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Differences Between the MPH and MS Programs in Biostatistics

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Degree Focus

Students learn the full spectrum of public health but also specialize in a specific area. They enhance their research skills, but also gain experience through hands-on work in the public health field.

The MS has a focus on enhancing research skills and knowledge to work on research related to the chosen field.

Total Course Units for Degree


15 for Biostatistics
10 for Chronic Disease Epidemiology
14 for Health Informatics

Length of Degree

2 years

2 years for Biostats; 1 year for CDE

Annual Tuition (2018-2019)




Chronic Disease Epidemiology
Environmental Health Sciences
Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases
Health Policy
Health Care Management
Social and Behavioral Sciences

Chronic Disease Epidemiology
Health Informatics

Career Opportunities

MPH in Biostatistics:
Data experts/scientists in industry and business organizations – Amazon, Facebook, CVS

Biostatistician and Clinical Data Analyst in university medical centers and pharmaceutical companies – Bayer, Pfizer, Yale New Haven Health System

HealthCare Analysts in consulting – Analysis Group, Michael Allen, Acumen, Booz Allen Hamilton 

Data and Policy Analysts in government and international organizations – Center for Disease Control, NYC Department of Health 

MPH Chronic Disease Epidemiology:
Research assistants at universities/medical centers such as UCSF, Harvard School of Public Health and Yale School of Medicine

Epidemiologists within the public sector- San Diego Department of Health and Center for Disease Control

Medical School Education - Boston University School of Medicine, Yale University, Weill Medical School

MS Biostatistics:
Data Scientists in organizations such as Google, Facebook, Tesla

Biostatisticians at Pharmaceuticals and Universities or Research Centers

Financial Analysts at investment banks, hedge funds or other major companies such as CVS and Analysis Group

MS Chronic Disease Epidemiology:
Research Associates at major research universities or research organizations, hospitals or healthcare consulting.

MS Health Informatics:
Careers in clinical informatics, clinical research informatics, consumer health and population health informatics, and data science

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