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Oregon MPH at Oregon Health & Science University 

Biostatistics is one of the five core areas of public health knowledge. Over the last decade in the US, there has been an increasing demand for individuals well-trained in the field of biostatistics to collaborate in public health research and program evaluation.  The increasing use of electronic health records, population-based health surveys, large scale community-based interventions and evaluations of health care reform initiatives are just a few examples where biostatistics is essential for public health.  We have noticed that those excelling in biostatistics often find employment prior to completing their degrees, a strong indication of the need for a track specifically focused on the application of biostatistics in public health. 

Track Learning Competencies

Graduates of the Biostatistics track will be equipped to pursue careers in local, state and federal agencies, health and medical centers, pharmaceutical companies and research institutions. The goal of the Oregon MPH track in Biostatistics at OHSU is to provide training in both applied statistical methods and public health concepts, so that students gain the practical knowledge and skills to engage in successful careers in public health. 

Students graduating from this track will be able to:
  • Apply appropriate principles of research design and population-based concepts to assess health problems.
  • Apply appropriate descriptive and inferential statistical methods to analyze risk determinants of disease and health conditions.
  • Apply descriptive and inferential statistical methods that are appropriate to the different study designs used in public health research.
  • Interpret and summarize results and communicate them to lay and professional audiences, in the context of proper public health principles and concepts.
  • Identify strengths and weaknesses of alternative designs and analytic methods, and critically review and assess statistical analyses presented in public health literature.
  • Describe basic ethical principles pertaining to the collection, maintenance, use, and dissemination of public health data.
  • Identify cultural dimensions of conducting research, including culturally sensitive recruitment of study participants, and develop strategies for interpretation of data in the larger cultural context.
  • Integrate understanding of the interrelationships among the organization, delivery, and financing of health-related services

Track Information:   

Biostatistics Track Curriculum and Course Competencies 

Biostatistics Student Handbook   

Contact Information: 

Admissions Information:

Biostatistics MPH Program Office
Oregon Health & Science University
Campus Services Building, Room 663B

Curricular Information:

Jodi Lapidus, PhD
Director, Biostatistics Education

Oregon Health & Science University
Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine

Related Web Resources:
Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU)

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