables maximum learning and because technology provides students with maximum access to education.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

    You must have 3.0 or higher grade point average for the last 60 undergraduate or the last 18 graduate/post-baccalaureate credit hours completed. You must 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. 3.00 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. Taken the GRE

  4. Taken the TOEFL

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  5. A written personal statement

  6. 3 letters of recommendation

  7. Official transcripts from all previous schools

NOTE: If you reside in state(s) KY and NC, please contact a program adviser before applying.

To apply to this program:

  • Complete the online application. Use "School Designation" section in online application to select program and area of concentration you wish to apply
  • Submit application fee
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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
July 1
Spring Semester
October 1

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CPH 500Foundations of Public Health3

Course Number: CPH 500

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.

CPH 501Health Behavior3

Course Number: CPH 501

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.

CPH 502Health Services Administration3

Course Number: CPH 502

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.

CPH 503Public Health Environment and Society3

Course Number: CPH 503

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.

CPH 504Epidemiology in Public Health3

Course Number: CPH 504

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.

CPH 505Applied Research in Public Health3

Course Number: CPH 505

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.

CPH 516Biostatistical Methods I (Calculus-based)3

Course Number: CPH 516

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.

CPH 652Biostatistic Methods II3

Course Number: CPH 652

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.

CPH 653Categorical Data Analysis3

Course Number: CPH 653

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.

CPH 654Survival Data Analysis3

Course Number: CPH 654

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.

CPH 655Correlated Data Analysis3

Course Number: CPH 655

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.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
HPRO 998Special Topics in Health Promotion, Social & Behavioral Health: Mixed Methods Research3

Course Number: HPRO 998

The course designed for graduate students MPH and PhD students in Health Promotion & Disease Prevention Research and other graduate students. This course focuses on mixed methods as a distinct research design that includes the collection and analysis of both qualitative and qualitative data in a project. Topics include the rationale for using mixed methods, philosophical assumptions, types of mixed methods designs, and approaches used to integrate qualitative and quantitative data into a project. Prerequisites: BIOS806/CPH506 Biostatistics I or equivalent course

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $560.00
  • Fees: $71.25
  • Total: $631.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1680.00
  • Fees: $213.75
  • Total: $1893.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $560.00
  • Fees: $71.25
  • Total: $631.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1680.00
  • Fees: $213.75
  • Total: $1893.75
Note: In addition to the per credit hour fees outlined above, the College of Public Health charges a $150 Technology Fee each semester a student is enrolled.

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