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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

Coordinator, Office of Student Services
Phone: (912) 478-2674

Advising Hours

By appointment only

Biostatistics Competencies

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

Cross-cutting Competencies

  1. Apply evidence-based practice, generation of practice-based evidence, and leadership positions that apply and synthesize translational and implementation science findings in governmental, non-profit, and private-sector settings as well as teaching, research, and service in academic roles at the undergraduate or graduate level.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to generate products that discover, apply, and synthesize evidence from a broad range of disciplines and health-related data sources, in order to advance programs, policies, or systems addressing population health.  Learning products may be created in a range of formats.
  3. Demonstrate leadership in increasingly interdisciplinary, interprofessional,  and cross-­sectoral roles and settings.
  4. Develop innovative, current, and proactive approaches to adapt to the ever-changing public health systems and health care landscape.
  5. Explain a core, interdisciplinary orientation toward evidence-based public health practice, leadership, policy analysis and development, evaluation methods, and translational and implementation research to generate practice-based evidence.
  6. Demonstrate an ability to work in a global context, recognizing the relationships among domestic and global issues.

Biostatistics Concentration

  1. Design a public health and biomedical investigation in terms of the experimental design, data to be collected that reflect research objectives, number of subjects needed, and specification of appropriate methods for analysis.
  2. Analyze public health and biomedical data using appropriate statistical software such as SAS, R and S-plus.
  3. 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.
  4. Develop new biostatistical methods and new ideas for applying existing biostatistical methods to applications in public health and the biomedical sciences.
  5. Develop written and oral reports to communicate effectively with research investigators the pivotal aspects of a study, including: design, study objectives, data analysis methodology, results and conclusions.
  6. Create a collaborative environment for working on written and oral reports.

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 2017)DrPH Biostatistics Plan of Study 2017 PDF
3-Year Plan of Study (Fall Admission Previous Years)DrPH Biostatistics Plan of Study PDF

Last updated: 2/21/2019