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M.P.H. Biostatistics

Mission and Overview

The mission of the Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree – Biostatistics program concentration is to prepare individuals to function as applied biostatisticians in public health and biomedical related fields. Biostatistics is the development and application of statistical reasoning and methods in addressing, analyzing and solving problems in public health, health care, biomedical, clinical and population-based research. Students completing an M.P.H. in Biostatistics degree within the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health at Georgia Southern University will be able to serve the community, region, state, nation, or world through governmental, private, and academic sectors by utilizing his/her biostatistical skills gained in order to help solve public health and biomedical problems in rural and urban environments.

All Georgia Southern University Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health students who select to study the M.P.H. – Biostatistics degree program will complete a minimum of 45 credits. Students pursuing this degree will take Public Health Core Courses (14 credits), Program Concentration Courses (27 credits), and a Practicum experience (3 credits)/Capstone Research Project (3 credits) where they will apply, in practical fashion, the skills learned throughout their program. Students will also be required to present the findings of their research project as the culminating M.P.H. experience. Upon completion of the M.P.H. – Biostatistics students will be trained to function effectively as applied biostatisticians in a variety of public health and biomedical related settings.

JPHCOPH Graduate Advisor

Shamia Garrett, M.P.H.
Coordinator, Office of Student Services
Phone: (912) 478-2674
Email: jphcoph-gradadvisor@georgiasouthern.edu

Advising Hours

By appointment only

Biostatistics Student Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate proficiency and effectiveness in the communication of core public health principles and practices, both oral and written.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in the integration of the core public health disciplines (Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Environmental Health, Health Policy/Management, and Social/Behavioral Science) in practice and research.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in problem‐solving, critical thinking, and public health leadership.
  4. Construct a public health and biomedical research question from ideas, conditions, and events that exist in a rural and urban community, region, state, and nation using critical thinking skills.
  5. Design an experiment, survey or clinical trial pertaining to a public health and biomedical research question in order to collect the data needed to meet objectives of public health research.
  6. Select appropriate statistical tools, methodological alternatives, and graphical descriptives to analyze and summarize public health and biomedical data.
  7. Interpret results of biostatistical analyses so that valid and reliable conclusions regarding a public health and biomedical research question may be drawn from the analyses.
  8. Communicate biostatistical principles and concepts to lay and professional audiences through both oral and written communication.
Biostatistics Competencies

At the completion of the M.P.H. degree program all Biostatistics students will be able to:

Cross-cutting Competencies

  1. Demonstrate effective written and oral skills for communicating with different audiences in the context of professional public health activities. (Communication and Informatics)
  2. Use information technology to access, evaluate, and interpret public health data. (Communication and Informatics)
  3. Describe the roles of history, power, privilege and structural inequality in producing health disparities. (Diversity and Culture)
  4. Explain how professional ethics and practices relate to equity and accountability in diverse community settings. (Diversity and Culture)
  5. Develop public health programs and strategies responsive to the diverse cultural values and traditions of the communities being served. (Diversity and Culture)

Biostatistics Concentration

  1. Provide the biostatistical components of the design of a public health or biomedical experiment by:  clarifying the research objectives or questions; determining data and endpoints to be collected appropriate for the objectives; translating the objectives into biostatistical questions via hypothesis testing or confidence interval frameworks; determining the appropriate sample size; and writing the statistical analysis section of the experiment.
  2. Apply appropriate statistical analysis methods using SAS to analyze both categorical and quantitative data.
  3. Develop written and oral reports to communicate effectively to research investigators pivotal aspects of a study, including its design, objectives, data, analysis methods, results, and conclusions ensuring that results and conclusions are valid and reliable and address the research objectives.
  4. Create a collaborative environment for working on written and oral reports and developing critical thinking skills.
  5. Describe key concepts and theory underlying biostatistical methodology used in probability and inferential, analytical, and descriptive statistics.
Course Requirements

Course requirements and course descriptions can be found in the Georgia Southern University Graduate Catalog.

 
Biostatistics Plan of Study
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2-Year Plan of Study

Last updated: 8/20/2017