Biostatistics Master of Science (M.S.) and Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) Programs

Master's Student Directory (listing optional)

 Health Data Science Concentration Program  "NEW"

The Department of Biostatistics, School of Public Health launches a new addition to the Biostatistics Master's Program with an option of Health Data Science Concentration (HDSC), starting in the fall semester, 2019.   This addition to the existing Biostatistics Maters Program enriches the Biostatistics training with a focus on rules and techniques for understanding and handling big health data, along with statistical software and programming skills for data processing.  Students enrolled in the Biostatistics Master's Program can choose a set of courses featuring big data analytics to fulfill the requirements of the HDSC program.  Some of the HDSC related courses include Statistical Computing, Computing with Big Data, Introduction to Health Data Science, Machine Learning in Health Applications, and Health Data Practicum.  Through this HDSC program students will be equipped with rigorous quantitative skills for health big data analysis.

The M.S. and M.P.H. programs are designed for completion in four terms (two years) with a total of 48 credits. The two programs have identical requirements in Biostatistics but differ in their other requirements. Both programs include the following (or equivalent) courses:

Core courses in Biostatistics (22 credit hours)
Courses Credits Title Usual Term
BIOS 601 4 Probability and Distribution Theory Fall, Year 1
BIOS 602 4 Biostatistical Inference Winter, Year 1
BIOS 650 4 Applied Statistics I: Linear Regression Fall, Year 1
BIOS 651 3 Applied Statistics II: Generalized Linear Models Winter, Year 1
BIOS 653 3 Applied Statistics III: Longitudinal Analysis Fall, year 2 for entering class of 2016
BIOS 699 4 Analysis of Biostatistical Investigations Winter, Year 2

Electives in Biostatistics or Statistics (12 credit hours)

At least 12 additional credit hours of Biostatistics or Statistics courses are required in addition to the core courses. They may be selected from Biostatistics at the 600/800 level or from Statistics at the 500/600 level. Generally one-credit courses such as one-credit seminars and journal clubs do not count as electives. Courses that fall under this umbrella are Biostat 600, Biostat 605, Biostat 606,  Biostat 606,  Biostat 510, and Biostat 803. Biostat 830 is a "special topics" seminar course, which does count toward the elective requirement.

Contact Information

Ph.D. program:

Telephone: 734-615-9817

MS & MPH programs:

Telephone: 734-615-9812

Department of Biostatistics
School of Public Health
University of Michigan
1415 Washington Heights
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2029
Fax: 734-763-2215