MPH Programs

MPH Applied Biostatistics

These requirements are effective Fall 2018 and apply to students enrolling from this date forward.

Biostatistics applies statistical reasoning and methods to health-related fields including public health, medicine, and biology. As one of the core disciplines of public health, it is concerned with quantitative aspects of investigations, covering design, conduct, analysis, and interpretation of studies. 

Biostatistical methods are used for a wide range of public health activities such as assessing etiological hypotheses of diseases and injuries, evaluating effectiveness of intervention programs/policies/trials, and monitoring and detecting health trends of population.

As part of interdisciplinary teams, biostatisticians collaborate with practitioners and researchers of health-related fields providing quantitative expertise. This typically involves:

  • understanding health-related hypotheses and surrounding issues under study,
  • putting them into a statistically evaluable framework which guides the study design and data collection,
  • analyzing data with respect to the hypotheses and surrounding issues, using statistical software, and
  • assisting interpretation of the analysis results. 

Biostatisticians find employment in various types of organizations and settings, including governments, research centres/groups, and private sectors involved in health.

In addition to the MPH core courses (*24), students must complete the following, for a total of (*45).


Specialization Courses (*17)

SPH 519 - Biostatistics I (*3)
SPH 596 – Epidemiology Methods I (*2)
SPH 619 - Biostatistics II (*3)
SPH 696 - Epidemiology Methods II (*3) 
SPH 719 - Biostatistics III (*3)

SPH 692 - Systematic Reviews (*3) 
SPH 693 - Critical Appraisal of Health Science Literature in Epidemiology (*3)

Approved Elective Courses (*4)

(*4) of graduate-level courses approved by the student’s academic advisor.

Length of Program

The minimum time to complete the MPH degree is 20 months. The maximum time permitted for completion of the program is six years (part- or full-time) from the date of first registration.