MPH Programs

MPH Applied Biostatistics

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.

Core Courses

These courses are required in order to complete this program.

SPH 500 - Introduction to Health Policy and Management (*3)
SPH 501 - Determinants of Health (*3)
SPH 514 - Introduction to Environmental Health (*3)
SPH 519 - Biostatistics I (*3)
SPH 561 - Topics in Public Health: Epidemiology Module(s) (*1)
SPH 596 - Epidemiology Methods I (*2)
SPH 598 - Field Practicum (*6)
SPH 599 - Capping Project (*3)

Specialization Courses

These courses are required for this specialization.

SPH 619 - Biostatistics II (*3)

SPH 692 - Systematic Reviews (*3)
SPH 693 - Critical Appraisal of Health Science Literature in Epidemiology (*3)
SPH 696 - Epidemiology Methods II (*3)

SPH 719 - Biostatistics III (*3)


Students are required to complete *9 of graduate level coursework, approved by their advisor. For more information, see Electives.

Length of Program

The minimum time to complete the program is 16 months. The maximum time permitted for completion of the program is six years (full or part time) from the date of first registration.