MS in Population and Health Sciences Courses

5 Terms | 42 Credits | 100% Online

The curriculum for both the Master of Science (MS) in Population and Health Sciences has been designed to be completed in 20 months. Students can expect to spend 15-20 hours per week on coursework, making it feasible for working professionals to earn these degrees. Students participate in only one or two courses at a time. 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 a week.

These sample course schedules show the overall sequence and timing of courses. Please be aware that variations in the course schedules below are possible due to faculty availability and program changes.

MS Core Courses

Course Title Credits Term
BIOSTAT501 Introduction To Biostatistics F
BIOSTAT591 Introduction To R 3 W
PUBHLTH511 Nutrition And Public Health 2 F
PUBHLTH512 Principles Of Epidemiology For Public Health 3
PUBHLTH514 Public Health Sciences And The Environment 2 W
PUBHLTH515 Population Health 3 W

MS Elective Courses

Students have the opportunity to enroll in elective courses that focus on personal and professional areas of interest. Students typically pursue two elective areas of interest.

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

Biostatistics I: Analyzing Health Data

Course Name credits Term
BIOSTAT592 Applied Regression 3 S
BIOSTAT593 Design for Health Studies 1 S
BIOSTAT594 Applied Generalized Linear Models 3 F
BIOSTAT595 Applied Longitudinal Analysis Using R 2 F

Environmental Health Sciences I: Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences

Course Name credits Term
EHS590 Exposure Science 3 S
EHS591 Toxicology and Health 3 S
EHS592 Occupational and Environmental  Disease 3 F
EHS593 Risk Assessment for Decision-Making 2 F

Epidemiology I: Epidemiological Methods Applied Epidemiology

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

Epidemiology I: Precision Health

Course Name credits Term
EPID Introduction to Precision Health 3 S
EPID Genomics in Precision Health 3 S
EPID Precision Population Health 2 F
EPID Epigenomics in Precision Health 3 F

Nutritional Sciences I: Maternal and Child Nutrition

Course Name credits Term
NUTR590 Epigenetics and the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease 2 S
NUTR591 Foundations of Maternal and Child Nutrition I 3 S
NUTR592 Foundations of Maternal and Child Nutrition II 3 F
NUTR593 Food Security, Policy, and Programs 3 F

Environmental Health Sciences II: Environmental Health and Sustainability

Course Number Name credits Term
EHS672 Healthy and Sustainable Food and Products - Life Cycle Assessment 3 F
EHS595 Urban and Global Environments and Health 2 W
EHS596 Water for Health 2 W
EHS597 Climate Change and Health 2 W
EHS598 Environmental Health Management and Policy 2 W

Epidemiology II: Spatial Epidemiology and Modeling

Course Number Name credits Term
EPID 592 Introduction to Spatial Epidemiology and GIS for Public Health 4 F
EPID 593 Introduction to R (Epidemiology) 2 W
EPID 594 Key Concepts in Spatial Analysis 2 W
EPID 595 Applied Spatial Modeling  3 W

Nutritional Sciences II: Precision Nutrition

Course Number Name credits Term
NUTR594 Molecular Nutrition 3 F
NUTR595 Nutrition and Genetic Epidemiology 3 W
NUTR596 The Omics Era and Personalized Nutrition 2 W
NUTR597 Approaches to Precision Nutrition 3 W

Capstone Courses

The Master of Science Practical Research Project

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

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.