Master of Public Health in Biostatistics

The MPH in biostatistics is designed for students with strong quantitative skills and an interest in health sciences. BIOS VISIT EMORY PRESENTATION


MPH students take coursework in biostatistics, epidemiology, and core courses from other public health disciplines. They also receive training and hands-on experience in study design, data management, data analysis, and statistical software—both at Rollins and in public health settings around the world. Students link their biostatistical and public health training through practical research projects.

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Graduates of the MPH program are well positioned for biostatistical analyst positions as part of research teams in government, industry, or academia.

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Admission Requirements

In addition to the SOPHAS application, all applicants will need to submit the following materials when applying to Rollins.

  • College transcripts
  • The submission of GRE scores are optional for all candidates applying to MPH and MSPH programs for fall 2022 admission.
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Resume (optional)

Detailed information about each of these admission requirements can be found in Admissions.

Department Requirements

DegreeCoursework ReqGPAGRE Scores
MPH Successful completion of multivariate calculus (Calculus III) with a grade of B+ or better. Students with prior, relevant course work may receive academic credit toward their degree program in biostatistics. 3.5 or higher 50th percentile or higher for all fields. GRE scores are waived if you have a PhD in a comparable field. 

MPH Degree Requirements

42 credit hours, successful completion of an applied practice experience and an integrative learning experience and a B- GPA or higher

Applied Practice Experience

All Rollins MPH and MSPH students are required to complete a minimum of 200 hours applied practice experience (APE). The APE is a unique opportunity for graduate students to integrate and apply practical skills and training learned through coursework in a professional public health work environment. In most cases, students can use a part-time work position, graduate assistantship, or internship to meet the APE requirement. The APE is a significant educational experience that requires a minimum of 200 clock hours in a public health agency, institution, or community under the supervision of a field supervisor and the guidance of the student's department and/or the Office of Career Development. 

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Integrative Learning Experience - Thesis

Examples of past thesis titles include:

Analyzing Durability and Efficacy of Long-lasting Insecticide-treated Bed Nets: A Longitudinal Monitoring Study at Western Kenya

Risk Factors for Pneumonia-Associated Infant Death in the United States, 2007-2010

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What is the difference between an MPH and an MSPH in BIOS?

Both the MPH and the MSPH degrees offer comprehensive instructions in theory, methods, and practice in Biostatistics. The recommendation is to choose a degree program that best fits the applicant’s mathematical preparedness. The MSPH curriculum is designed for students who have prior experience in higher-level mathematics and statistics coursework. The MSPH curriculum places stronger emphasis on mathematical rigor and statistical theory, while the MPH curriculum places emphasis on statistical modeling and data analysis. 


Successful MSPH applicants often have Bachelor’s degrees in statistics, mathematics, computer science, engineering, or related fields. Successful MPH applicants have demonstrated strong quantitative potential and often have Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, social sciences, and public health. In some cases, applicants are initially admitted to the MPH degree and then transferred to the MSPH degree after completing additional mathematics coursework prior to enrollment.