Master's in Epidemiology / Biostatistics (MPH)

Our program offers a curricular track directed toward acquiring proficiency in both biostatistics and epidemiology. Training emphasizes the development of skills applicable to the study of the occurrence and distribution of disease, focusing on determining the impact and magnitude of disease frequency so that effective control measures can be designed. Areas of study include the investigation of the natural history and clinical course of disease, as well as the study of statistical methods used to identify and evaluate risk factors associated with disease outcomes.


Our two-year program’s course of study consists of 48 units. While generally devoting a substantial portion of course hours to topics in epidemiology and biostatistics, students have the opportunity to take additional courses in areas of interest to them and/or courses needed for their research.

A comprehensive exam is required as well as a master’s paper and presentation.


Applicants have completed undergraduate course work in the biological, social or math sciences.

  • Common undergraduate majors for admitted applicants: Health, biological, natural, social and cognitive sciences.
  • Common work experience for admitted applicants: Volunteer work in public health, research assistants or lab technicians.


Graduates are qualified for positions in federal, state and local health departments, as well as positions in academic research and in the private medical and health care fields. Some graduates decide to pursue doctoral studies in epidemiology or biostatistics.

Admissions Statistics

50 / 145 Admissions Ratio
3.69 Average GPA of admitted applicants
87% Average Verbal GRE scores of admitted applicants
79% Average Quantitative GRE scores of admitted applicants

Epidemiology/Biostatistics Faculty

Core Faculty

Affiliated Faculty


Adjunct Faculty

Emeriti Faculty

Program Manager
Janene C. Martinez

(510) 643-2731

Epidemiology Division Head:

Arthur Reingold MD

Epidemiology/Biostatistics Program Director:

Mahasin Mujahid