MS in Population and Health Sciences Courses

Master of Science Degree

The Master of Science degree in Population and Health Sciences is not currently being offered. Interested learners may consider exploring the online Master of Public Health degree in Population and Health Sciences.

The Population and Health Sciences Master of Science (MS) program entails a minimum 42 credit hours. The MS program consists of core classes, a course in the concentration of Population and Health Sciences, electives, and a cumulative research project. Students can complete the program in five semesters.

Master of Science Courses

The curriculum for the Master of Science (MS) in Population and Health Sciences has been designed to be completed in 2 years. Students can expect to spend 15-20 hours per week on coursework, making it feasible for working professionals to earn this degree.  View all courses in the MS curriculum below:

The school year is broken into three terms: fall, winter, and spring/summer. Each course will include both synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities, with most live sessions scheduled on a weekday at 7pm ET and typically occurring once per week.

Students may reference the Course Schedule document below which includes the courses and course timing across both years of the degree program. Please be aware that variations in the course offerings are possible due to faculty availability and program changes.

MS Core Courses

Students typically take all core classes in the first year of the program. This will introduce each subject offered in the elective series, and help students prepare for deeper study and to choose electives in their area(s) of interest.

Course Title Credits
BIOSTAT 521 Applied Biostatistics
PUBHLTH 511 Nutrition And Public Health 2
PUBHLTH 512 Principles Of Epidemiology For Public Health 3
EPID 674 Epidemiologic Data Analysis Using R 3
PUBHLTH 514 Public Health Sciences And The Environment 2
PUBHLTH 515 Population Health 3

MS Elective Courses

Students have the opportunity to enroll in elective courses that focus on personal and professional areas of interest. Students begin electives in their second year, and typically pursue at least two complete series, either in the same subject or a mix. 

Variations in the following schedule are possible based on faculty availability and program changes.

Biostatistics I: Analyzing Health Data

Course Name Credits
BIOSTAT 591 Introduction to R (Biostats) 2
BIOSTAT 592 Applied Regression 3
BIOSTAT 593 Design for Health Studies 1
BIOSTAT 594 Applied Generalized Linear Models 3
BIOSTAT 595 Applied Longitudinal Analysis Using R 2

Environmental Health Sciences I: Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences

Course Name credits
EHS 601 Exposure Science and Health 3
EHS 591 Environmental Toxicology in Communities 3
EHS 592 Infectious Disease and Emergency Response in Communities 3
EHS 593 Risk Assessment for Decision-Making 2

Epidemiology I: Epidemiological Methods Applied Epidemiology

Course Name credits
EPID 590 Epidemiological Methods  3
EPID 591 Social Epidemiology: From Frameworks to Policy 3
EPID 602 Applied Epidemiologic Data Analysis 4
EPID 643 Surveillance and Publicly Available Datasets 1

Nutritional Sciences I: Maternal and Child Nutrition

Course Name credits
NUTR 590 Epigenetics and the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease 2
NUTR 591 Foundations of Maternal and Child Nutrition I 3
NUTR 592 Foundations of Maternal and Child Nutrition II 3
NUTR 593 Food Security, Policy, and Programs 3

Environmental Health Sciences II: Environmental Health and Sustainability

Course Number Name credits
EHS 672 Healthy and Sustainable Food and Products - Life Cycle Assessment 3
EHS 594 Global Environments and Health 2
EHS 570 Water Quality Management 2
EHS 596 Climate, Justice, Health & Sustainability 2
EHS 597 Environmental Health and Policy 2

Epidemiology II: Spatial Epidemiology and Modeling

Course Number Name credits
EPID 592 Introduction to Spatial Epidemiology and GIS for Public Health 4
EPID 594 Key Concepts in Spatial Analysis 2
EPID 595 Applied Spatial Modeling  3

Nutritional Sciences II: Precision Nutrition

Course Number Name credits
NUTR 594 Molecular Nutrition 3
NUTR 595 Nutrition and Genetic Epidemiology 3
NUTR 596 Precision Nutrition within a Lifecourse Epidemiological Framework 3
NUTR 597 Precision Nutrition: Translating the Science to Practice 2

Capstone Courses

The Master of Science Practical Research Project

Course Number Name Credits
PUBHLTH 682 Master’s Research Project I 2
PUBHLTH 683 Master’s Research Project II 2

The MS program curriculum culminates in a comprehensive research project. The goal of this project is for students to conduct research and communicate the results in written and oral formats that reflect the public health field’s research publication and presentation standards. Throughout the year-long process, faculty will lead students through the different phases of their research. Each component will be submitted and evaluated throughout the process. The final research product will be submitted in a research publication format abiding by a selected journal’s format.

Students will also be assigned a faculty research mentor to guide them through their research and review their progress throughout the two courses. The research project courses, PUBHLTH 682 and 683, will include two 90-minute Zoom sessions per week. Zoom class sessions will be used for instruction, the review of Responsible Conduct of Research topics, student presentations of current progress, faculty feedback, guest speakers, peer feedback, invited faculty review panels, etc. Students will connect with a variety of our public health faculty as they participate in these courses as guest reviewers, guest speakers, or content consultants. 


As of April 2022, the online Master of Science degree program will not be accepting applications.