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Application Deadlines

Degree Requirements







Liu, Hongjie, Full Member

Graduate Director

Saksvig, Brit, Adjunct Member


Carter-Pokras, Olivia, Full Member

Lee, Mei-Ling, Full Member

Associate Professor

He, Xin, Full Member

Lee, Sunmin, Full Member

Assistant Professor

Dallal, Cher, Full Member

Nguyen, Quynh, Full Member

Penniman, Typhanye, Full Member

Slopen, Natalie, Full Member

Zhang, Jing, Full Member

Research Assistant Professor

Cruz-Cano, Raul, Adjunct Member

More BIOS Faculty Information

Biostatistics (BIOS)   

Program Title and Classification


Graduate Degree Program

College: Public Health


Biostatistics is a science that addresses theory and techniques for describing, analyzing, and interpreting health data. The discipline is primarily focused on applications to problems in the health, medical, and biological sciences. The MPH with a concentration in biostatistics is a 43 credit professional degree that prepares graduates to work in public health services as practitioners, researchers, administrators, and consultants. A full-time student may complete our program in 2 years. Part-time students may take up to 4 years. The majority of courses are offered in the evenings. In addition to coursework, all biostatistics masters’ students are required to complete a capstone experience that occurs after all courses are completed and includes: 1) a data analysis project and 2) an internship of at least 240 hours.

Our proximity to the nation’s capital offers students unparalleled opportunities for research experiences in public health, including placements at the National Institutes of Health, National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control, Food and Drug Administration, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and many other national, state, and local health agencies.

Admissions Information

Applications for the MPH program with concentration in Biostatistics are reviewed with consideration to the following criteria:

  1. Minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA; outstanding performance in quantitative-oriented courses
  2. Official GRE scores taken within the past 5 years (GRE scores are required and should be requested directly from ETS for electronic transmission to SOPHAS. Use the SPH code 0485 and the Graduate School Code 5814). Scores should be at least in the 50th percentile for all sections.
  3. 3 letters of recommendation that address your academic capabilities.
  4. Statement of Purpose: Your statement of purpose should address each of the following questions:
    1. describe your specific interest in biostatistics;
    2. what previous experiences have influenced your decision to pursue a degree in biostatistics; and
    3. how do you believe UMD’s program will help you reach your career goals.
  5. Relevant academic/work experience, including previous coursework in mathematics, statistical methods, and/or statistical software packages.

The University of Maryland requires a Supplemental Application and a Supplemental Application Fee of $75 for each program. Applicants will receive e-mail instructions for how to complete the Supplemental Application once your SOPHAS application is complete. Applicants to the MPH program with concentration in Biostatistics should be sure to use the major code BIOS when selecting the program on the Supplemental Application.

How to Apply: Applications should be submitted through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS) at Remember to designate the University of Maryland School of Public Health, College Park, as one of your school choices along with your desired program. The University of Maryland School of Public Health GRE Code in SOPHAS is 0485 (the GRE is required in all applications).

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Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant Fall
Domestic Applicants:
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
Please visit the program website
International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
Please visit the program website

Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at

Degree Requirements

Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)

Total CreditsCore Requirements

Non-thesis only: 43 credits

EPIB 610: Foundations of Epidemiology (3 credits)

EPIB 650: Biostatistics I (3 credits)

HLSA 601: Introduction to Health Systems (3 credits)

HLTH 665: Health Behavior I (3 credits)

MIEH 600: Foundations of Environmental Health (3 credits)

EPIB 641: Public Health and Research Ethics (1 credit)

EPIB 651: Biostatistics II (3 credits)

EPIB 652: Categorical Data Analysis (3 credits)

EPIB 653: Applied Survival Data Analysis (3 credits)

EPIB 655: Longitudinal Data Analysis (3 credits)

EPIB 697: Public Health Data Management (3 credits)

EPIB 785: Internship in Public Health (3 credits)

EPIB 786: Capstone Project in Public Health (3 credits)

Electives (6 credits)



Facilities and Special Resources

Our faculty in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics includes individuals with multi-faceted interests in biostatistics, epidemiology, and bioinformatics. Biostatistics faculty apply statistical techniques including survival and longitudinal analysis, computational statistics, statistical analysis of genomic and proteomic data, machine learning, neuroimaging statistics, (network) meta-analysis, missing data analysis, Bayesian hierarchical methods, and bioinformatics to analyze and interpret health data. Epidemiology faculty have research interests and expertise in the epidemiology of infectious disease and chronic disease with particular focus in the areas of HIV/STIs, cancer, health disparities, cardiovascular disease, obesity/physical activity, and sexual and reproductive health. Additional areas of specialization include social and behavioral determinants of health, aging, cultural competency, and community-based interventions.



Director, Graduate Studies: Brit I. Saksvig, PhD

Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, 2234 School of Public Health Bldg.(#255)

University of Maryland College Park

MD, 20742

Telephone: 301-405-2491


Associated Information




Behavioral and Community Health (BCHL)

Behavioral and Community Health (MBCH)

Environmental Health Sciences (MIEH)

Epidemiology (EPDM)

Epidemiology (EPID)

Health Administration (HLSA)

Health Equity (HLEQ)

Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation (HPAE)

Maternal and Child Health (MCHS)