Sep 21, 2019  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog

Public Health, M.P.H. (Biostatistics Concentration)


General Program Information


Graduate School Contact:
Alondra Robbins; robbinsad@etsu.edu; (423) 439-4302

Claudia A. Kozinetz, Ph.D., M.P.H., Professor and Chair, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology
College of Public Health
The Academic Health Sciences Center at East Tennessee State University
Box 70259
(423) 439-4477
e-mail:kozinetz@etsu.edu
College website: www.etsu.edu/cph

Jennifer Hunt, Lecturer
MPH Coordinator
College of Public Health
Office 51M Lamb Hall
(423) 439-6135
Email: mphcoordinator@etsu.edu

Faculty: Arsham Alamian, Claudia Kozinetz, Ying Liu, Mildred Maisonet, Megan Quinn, Liang Wang, Shimin Zheng

The Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) is a professional degree that offers competency-based preparation for public health practice in five different concentration areas - Biostatistics, Community Health, Environmental Health, Epidemiology, and Health Services Administration. Each concentration provides students with the required knowledge and skills to work in the respective area.

The Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology offers the M.P.H. concentrations for biostatistics and epidemiology. For the other concentrations, please see the appropriate department.

Many courses are available in an online format through distance education technology. The M.P.H. concentration in Biostatistics can be obtained in a fully online format.

Biostatistics is a quantitative field in which students learn how to collect, manage, and analyze public health data. Students taking this concentration will learn basic analytical methods and the use of statistical software. Those with knowledge and skills in biostatistics are important in helping to analyze data so that public health prevention and control methods can be used to prevent disease and promote health. Students taking this concentration should have a strong aptitude and skills in mathematics.

Program Admission Requirements


Applicants to this program are required to use the online Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS) which can be accessed at http://www.sophas.org. The College of Public Health begins reviewing applications in early September and will continue to review applications through the month of May. However, the College of Public Health only admits for the following fall semester. 

The priority application deadline is February 1st (for early admissions decision, consideration for Graduate Assistantships, and Tuition Scholarships).

The final application deadline is June 1st.

Admission to the graduate program in public health is based upon scholarship, letters of recommendation, and evidence of potential for success in a graduate program, including:

  1. A minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.75;
  2. Satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). *NOTE: When applying through SOPHAS, please use the ETSU College of Public Health GRE code: 7333.

For additional information, please contact the office of the graduate coordinator or the respective graduate program housing your concentration of interest.

The following exemptions may be made for GRE scores:

  1. Applicants who have earned a master’s degree, medical degree or doctoral degree in the health sciences, or other applicable field from a regionally accredited U.S. institution are not required to submit GRE scores; and
  2. Official scores from the GMAT taken within the last 5 years may be submitted in lieu of the GRE. 

The exemption does not apply to graduates of foreign institutions. All applicants who are graduates of foreign institutions are required to submit GRE scores.

For additional information, please contact the MPH Program Coordinator, mphcoordinator@etsu.edu. You may also contact the respective graduate department housing your concentration of interest.

Articulation Agreement


Students who have completed the Biostatistics Graduate Certificate and subsequently are admitted into the MPH in Biostatistics may have up to fifteen (15) of the certificate credits applied toward the degree program of study.

Foundational Public Health Course


Students who have not earned a CEPH-accredited degree may be required to complete an additional course:

Public Health, M.P.H. Degree Requirements: 43 credits


Core Requirements 16 credits
Concentration 12 credits
Advisor Approved Electives 6 credits
Field Experience 6 credits
Capstone 3 credits
TOTAL 43 credits

*See MPH Student Handbook for details on progression in the program including requirements for graduation.

Advisor Approved Electives: 6 credits


Take 6 credits of Advisor Approved electives. 

Field Experience: 6 credits