Biostatistics and Epidemiology


Leverage Research and Analysis to Improve Public Health
Biostatisticians and epidemiologists use statistical procedures, techniques, and methodologies to identify health trends and to determine what causes disease and injury. They evaluate preventive measures and efficacy of new treatments. If you want to build a career in this area, learn more about this specialization now:

Biostatistics and Epidemiology Courses

Required Courses

Concentration Total: 20 Units

PM 511a Data Analysis (SAS) 4 units
PM 511b Data Analysis (STATA) 4 units
PM 527 Epidemiology of Infectious Disease 4 units
PM 537 Chronic Disease Epidemiology 4 units

And choose one of these courses:

PM 529 Environmental Health: An Epidemiological Approach 4 units
PM 536 Program Evaluation & Research 4 units

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