Applied Biostatistics, Graduate Certificate

Graduate Certificate in Applied Biostatistics

University of Nebraska Medical Center

  • Fully Online
  • 12
    Credits
  • $597.00
    In-State
  • $597.00
    Out-of-State

Program Overview

The online Graduate Certificate in Applied Biostatistics program is designed for graduate students, public health professionals and health care providers who seek graduate-level training in applied biostatistics.

Students choose this program to gain:

  • A unique set of quantitative data skills.
  • Knowledge to create and develop medical studies.
  • The ability to help tackle issues facing public health.

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: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment of mathematicians and statisticians to grow 33 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than average for all occupations.

Biostatisticians work on multidisciplinary teams where they partner with experts in medical and public health fields to advance scientific discovery.

A certificate in applied biostatistics can enhance the following areas of study:

  • Epidemiology
  • Genetic Counselors
  • Clinical investigators
  • Biostatistics
  • Health Statisticians
  • Health Analysts

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A Bachelor's degree

  2. Taken the TOEFL

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  3. A written personal statement

    A one-page personal statement is required. This personal statement should include the student’s Interest in and potential for contributing to the field of public health and biostatistics, career objectives and self-assessment of computer, quantitative analysis, and personal skills and general preparation for succeeding in a public health certificate program.

  4. 2 letters of recommendation

    References should be from professional or academic references.

  5. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  6. One page resume/CV

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

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

Courses You’ll Take

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CPH 517Design of Medical Health Studies3
This course is designed to prepare the graduate student to understand and apply principles and methods in the design of biomedical and public health studies, with a particular emphasis on randomized, controlled clinical trials. The major design topics to be covered include sample selection, selecting a comparison group, eliminating bias, need for and processes of randomization, reducing variability, choosing endpoints, intent-to-treat analyses, sample size justification, adherence issues, longitudinal follow-up, interim monitoring, research ethics and non-inferiority and equivalence hypotheses. Data collection and measurement issues also will be discussed. Communication of design approaches and interpretation of subsequent analysis results also will be stressed. Concepts will be explored through critical review of the biomedical and public health literature, class exercises and a research proposal. The course is intended for graduate students and health professionals interested in the design of biomedical or public health studies. Prerequisite: Biostatistics I, BIOS 806/CPH506 or an equivalent introductory statistics course, and instructor permission.
CPH 650Biostatistics II3
This course is designed to prepare the student to understand and apply advanced biostatistical methods needed in the design and analysis of biomedical and public health investigations. The major topics to be covered include multiple linear regression, analysis of covariance, logistic regression, survival analysis, and repeated measures analysis. Prerequisite: BIOS 806/CPH 506 or an equivalent course.
CPH 651Introduction to SAS Programming3
This course is an introduction to programming for statistical and epidemiologic analysis using the SAS Software System. Students will learn to access data from a variety of sources (e.g., the web, Excel, SPSS, data entry) and create SAS datasets. Data management and data processing skills, including concatenation, merging and sub-setting data, as well as data restructuring and new variable construction using arrays and SAS functions will be taught. Descriptive analysis and graphical presentation will be covered. Concepts and programming skills needed for the analysis of case-control studies, cohort studies, surveys, and experimental trials will be stressed. Simple procedures for data verification, data encryption, and quality control of data will be discussed. Accessing data and summary statistics on the web will be explored. Through in-class exercises and homework assignments, students will apply basic informatics techniques to vital statistics and public health databases to describe public health characteristics and to evaluate public health programs or policies. Laboratory exercises, homework assignments, and a final project will be used to reinforce the topics covered in class. The course is intended for graduate students and health professionals interested in learning SAS programming and accessing and analyzing public use datasets from the web. Prerequisite: BIOS 806/CPH 506 or an equivalent introductory statistics course.
CPH 506Biostatistics I 3
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, and one-way analysis of variance. A brief introduction to correlation and univariate linear regression will also be given. The course is intended for graduate students and health professionals interested in the design and analysis of biomedical or public health studies; not intended for Ph.D. students enrolled in the Biostatistics Graduate Program.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour

Tuition
$597.00
Fees
$95.00
Total
$692.00

3 Credit Hours

Tuition
$1791.00
Fees
$285.00
Total
$2076.00

Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour

Tuition
$597.00
Fees
$95.00
Total
$692.00

3 Credit Hours

Tuition
$1791.00
Fees
$285.00
Total
$2076.00

Note: In addition to the per credit hour fees outlined above the College of Public Health charges a $200 Technology Fee each semester a student is enrolled.

About Faculty

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 optimizes learning within the online modality and because technology enables students to access education they may otherwise may not be able to pursue.

Application Deadlines
  • Fall SemesterJul 01
  • Spring SemesterNov 01