Biostatistics & Epidemiology

Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) in Biostatistics (72 credits)

The DrPH in Biostatistics is intended to give students in-depth understanding of statistical methods applied to biomedical and public health areas. DrPH students will have the opportunity to learn how methods are developed and applied, as well as carry out a field study in biostatistics, which comprises consulting experience in industry or academic settings.

**UPDATE** Please note we are not accepting applications to the DrPH degree program for the 2017-2018 academic year as we revise the DrPH curriculum. The PhD degree program is accepting applications.

Competencies

Competencies for the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) in Biostatistics (72 credits)

Each Department identifies competencies for each degree offered. These competencies reflect the full range of knowledge, skills, and other attributes that a student will acquire as a result of completing the requirements for a particular degree.

Upon graduation, a student completing the DrPH curriculum in Biostatistics will be able to:

  • DrPH Common Competencies
    • Apply qualitative and quantitative research approaches to address issues at the community and population level
    • Integrate knowledge, approaches, methods, values and potential contributions from multiple professions and systems in addressing public health problems
    • Deliver training or educational experiences that promote learning in academic, organizational and community settings
    • Design system-level interventions that influence population health outcomes in multi-disciplinary team approaches that promote health equity and disease prevention
  • Biostatistics Concentration Competencies
    • Apply basic probability theory and standard statistical methods to problems relevant to biomedical, clinical and public health research
    • Conduct complex statistical analyses for a broad range of applications
    • Use statistical computer packages to organize, analyze and report collected data
    • Communicate the results of statistical studies both orally and in writing to senior statisticians and other investigators, and lay audiences
    • Design experimental and observational studies in biomedical, clinical and public health research
    • Critically analyze statistical methodology in scientific literature
    • Provide leadership for a cross-disciplinary team working on the design and/or analysis of a research study
**UPDATE** Please note we are not accepting applications to the DrPH degree program for the 2017-2018 academic year as we revise the DrPH curriculum. The PhD degree program is accepting applications.

Curriculum

Curriculum for the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) in Biostatistics (72 credits)

Students seeking the DrPH in Biostatistics degree must complete a minimum of 72 credits of academic work with a minimum GPA of least 3.2 overall and a 3.2 in the set of required courses specified by their department; earn no more than nine (9) credits bearing grades less than B; and complete the degree requirements within nine years. Courses are three credit hours unless otherwise noted.

**UPDATE** Please note we are not accepting applications to the DrPH degree program for the 2017-2018 academic year as we revise the DrPH curriculum. The PhD degree program is accepting applications.

  • PREREQUISITES
    • Master's degree in a related rea
    • Good GPA and GRE (and TOEFL, if needed) scores
  • CORE COURSES (12 credits)
    • PHCO 0501 - Health Systems and Policy
    • PHCO 0502 - Principles and Methods of Epidemiology (Prerequisite: Quantitative Skills Assessment)
    • PHCO 0503 - Introduction to Environmental Health
    • PHCO 0505 - Health Education and Behavioral Science in Public Health
  • REQUIRED COURSES (27 credits) Note: Students should review the Course Descriptions for specific information about prerequisites required for required courses and recommended electives.
    • BIST 0610 - Advanced Regression Methods for Public Health Studies
    • BIST 0613 - Biostatistics Theory I (or 16:960:592 within Department of Statistics, Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences)
    • BIST 0614 - Biostatistics Theory II (or 16:960:593 within Department of Statistics, Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences)
    • BIST 0615 - Categorical Data Analysis
    • BIST 0627 – Applied Survival Data Analysis (formerly BIST 0616 - Lifetime Data Analysis)
    • BIST 0650 - Applied Longitudinal Data Analysis
    • BIST 0655 - Biocomputing II
    • BIST 0660 - Clinical Trials: Design and Analysis of Medical Experiments
    • PHEL 0698 - Special Topic for DrPH Students
  • RECOMMENDED ELECTIVE COURSES (6 credits)
    • BIST 0630 - Sampling Methods
    • BIST 0688 - Statistical Methods in Genetics
    • BIST 0690 - Advanced Topics in Biostatistics
    • BIST 0700 - Advanced Theory of Biostatistics I (or 16:960:652 within Department of Statistics, Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences)
    • BIST 0701 - Advanced Theory of Biostatistics II (or 16:960:652 within Department of Statistics, Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences)
    • BIST 9655 - Nonparametric Statistics
    • BIST 9686 - Interpretation of Data I
    • BIST 9687 - Interpretation of Data II
    • EPID 0653 - >Advanced Epidemiologic Research Methods
    • EPID 0656 - Intermediate Epidemiologic Research Methods
    • EPID 0657 - Advanced Epidemiological Research Methods
  • REQUIRED PRACTICUM (3 credits))
    • PRAC 0705 - Practicum Experience
  • REQUIRED RESEARCH (24 credits)
    • RESH 0760 - Doctoral Research