Core Requirements & Exemption Exams

Core Requirements

All degree-seeking students at UM SPH, including MS and PhD students, are required to complete core biostatistics and epidemiology coursework. For MS and PhD students, if you have completed an existing graduate degree from an accredited Public Health program or school, the departmental admissions committee may approve exemption from the Epidemiology/Biostatistics requirement.

Exemption Exams

Biostatistics Exemption Exam

Eligibility

This exam is available to non-biostatistics students from all degree programs (MPH, MHSA, MHI, MS, PhD) who have received a grade of A- or higher in a college statistics course or a grade of 4 or higher in an AP statistics course. This course should have covered analysis of data, including t-tests, chi-squared tests, simple and multiple linear regression.

Although the Biostatistics Exemption Exam does not explicitly test aptitude with statistical software packages such as R or SAS, any student going directly into BIOS 522 will be expected to have familiarity with basic functions in one of these packages.

A copy of the BIOSTAT 521 syllabus is located here.

Passing exam exempts students from: BIOSTAT 501/521*

*Population and Health Sciences students must get permission to take the exemption exam. Requests will be reviewed on a case by case basis. Requests can be sent to Lisa Garber at lfletch@umich.edu

Exam Details

  1. The exam will be fully accessible online through Canvas.
  2. The exam is not proctored.
  3. You will have one hour to complete the exam. After one hour, the exam will close and you cannot re-enter the exam.
  4. You may use a single reference text, a calculator, and an 8.5x11"handwritten sheet of notes while taking the exam. Tables for standardnormal, t, chi-square, and F distributions will be available through Canvas.
  5. A reference textbook for eligible exam topics is OpenIntro Statistics, 4th edition by Diez, Cetinkaya-Rundel, and Barr.  A free PDF of the text is located here.
  6. You will receive an email notifying you of exam results by Monday, August 31.

This exam will open on Tuesday, August 25th at 9 a.m. (EDT) and close on Thursday, August 27th at 9 a.m. (EDT). You may access and complete the exam at any time during that window. Please plan for one hour to complete the exam. You must complete the exam during that time period.

Epidemiology Exemption Exam

Eligibility

This exam is available to non-epidemiology students from all degree programs (first year MPH only, MHSA, MHI, MS, PhD).

Passing exam exempts students from PUBHLTH 512.*

*Population and Health Sciences students must get permission to take the exemption exam. Requests will be reviewed on a case by case basis. Requests can be sent to Lisa Garber at lfletch@umich.edu

Exam Details

  1. The exam will be multiple-choice and fully accessible online through Canvas.
  2. The exam is proctored via ProctorU.
  3. You will have two hours to complete the exam. You can expect this approximate time to breakdown as follows - 30 minutes for ProctorU logistics and 1.5 hours for the exam. After two hours, the exam will close and you cannot re-enter the exam. It will not be offered any other time during the year.
  4. You may use a calculator during the exam. No other materials may be used.
  5. The exam consists of questions that are based on PH512. In theory, any introductory text (Gordis Epidemiology, 6th Edition, Authors: David Celentano and Moyses Szklo) will help in the preparation, but there is a synthesis of material that will likely only come from having previous instruction in epidemiology.
  6. A score of 80% or above is considered passing.
  7. You will receive an email notifying you of exam results at the time of submission.

This exam will open on Monday, February 1st at 9 a.m. (EDT) and close on Friday, February 5th at 9 a.m. (EDT). You may access and complete the exam at any time during that window. Please plan for two hours to complete the exam. You must complete the exam during that time period. Registration for the exam closes on Monday, January 25th.

REGISTER FOR THE Epidemiology EXAM

HMP Economics Placement Exam - HMP Students Only

HMP offers a two-course sequence (HMP 660 and 674) that integrates intermediate microeconomic theory and health economics. The economics placement exam allows the student to skip the microeconomics segments of HMP 660. A student exempting this segment must register for a 1-credit independent study in the fall semester. During the independent study, the student will attend and be responsible for assignments in the health economics segments of HMP 660.

The placement exam will involve defining and applying basic, non-calculus-based microeconomic concepts. Several basic problems will be included. The exam is closed book, but you may bring a non-programmable calculator. Cell phones are not permitted to be used during this exam.  No sample exam is available, but any standard intermediate microeconomics text will be adequate for preparation.


Questions may be sent to sph.registrar@umich.edu.