Master of Public Health
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The Department of Biostatistics trains students to develop and apply statistical principles and methods to problems in health sciences, medicine, and biology. Biostatistics is one of the skills necessary for the development and practice of public health – the methods of this discipline are appropriate for quantifying the possible effects of risk factors and health interventions on individuals and groups. A graduate of the Biostatistics MPH program is able to specify and produce valid study designs, perform database management and produce working tables and statistical summaries, analyze data in terms of stated hypotheses, generate new hypotheses, and properly interpret study results.
Upon completing the core curriculum of the MPH program, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate a knowledge base in the disciplines of biostatistics, chronic and infectious disease epidemiology, health systems, public policy, social and behavioral sciences, and environmental health.
- Apply basic research skills to specific public health problems in both group and individual settings, including the ability to define problems; construct, articulate and test hypotheses; draw conclusions; and communicate findings to a variety of audiences.
- Explain the interrelationships between a multitude of factors that can impact on a public health problem, including scientific, medical, environmental, cultural, social, behavioral, economic, political, and ethical factors.
- Review, critique, and evaluate public health reports and research articles.
- Apply public health concepts, principles, and methodologies obtained through formal course work to actual problems experienced in the community or work environment.
- Critically evaluate programs, interventions, and outcomes that relate to public health practice.
- Apply ethical standards and professional values as they relate to the practice of public health.
- Demonstrate sensitivity to the social context within which public health professionals practice.
Competencies - Biostatistics
Upon receiving an MPH degree with a concentration in Biostatistics, the student will be able to:
- Describe concepts of probability, random variation and commonly used statistical probability distributions.
- Develop an efficient design for collecting, recording, and storing data collected in the conduct of public health and medical research.
- Develop sample size and statistical power calculations for basic study designs including those utilized in clinical trials.
- Design efficient computer programs for study management, statistical analysis, as well as presentation using SAS and other programming languages. Produce edited data sets suitable for statistical analyses
- Apply informatic techniques with vital statistics and public health records in the description of public health characteristics and in public health research and evaluation.
- Perform analyses of stated hypotheses using a variety of analytical tools including analysis of variance, multiple regression, nonparametric statistics, logistic regression, multivariate analyses, and methods for analyzing rates and failure time data.
- Interpret results of statistical analyses and use these results to make relevant inferences from data.
- Produce working tables and statistical summaries describing research in health science.
- Develop written presentations based on statistical analyses for both public health professionals and educated lay audiences.
- Develop oral presentations based on statistical analyses for both public health professionals and educated lay audiences.
Download the PDF version of the MPH requirements.
BIS 505a, Introduction to Statistical Thinking I
BIS 505b, Introduction to Statistical Thinking II
CDE/EMD 508, Principles of Epidemiology I
EPH 100a, Professional Skills Seminar
EPH 515b, Introduction to Research and Professional Ethics Seminar
One of the following two:
EHS 510a, Contemporary Issues in Environmental Health
EHS 503b, Introduction to Toxicology
One of the following two:
CDE 505a, Social and Behavioral Foundations of Health
CDE 571b, Psychosocial and Behavioral Epidemiology
One of the following two:
HPM 510a, Health Policy and Health Systems
HPM 560b, Healthcare Finance and Delivery
To fulfill the Public Health Practice requirement, choose one of the following three:
CDE 542b, Community Health Program Planning
EPH 500b, Public Health Practicum
EPH 520c, Summer Internship (Approval Required)
EPH 520c, Summer Internship (required whether or not used to fulfill the Public Health Practice Requirement)
BIS 525a and b, Seminar in Biostatistics
BIS 540a, Fundamentals of Clinical Trials
BIS 623a, Applied Regression Analysis
BIS 625a, Categorical Data Analysis
BIS 628b, Longitudinal Data Analysis
BIS 630b, Applied Survival Analysis
BIS 632b, Design and Analysis of Epidemiologic Studies
STA 541a, Probability Theory
STA 542b, Theory of Statistics
EPH 525, Thesis
One of the following four:
BIS 643b, Theory of Survival Analysis and its Applications
BIS 646b, Nonparametric Statistical Methods and their Applications
BIS 651b, Spatial Statistics in Public Health
BIS 691b, Theory of Generalized Linear Models
2011 - Yale Center for Analytical Sciences
2011 - World Health Organization
2010 - Constitution Surgery Center, CT
2010 - Yale Center for Clinical Investigation
2010 - Yale Emerging Infections Program
2010 - Boehringer Ingelheim, CT
2010 - Purdue Pharma
Recent thesis topics:
- Combining Ridge & Laplacian Shrinkage in Penalized Estimation
- Analysis of Longitudinal Data with Missing Data A Case Study
Some of the positions our students have taken upon graduation...Samples of Positions at Graduation: 2012, 2011, 2010
- Yale Center for Analytical Sciences, Biostatistician, New Haven, CT
- Michael Allen Company, Consulting Associate, Darien, CT
- Hudson Health Plan, Sr. Data Services Analyst, New York, NY
- Globaldata, Epidemiologist, New York, NY
- Humana, Data Analyst, Louisville, KY
- Analysis Group, Analyst, Boston, MA
- Epic, Technical Services, Madison, WI