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MPH Program Summary

The Epidemiology and Biostatistics Tracks are part of an inter-institutional program, the Oregon MPH Program, with a common core at both OHSU and Portland State University. The epidemiology and biostatistics tracks provide an opportunity for training of health professionals in the population perspective toward health care and disease prevention. Courses in each track emphasize the use of quantitative methodology for analyzing and addressing health problems to support basic and applied research in public health and health care.

The core curriculum offered to all students in the MPH program is intended to provide an understanding of the statistical, epidemiological, political, behavioral, environmental science, and organizational basis of public health and of the health care system in general.

The Council on Education in Public Health accredits the Oregon MPH program.

To meet the requirements of the developing OHSU School of Public Health, we have split our hybrid Epidemiology & Biostatistics degree into two separate tracks, starting Fall 2014. Both MPH programs require the completion of 60 credits and can usually be completed by full-time students in two years. 

 

MPH in Epidemiology

*New in Fall 2014

The Epidemiology track at OHSU trains health professionals in the population perspective toward health care and disease prevention. Courses in this track emphasize the use of quantitative methods for analyzing and addressing health problems to support basic and applied research in public health and health care. The core curriculum offered to all students in the OMPH program is intended to provide an understanding of the statistical, epidemiological, political, behavioral, environmental science, and organizational basis of public health and of the health care system in general. The epidemiology concentration focuses on providing students with epidemiological and statistical reasoning skills and competency in studying the distribution and dynamics of disease in populations, in evaluating health care programs, and in conducting clinical, behavioral, and health services research.

 Students graduating from this track will be able to:

  • Apply population-based concepts of epidemiology and risk determination to the assessment of health problems.
  • Apply evidence-based knowledge of health determinants to public health issues.
  • Apply and interpret a variety of statistical methods commonly used in medical and public health research.
  • Formulate and test a researchable question.
  • Identify ethical problems that arise when epidemiology is used to guide public policy decisions.
  • Identify cultural dimensions of conducting research, including culturally sensitive recruitment of study participants, and develop strategies for interpretation of data in the larger cultural context.
  • Assess and interpret relevant literature in the area of public health and epidemiology.
  • Integrate understanding of the interrelationships among the organization, delivery, and financing of health-related services.
  • Communicate public health principles and concepts through various strategies across multiple sectors of the community

Required Courses:

PHPM 512 Epidemiology I  (4 cr)
PHPM 513 Epidemiology II (4 cr)
PHPM 514 Epidemiology III (4 cr)
PHPM 536 Epidemiologic Data Methods (4 cr)
PHPM 540 Introduction to Research Design (3 cr)
PHPM 517 Principles of Health Behavior (3 cr)
PHPM 518 Concepts of Environmental Health (3 cr)
PHPM 519 Health Systems Org (3 cr)
PHPM 520 Ethics of Research and Application in Public Health (2 cr)
PHPM 566 Current Issues in Public Health (2 cr)
PHPM 507 (PHE 519)*  Introduction to the Etiology of Disease (3 cr)
BSTA 511 Estimation and Hypothesis Testing for Applied Biostatistics (4 cr)
BSTA 512 Linear Models (4 cr)
BSTA 513 Categorical Data Analysis (4 cr)
PHPM 504 Field Experience (6 credits)

additional electives (6) to total 60 credits
* PHE 519 can be waived for students who demonstrate completion of similar coursework. With an approved waiver, students will substitute an additional 3 elective credits.

 

MPH in Biostatistics

Biostatistics is one of the five core areas of public health knowledge. The Biostatistics track of the Oregon MPH program offered at OHSU provides training in biostatistics methods as they apply to population health.   Courses in the track emphasize intermediate to advanced applied statistical methods and statistical programming commonly used in public health research and practice. 

The biostatistics concentration focuses on developing competencies in population-based study design, analytic methods, data interpretation, and communication.  Graduates of the program will be equipped to pursue careers in local, state and federal agencies, health and medical centers, pharmaceutical companies and research institutions.

Students graduating from this track will be able to:

  • Apply appropriate principles of research design and population-based concepts to assess health problems.
  • Apply appropriate descriptive and inferential statistical methods to analyze risk determinants of disease and health conditions.
  • Apply descriptive and inferential statistical methods that are appropriate to the different study designs used in public health research.
  • Interpret and summarize results and communicate them to lay and professional audiences, in the contest of proper public health principles and concepts.
  • Identify strengths and weaknesses of alternative designs and analytic methods, and critically review and assess statistical analyses presented in public health literature.
  • Describe basic ethical principles pertaining to the collection, maintenance, use, and dissemination of public health data.
  • Identify cultural dimensions of conducting research, including culturally sensitive recruitment of study participants, and develop strategies for interpretation of data in the larger cultural context.
  • Integrate understanding of the interrelationships among the organization, delivery, and financing of health-related services.

Required Courses:

BSTA 511 Estimation and Hypothesis Testing for Applied Biostatistics (4 cr) 
BSTA 512 Linear Models (4 cr) 
BSTA 513 Categorical Data Analysis (4 cr) 
BSTA 515 Data Management and Analysis in SAS (3 cr) 
PHPM 512 Epidemiology (4 cr)
PHPM 513 Epidemiology II (4 cr) 
PHPM 517 Principles of Health Behavior (3cr)
PHPM 518 Concepts of Environmental Health (3 cr)
PHPM 519 Health Systems Organization (3 cr) 
BSTA 516 Design and Analysis of Surveys (3 cr) 
BSTA 519 Applied Longitudinal Data Analysis (3 cr) 
PHPM 520 Ethics of Research and Application in Public Health (3 cr) 
PHPM 566 Current Issues in Public Health (2 cr) 
PHPM 507 (PHE 519) Introduction to the Etiology of Disease (3 cr) 
BSTA 507 Biostatistics Field Experience (6 cr)

additional electives to total 60 credits

* PHE 519 can be waived for students who demonstrate completion of similar coursework. With an approved waiver, students will substitute an additional 3 elective credits.

 

Awards

The Oregon MPH program has been recognized three times by US News and World Report. It was ranked 2nd in the nation in the area of community health programs in 2007 and 2003 and was ranked 8th in 2000 among graduate programs in community health.

The Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine awarded its Outstanding Educational Program of the Year Award in 2004 to the OHSU Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine.