Applied Biostatistics

Professional Certificate

University of Nebraska Medical Center

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
    12
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $580.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $580.00

Earn your degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center

Get the same diploma as on campus students

The online Applied Biostatistics, certificate is designed to give students a unique set of data skills, knowledge and abilities that will enable graduates to develop quantitative data skills for tackling public health issues. This professional certificate program is intended for graduate students, public health professionals and health care providers who seek graduate level training in applied biostatistics.


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

About Faculty

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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. 2 letters of recommendation

  4. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  5. Minimum GPA: 3.0. You must have a 3.0 or higher grade point average for the last 60 undergraduate or the last 18 graduate/post-baccalaureate credit hours completed.

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:

  • Select "Certificate in Biostatistics" as your program when completing the application
  • Submit a $50 non-refundable application fee
  • Complete the UNMC College of Public Health Application Packet
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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
July 1
Spring Semester
November 1

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CPH 506Biostatistics3

Course Number: CPH 506

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.

CPH 517Design of Medical Studies3

Course Number: CPH 517

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

Course Number: CPH 650

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. The course is intended for graduate students and health professionals interested in the design and analysis of biomedical and public health studies.

CPH 651Introduction to SAS Programming3

Course Number: CPH 651

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; EPI 821/CPH 621; and instructor permission.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $580.00
  • Fees: $95.00
  • Total: $675.00
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1740.00
  • Fees: $285.00
  • Total: $2025.00

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $580.00
  • Fees: $95.00
  • Total: $675.00
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1740.00
  • Fees: $285.00
  • Total: $2025.00
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. 

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What's it like to take a program online?

  • Quality learning experience

    The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.

  • Flexibility

    Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.

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