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2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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

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General Program Information

David Shoham, PhD, MSPH, Chair, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology
College of Public Health
902 W. Maple St.
(423) 439-4477
Email: shoham@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: Billy Brooks; Ying Liu, Mildred Maisonet, Megan Quinn, David Shoham, 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. Application deadlines for Fall admission are: June 1st for domestic applicants and May 1st for international applicants.

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

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: A minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.75.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for admission. Applicants with a GPA of less than 3.2 are encouraged to submit the GRE scores with their application.

For additional information, please contact the MPH Program Coordinator, mphcoordinator@etsu.edu.

Articulation Agreements

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.

A student who completes the Graduate Certificate in Global Health and later wishes to pursue the Master of Public Health may transfer up to nine credits of the certificate credits into the master’s degree with approval of the degree graduate coordinator and the School of Graduate Studies. All transfer credit, however, must meet the GPA requirements and must be within the six-year matriculation limits. 

Up to sixteen (16) credits of coursework from the Health Care Management Certificate program may be approved for transfer into the M.P.H., M.B.A., or M.S.N. degree programs.

A student who completes the Graduate Certificate in Health Data Analytics and wishes to pursue the Master of Public Health may transfer the certificate credits into the master’s degree with approval of the degree graduate coordinator and the School of Graduate Studies.

Students who have completed the Public Health Graduate Certificate and subsequently are admitted into the MPH may have up to sixteen (16) of the certificate credits applied toward the degree program of study as long as the courses fall within the matriculation limits and a grade of B (3.0) or better was earned for the course.

Public Health, M.P.H. Degree Requirements: 43-46 credits

Core Requirements 16-19 credits
Concentration 12 credits
Advisor Approved Electives 6 credits
Field Experience 6 credits
Capstone 3 credits
TOTAL 43-46 credits

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

Public Health, M.P.H. Core Requirements: 16-19 credits

Advisor Approved Electives: 6 credits

Take 6 credits of Advisor Approved electives. 

Field Experience: 6 credits

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