Population Health Science MS

Major: Population Health Science
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Minimum Required Credits: 45.0
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 45.0102
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 19-1042

Note: The MS is currently not accepting students.

About the Program

The Master of Science in Population Health Science provides students who already have a terminal degree (e.g., MD, PhD, DVD, as well as others) with the foundation to develop and maintain an independent research program in clinical and population health sciences. Students will undergo rigorous training in research methods with a focus on applying these methods to their area of expertise. The program is extremely flexible so that students can customize their learning to fit their research needs. Graduates will have the tools to build their research career in their area of specialization.

Major Competencies

  • Critically evaluate the design of research studies, data collection methods, analysis methods, and results of published research
  • Formulate appropriate research questions that are informed by underlying conceptual models
  • Identify and apply appropriate descriptive and inferential statistical and epidemiologic methodologies to answer research questions in population health
  • Effectively communicate statistical methods and research results orally and in writing across the spectrum of population health professionals
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the ethics of scientific research on human subjects

Additional Information

For more information about this program, please contact:

DSPH Academic Advising Team
Office of Education

Degree Requirements

Required Courses
BST 555Introduction to Statistical Computing3.0
BST 560Intermediate Biostatistics I3.0
BST 561Design & Analysis of Clinical Trials3.0
BST 571Introduction to Biostatistics3.0
BST 620Intermediate Biostatistics II3.0
BST 699Data Analysis Project6.0
or EPI 699 Master of Science Epidemiology Project
EPI 560Intermediate Epidemiology3.0
EPI 570Introduction to Epidemiology3.0
EPI 803Proposal Writing Seminar3.0
PBHL 501Introduction to Public Health *0.0
RCRG 600An Introduction to the Responsible Conduct of Research0.0
Electives **15.0
Total Credits45.0

Foundational Public Health Learning Objectives: PBHL 501 is only required for students who do not have a degree from a CEPH accredited school.


Students choose from any BST, CHP, EOH, EPI, HMP, or PBHL course from the 500-999 level. Students can take additional 500-level or above electives across the university as long as they meet prerequisite and restriction requirements. Students can contact their faculty mentor to discuss elective options. Students can use elective credits to further focus their academic work by completing a graduate minor.

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
BST 5553.0EPI 5703.0BST 5603.0VACATION
BST 5713.0RCRG 6000.0BST 5613.0 
PBHL 501*0.0Electives6.0EPI 5603.0 
 9 9 9 0
Second Year
BST 699 or EPI 6993.0BST 6203.0  
EPI 8033.0BST 699 or EPI 6993.0  
 9 9  
Total Credits 45

PBHL 501 is only required for students who do not have a degree from a CEPH accredited school.

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