Master Degrees

Quantitative Methods: Biostatistics and Epidemiology

The Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health sponsors the Department of Quantitative Methods: Biostatistics and Epidemiology located on the Newark Campus of the UMDNJ-School of Public Health.   Biostatistics and epidemiology are fundamental skills for public health, clinical practice and research. The goal of this department is to assist the student in developing quantitative, analytic and research skills for public health practitioners, employing both lecture-based and case-based teaching methods.  Master of Public Health (MPH) students are able to emphasize either biostatistics or epidemiology. Within the epidemiology concentrations, student may complete collaterals (minors) in the areas of: Injury, Infectious diseases, Radiologic Informatics. 

Upon graduation, a student with the MPH degree in the Quantitative Methods emphasis will be able to:

  • Use epidemiologic concepts to identify and evaluate public health and clinical problems;
  • Develop research protocols to assess public health problems, clinical questions and evaluate public health programs;
  • Critically evaluate epidemiological data and findings;
  • Communicate results from epidemiologic studies;
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of a variety of software packages used in epidemiology (e.g., JMP, SAS and Epi-Info);
  • Utilize behavioral and social sciences concepts to determine the relationships between health, culture, and community;
  • Describe important epidemiologic challenges on the local, national, and international level;
  • Conceptualize public health or clinical research questions using quantitative methods;
  • Identify the principles and limitations of public health screening programs;
  • Understand basics of infectious disease pathology, diagnosis, treatment and identification of risk factors (Epidemiology Majors); and
  • Conceptualize public health or clinical research questions using advanced quantitative methods techniques (Biostatistics Majors).


For more detailed information regarding the QNME curriculum click on the Biostatistics and Epidemiology Checklists on the Newark links page that can be found at: