MPH in Biostatistics

Biostatistics is the science of developing and applying statistical methods needed to tackle research problems in a variety of fields – especially public health and medicine. The Biostatistics major in the MPH program is ideal for students with an interest in tackling public health problems using data modeling and analysis.

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Learning Goals

  • Manage data structures efficiently using standard statistical software.
  • Evaluate basic multivariable statistical techniques commonly used in clinical and public health settings.
  • Explain the motivations, underlying theory, and assumptions of advanced methodological tools for biostatisticians.
  • Conduct and evaluate systematic reviews with meta-analysis.
  • Develop written presentations based on statistical analyses for both substantive investigators and members of the community.
  • Develop oral presentations based on statistical analyses for both substantive investigators and members of the community.
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Required Courses

The MPH program requires a variety of courses and experiences across the five core disciplines of public health: Biostatistics; Epidemiology; Health Policy, Management and Leadership; Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences; and Social and Behavioral Sciences. MPH core courses provide students with an understanding of the breadth of public health, and departmental courses in each major allow students to apply various principles to specific disciplines. Learn more about courses specific to this major in the WVU catalog.

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Admissions Guidelines

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a preferred overall GPA of 3.0. 
  • Basic competencies in mathematics.
  • GRE scores of 150 (verbal), 150 (quantitative), 3.5 (analytical writing), or a terminal degree.
  • TOEFL scores (minimum 550 paper-based) (minimum 213 computer-based).
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