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Biostatistics and Epidemiology

Overview

Leverage Research and Analysis to Improve Public Health Biostatisticians and epidemiologists play a key role in determining how best to meet the challenge of preventing, treating and controlling the spread of disease. If you want to build a career in this area, learn more about this specialization now:

Biostatistics and Epidemiology Track Courses

PM 511aData Analysis (SAS), 4 units

Part 1: Major parametric and nonparametric statistical tools used in biomedical research, computer packages including SAS; exploratory data analysis, detection of outliers, robust methods, fitting data with linear and nonlinear regression models, computer packages including BMPD. Laboratory. PR: PM 510

PM 511b Data Analysis (STATA), 4 units

Part 2: Major parametric and nonparametric statistical tools used in biomedical research, computer packages including SAS; exploratory data analysis, detection of outliers, robust methods, fitting data with linear and nonlinear regression models, computer packages including BMDP. Laboratory. PR: PM 510

PM 527 Infectious Disease Epidemiology, 4 units

Survey of natural history of infectious disease, methods of disease control and outbreak investigation. PR: PM 512

PM 536 Program Evaluation & Research, 4 units

Overview of concepts, tools, data collection, analysis methods and designs used to evaluate health promotion programs. Examples from substance abuse prevention, family planning and reproductive health programs.

PM 537 Chronic Disease Epidemiology, 4 units

Introduction to prevalent chronic diseases and conditions in the United States and the application of epidemiologic methods to study and/or prevent these disorders.

Track Total: 20

Biostatistics and Epidemiology Careers

The job outlook for those holding a master’s degree in public health with a specialization in biostatistics and epidemiology is very positive. In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of epidemiologists is expected to grow in state and local governments over the next 10 years. Additionally, the job market for biostatisticians is predicted to increase by 34% from 2014 to 2024. This growth rate is attributed to the continued growth of the pharmaceutical field and the emphasis on statistical analysis in decision-making for health-related organizations and health policy rulings.

Job titles for MPH grads with a specialty in Biostatistics and Epidemiology can include:

  • Clinical Data Science Researcher
  • Entry Level Epidemiologist
  • Infection Control Professional
  • Infection Preventionist
  • Pharmaceutical Epidemiologist
  • Project Manager
  • Research Analyst
  • Statistical Analyst

Where can you work as a biostatistician or epidemiologist?

  • Hospital systems
  • Federal, state and local government health agencies
  • Health research facilities or medical laboratories
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Universities / academic medical centers
  • Insurance companies
  • Nonprofits

Sources: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/epidemiologists.htm#tab-6 https://www.bls.gov/ooh/math/statisticians.htm