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University of South Florida
College of Public Health
Epidemiology and Biostatistics
13201 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. MDC56
Tampa, FL 33612-3805


From the beginning of the 20th century, the field of biostatistics has been the quantitative core of the efforts to improve health and reduce illness. Biostatisticians play indispensable roles in designing studies and analyzing data as diverse as drug testing to combat AIDS and other diseases, evaluating interventions to reduce drug and alcohol addiction, determining risk factors for disease, regulating environmental hazards, and protecting food safety. Today biostatistics has become the backbone of informatics to process massive data that are generated on unprecedented scales. Our Biostatistics programs are for individuals with outstanding quantitative skills, who enjoy exploring, analyzing, and helping to solve problems, or explain issues through statistical analysis of current local, national or international health related data. Instruction is rigorous and addresses data analysis in health related research. Students will be introduced various statistical tests and analysis programs, and through coursework, practice and projects, will explore and analyze data as it relates to real-life health issues.


The MPH degree program in Biostatistics provides a solid foundation for future employment in the areas requiring health related data analysis. Students in the Biostatistics MPH program will gain the knowledge and practice necessary to become a skilled member of a research team. After graduating, students will be prepared for employment in many areas of public health. Our students have been employed in local and state health departments, the Centers for Disease Control and prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), research hospitals, and in medical, pharmaceutical and life science research centers throughout the world. Students with current health related employment can expand their knowledge and analytical skills to advance their careers. Culminating experiences in the MPH biostatistics program allows for the development of individual interests by applying the biostatistical and data analysis knowledge and skills acquired through coursework, to hands-on training.


Students work with their faculty advisors to plan and complete a program of study that covers five basic public health core areas and also allows for students to explore their individual areas of interest. The required core courses address universally recognized areas of public health: epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, health policy and management, and social and behavioral health. The biostatistics concentration courses develop skills and knowledge for a deeper level of understanding of data analysis. Electives allow students to explore individual area(s) of interest. Student’s interests can also be explored in the MPH culminating experiences - Field Experience (FE) and Special Project (SP). The Field Experience provides an opportunity for students to appreciate their program area as a profession, to apply skills and knowledge gained in classrooms, to real-world working situations. Students can complete their Field Experience domestically or internationally and tailor their FE to meet their personal goals. The Special Project is a research project that can build upon the FE area, or it can explore a completely different topic, depending on student’s interests and available data. For the SP students will evaluate and present the statistical analysis of various health issues in a formal research report.


The MSPH degree program in Biostatistics provides a strong foundation for opportunities health related research planning and analysis. Students in this program acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to perform in-depth research in biostatistics, as demonstrated by the completion and presentation of a final thesis. Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate a deeper understanding of research/data gathering and analysis as it relates to health in individuals, the local area, the nation or the global community.


Students work in consultation with their faculty advisor and thesis committee to complete a program of study that covers Public Health and Biostatistical topics in depth, culminating in biostatistical research. The MSPH required core courses address general public health topics and lay the foundation for understanding public health issues. The required concentration courses develop the student's area of biostatistical data analysis, and research study planning. Individualized research done with the assistance of the Thesis committee and major professor allows the students in the MSPH program to evaluate a health topic, in depth, using a variety of statistical analysis tools. Students will demonstrate the skill needed to explore an issue, develop a hypothesis and build a study that uses biostatistics to draw conclusions on the topic of interest, through the research, data analysis, creation of the document (thesis) and defending their results in a public setting.


The PHD degree program in Biostatistics is for students who have a strong background in analytical and theoretical Biostatistics. This program provides advanced training opportunities in statistical theory, biostatistical methods, and their applications. Students in this program will enhance their biostatistical knowledge and skills and methodology in various areas of health research. Students will explore the analyses of complex health data by performing intricate analysis, creating novel statistical approaches, modeling and interpreting health related data. Students completing the program demonstrate their expertise in biostatistics by the planning, executing, writing and presenting a high level research study (dissertation).


The PhD program provides advanced training and research opportunities in statistical theory, biostatistical methods, and their applications in a wide spectrum of fields including epidemiology, mental health prevention, environmental health, clinical trials, and health services research. With a curriculum that is both interdisciplinary and adaptive to individual student needs and interests, the program prepares students for a career as biostatisticians in academia, government, industries, and health care organizations.