College of Public Health Catalog 2013/2014

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Applied Biostatistics (Online Graduate Certificate)

Biostatistics is the application of statistical methods to scientific research in health-related fields, including medicine, nursing and public health.  Biostatisticians play essential roles in designing studies, analyzing data using biostatistical methodology, and developing new methods to solve challenging research problems. This graduate certificate of applied biostatistics program is a good choice for students who want to acquire data-analysis skills and gain a greater knowledge of biostatistics. Such gains of skills are useful in fields such as public health, medicine, nursing, business, education, engineering and other related areas.  Upon completion of the program, the skills can be applied immediately in workplace, making the graduates more valuable problem solvers for their organizations.

Course Requirements

Total program hours: 12 credit hours minimum.

Required courses (6 credits)

    • PHC 6050 - Biostatistics I (3)
    • PHC 6051 - Biostatistics II (3)

Elective Courses (6 credits)

    • PHC 6701 - Computer Applications for Public Health Researchers (3)
    • PHC 6000 – Epidemiology (3)
    • PHC 6010 – Epidemiology Methods I (3)
    • PHC 6053 – Categorical Data Analysis  (3)

Admission Requirements
Applicants must hold an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum  3.0 GPA. Quantitative skills as demonstrated by previous courses in algebra or equivalent.

Application process
Please visit http://www.usf.edu/innovative-education/programs/graduate-certificates/application-process.aspx to access the application. In addition, to the application forms please submit:

  1. Official transcripts
  2. Resume
  3. Letter of interest

Standardized Tests 
There are no specific test requirements

Application of Certificate Courses Towards Graduate Degree
Up to 12 hours of certificate course credits may be applied to a graduate degree with departmental approval

Transfer Credit
Non-degree seeking students and transfer students may apply one course to a graduate certificate with departmental approval.

Registration process
First, consult with the certificate program advisor and obtain an electronic course permit if necessary. Then go to http://usfonline.admin.usf.edu/, the link to OASIS, USF's online registration system. Follow directions given online.
To access online course materials, students must have the USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: https://netid.usf.edu/una/# to obtain the NetID.
New students, including those studying online, may obtain the USFCard. Please visit: http://www.usf.edu/it/class-prep/usf-card.aspx to obtain the USFCard.

Time Limit for Completion of Certificate
Courses must be completed in nine (9) semesters.

Tuition and fees
Standard graduate tuition rates and fees apply for graduate students who also pursue this graduate certificate and for non-degree graduate certificate students taking these courses on campus. Please visit http://www.usf.edu/innovative-education/programs/graduate-certificates/cost-to-attend.aspx  for information on tuition and fees

Department contact information
Jane Lundh at (813) 974-4529 or jlundh@health.usf.edu

New Student Advisor
Pre-Admission Counseling and Advising (813) 974-6505 or advisor@health.usf.edu

Special Notes

USF College of Public Health
13201 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.
Tampa FL 33612-3805
Toll Free 888-USF-COPH (press 1 for Student Advising)

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