MPH in Biostatistics

MPH – Biostatistics

About The MPH With Biostatistics Concentration

The IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health offers two different master’s degrees with a focus on Biostatistics: a Master of Public Health (MPH) with a concentration in Biostatistics and a Master of Science (MS) in Biostatistics.

The 45-credit MPH degree with a concentration in Biostatistics provides a comprehensive foundation in public health, with an emphasis on using biostatistics to understand and solve public health challenges. This option is the best fit for students who plan to seek employment in the public health field, as well as those pursuing an MPH in another concentration and those with a terminal degree, such as an MD or PhD, in a related field who wish to add additional quantitative abilities to their skill set. MPH students take a combination of public health core courses, public health concentration courses, public health elective courses, a practical experience course and a capstone course.

The 36-credit Master of Science in Biostatistics provides highly focused training in statistical theory and biostatistical methods, with an emphasis on their application in a broad array of health sciences. Students in this program are trained to be professional biostatisticians who are well qualified for employment in government and private health agencies, industry and research institutes. The MS program also serves as excellent preparation for doctoral programs in Biostatistics.


The Biostatistics department is unique within Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis in that it resides within two schools, the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health and the IU School of Medicine. The department is home to a renowned, award-winning and connected faculty. Professor Constantin Yiannoutsos, PhD, is the co-Director of the East Africa Regional Consortium of the International Epidemiologic Databases to Evaluate AIDS (IeDEA-EA) and has been a leader in developing biostatistical methods to support Implementation Science in the HIV treatment ‘cascade.’ Professor Ying Zhang, PhD, is heavily involved in the NIH/NINDS-funded PREDICT-HD project as a site PI – he studies the early progression of Huntington disease and is seeking to discover progression biomarkers for this neurodegenerative disease. The faculty’s research interests are varied and focused on important local and global health issues.

MPH Biostatistics Concentration Advisor: Barry Katz, PhD

Biostatistics Faculty


All MPH candidates must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 45 credits. For those pursuing the Biostatistics concentration, the curriculum includes required core courses, Biostatistics courses, and elective courses. In addition, each student must complete an internship and a final concentration project.


The MPH with a concentration in biostatistics focuses on 12 core competencies that serve as a measure of growth and criteria for assessment. 


Students may start the MPH program in either the Fall or Spring semester. The application deadlines are:

To Begin In The Fall
  • U.S Application Deadline: July 1
  • International Application Deadline: April 1
To Begin In The Spring
  • U.S Application Deadline: November 1
  • International Application Deadline: September 15

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