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Master of Science

The Master of Science in Biostatistics Program in the Department of Biostatistics requires a minimum of 36 post-baccalaureate credit hours.  The program is designed to facilitate students’ development of a strong theoretical foundation in biostatistics, and a broad-based understanding of biostatistical methods.  A typical student will be enrolled full-time for two years.  Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be awarded an M.S. degree in biostatistics.

The principal goal of the M.S. program is to prepare highly qualified individuals for future Ph.D. training and for careers in biostatistics practice.  This training is conducted in the innovative and interdisciplinary public health culture of the College of Medicine and the College of Public Health and Health Professions, and it will produce graduates who will help address the shortage of biostatisticians.  We expect our graduates to be highly competitive in three primary settings: academic university-based settings, industry, and federal agencies that involve research and/or public health practice.

Difference between the MS and MPH Degrees in Biostatistics

The University of Florida offers both a Master of Science (MS) degree in Biostatistics and a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in Biostatistics.  While both are valuable degrees, the target audiences are different.  The MS degree is suitable for students with a substantial mathematics background, including at least three semesters of Calculus and a semester of linear algebra, as well as some training in statistics and probability, including at least a basic statistics course, and ideally including undergraduate coursework in calculus-based probability and mathematical statistics.  The MPH degree is designed primarily for students with a previous graduate degree, particularly in the health sciences, who want to obtain more skills in quantitative and analytic methods for public health research.  There are no formal mathematics or statistics prerequisites for the MPH degree.   The mathematical level of the biostatistical courses required by the two degrees differs substantially.