Master of Science Program Requirements

Students enrolled in Population and Health Sciences master's programs complete 42 credit hours. The program consists of core classes, a course in the concentration of population and health sciences, electives, and a cumulative research project and paper. Students can complete the program in five semesters.  Learn more about the core curriculum and elective options.

Master of Science Degree

Students in this program will complete core courses comprising a total of 20 credit hours (16 didactic credits and 4 research credits) and choose from eight elective series options. The MS program emphasizes quantitative skills by offering advanced courses in biostatistics and epidemiology, as well as an elective series with a focus on precision health.

MS Core Courses (16 credits)

MS Research Project (4 credits):

To provide students with first-hand research experience, the MS program requires students to enroll in two research courses (2 cr Fall + 2 cr Winter) during their second year of study. These courses will run the entire length of the Fall and Winter semesters (~8 months) to afford students the necessary time to build their research skills, scientific writing/presentation skills, and receive constructive instructor feedback. 

The goal is for students to conduct research and communicate the results in written and oral forms that reflect the public health field’s research publication and presentation formats. Throughout the year-long process, the faculty will lead students through the different phases – a) literature review, b) creation of a research analysis plan, c) a description of research methodologies employed, d) analysis, presentation and interpretation of data, e) a comparison of findings to existing literature, and f) discussion of the implications of the research findings.

Population and Health Sciences Elective Series (MS)

Elective Series (22 credits)

Over 30 elective courses are available for MS students to choose from, all of which can be taken in conjunction with related courses within the elective series offered to provide expertise in specific areas of interest. Students will typically choose 2 elective series paths during their degree program. Each elective series will consist of 4-5 courses representing beginner, intermediate, and advanced course sequences. See full list of currently offered elective courses for the Master of Science degree.