Mission Statement


In accordance with the mission of the University of Puerto Rico and the Medical Sciences Campus, the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology is committed to the formation of human resources for health in order to encourage and achieve the most optimum levels of health and well being for our community.

Professionals in both biostatistics and epidemiology, who are indispensable resources in the multidisciplinary focus directed towards prevention and control of health problems, are the objects of our academic efforts directed to forming students with scientific mentality and methodology. They also reaffirm the social commitment that distinguish then locally and internationally as leaders within the health sciences field.

With these aims, our Department is composed of a high level and experienced faculty, and a curriculum updated according to the changing needs in research, technology and service, so that our mission can adjust to these social needs and health levels.



Programs Degrees


Master of Public Health – Biostatistics

The Master of Public Health (MPH) with Concentration in Biostatistics develops in students the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to apply statistical methodologies in the planning and implementation of studies and research in the area of community health. Specifically, the program graduates will deal proficiently with statistics in the health field, apply appropriate statistical methodology in the classification, presentation, analysis, and interpretation of health data, as well as collaborate in the design and implementation of evaluation models for health programs. Graduates also advise health agencies and organizations on the application of statistical theories and methodologies.


This is a 55 credit-hour program with courses distributed in three trimesters and one summer session.


Master of Public Health – Epidemiology

The Master of Public Health (MPH) with Concentration in Epidemiology prepares students to analyze data on diseases, investigate epidemics, and collaborate with other professionals in the prevention and control of disease. As professionals in one of the main areas of public health, epidemiologists study the distribution of diseases in the population, as well as factors associated with the increase or decrease in the incidence of such diseases. Graduates often work for government agencies and the private sector in research programs focusing on the distribution of disease in the population and on related factors. They also participate in educational activities geared to prevention.


This is a 54 credit-hour program with courses distributed in three trimesters and one summer session.


Master of Science – Epidemiology

One of the key disciplines within the field of public health, epidemiology is the study of the occurrence, distribution, and causes of disease in the community. The Master of Science (MSc) in Epidemiology Program prepares professionals proficient in the utilization of epidemiological methodology in the study and solution of community health problems, and who will engage in teaching, research, and service in this area. Program graduates are employed by government agencies and the private sector as epidemiologists, research assistants, data analysts, and coordinators of programs focusing on prevention. Some pursue doctoral studies.


This is a two-year (6 trimesters and two summers) program with a total of 76 trimester credit-hours.