Center for Public Health Sciences

Math Background

Applicants to the MPH program and applicants to the Public Health Certificate program who wish to take Fundamentals of Biostatistics as an elective should feel confident in their quantitative skills. This course necessitates that students have a working knowledge of college-level algebra.

When evaluating applicants, the Admissions Committee will look closely at scores on the quantitative section of the GRE and prior coursework in math-related subject areas to assess readiness for Biostatistics.  Applicants who have been out of school for a long time or for some other reason are unsure whether their basic algebra skills are sufficiently strong are encouraged to test themselves and seek out supplementary resources if necessary. 

Numerous basic algebra quizzes and tutorials are available online. 

Applicants who feel they need more formal training in algebra are strongly advised to take a college level course before beginning the program.


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