MS & Ph.D. Program

Applications of quantitative sciences to biomedical questions and public health issues have grown dramatically over the past decades. The Department of Public Health Sciences (DPHS) strives to meet this challenge by providing innovative and relevant interdisciplinary graduate training. The Department offers the following degrees:

Ph.D. student standing beside research poster at Student Research Day

  • Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences with a concentration in Biostatistics or Epidemiology
  • Ph.D. in Biostatistics
  • Ph.D. in Epidemiology

The DPHS faculty has a long history of biomedical and public health research collaborations with basic and clinical science researchers, which provides many opportunities for students to acquire experience and expertise in the application of analytic methodology and theory to biomedical and clinical problems and to develop new methodologic approaches.


Biostatistics is the science of collecting, analyzing, and interpreting biological data to advance scientific knowledge. In the domain of Public Health, Biostatistics is focused on biomedical data and its collection, analysis, and interpretation.


Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of disease in human populations. Epidemiology is often referred to as the “basic science of public health” because it is so central to public health practice and research.