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DrPH in Biostatistics


The mission of the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) 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; and biomedical, clinical and population-based research. Students completing a DrPH in Biostatistics degree within the JPHCOPH 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.

Course Requirements

All Georgia Southern University Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health students who select to study the DrPH – Biostatistics degree program will complete a minimum of 60 credits. Students pursuing this degree will take Public Health Sciences Core Courses (21 credits), Advanced Program Concentration Courses – Biostatistics (27 credits inclusive of elective), Doctoral Public Health Field Preceptorship (3 hours) and successfully defend a Dissertation (9 hours). Upon completion of the DrPH – Biostatistics students will be trained to provide leadership in Biostatistics in a variety of public health settings.

JPHCOPH Graduate Advisor

Monica Brister
Academic Services Coordinator
Phone: 912-478-2674

Advising Hours

By appointment only

Biostatistics Competencies

At the completion of the DrPH degree program all Biostatistics students will be able to:

Biostatistics Concentration

  1. Interpret analytic methods used in the public health and biomedical journals, as well as critique published reports of public health and biomedical experiments as to the validity of the inferential conclusions.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in statistical software such as SAS or R to handle complex public health and biomedical data analysis problems.
  3. Develop new biostatistical methods and new ideas for applying existing biostatistical methods to applications in public health and the biomedical sciences.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to flexibly apply prior information to solve a wide range of public health biomedical problems using Bayesian Analysis.
  5. Demonstrate the comprehension of the underlying statistical theory that supports the biostatistical methodology.

Course Requirements

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

Biostatistics Concentration Documents

3-Year Plan of Study (Fall Admission 2019)DrPH Biostatistics Plan of Study PDF
3-Year Plan of Study (previous academic years)DrPH Biostatistics Plan of Study 2017 PDF

Last updated: 5/7/2019