The academic programs (MPH, MS and PhD) in the Department of Population Health Sciences are planning a joint Welcome Day for newly admitted students on Monday, March 18 in conjunction with the Philip M. Farrell Distinguished Alumni Lecture and the Department’s Annual Poster Session. This will be a chance for newly admitted MPH, MS and PhD students to visit campus, connect with faculty, staff and students, and more importantly, learn about the excellent public health research and practice experiences taking place at UW. We are excited to have the opportunity positively impact a student’s decision to choose the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
We will begin the day with a Welcome Day Roundtable Breakfast at the Pyle Center from 8:00-9:30 am on Monday, March 18 with registration beginning at 7:30. A full breakfast will be provided. For the day's agenda, please click here.
- If you are a dual degree student who will be in the program for one year, we strongly encourage you to enroll in the Field Experience Seminar this summer.
- Students are NOT permitted to register for more than one course per week to allow for study time outside of class.
Fall Courses. Many of you have already started to consider your course options for the fall semester. We would like to let you know about the courses you should choose from and how many credits you should plan on taking. The fall course grid will give you an idea of the schedule of MPH core courses as well as other classes offered in the Department. Please check the Schedule of Classes for detailed, up-to-date course information. Students with questions about their academic course load, plan for completion, choosing electives, and determining when their field experience project might best fit into their coursework, should contact the MPH Program Office.
POP HLTH 780, Public Health: Principles and Practice, 3 credits, Remington.
BMI 511, Introduction to Biostatistical Methods for Public Health, 3 credits, Fisher.
Students who have identified an interest in seeking advanced epidemiology and methods based courses should take BMI 551, Introduction to Biostatistics for Population Health (in place of BMI 511) as it serves as a prerequisite to Regression Methods.
POP HLTH 797,Introduction to Epidemiology, 3 credits, Skinner.
POP HLTH 781*, Introduction to Public Health, 1 credit, Various.
Introduction to Public Health seminar is a required course for all MPH students. Students may choose from one of three different course sections. Regardless of wheather you are entering as a full-time or part-time student, you must register for this 1 credit course at some point during yoru time in the MPH program. It is highly recommended that you take this seminar during your first semester in the program.
POP HLTH 794**, Biological Basis of Population Health, 2 credits, Olson.
Entering students who do NOT come from a biological sciences background are strongly encouraged to take POP HLTH 794, Biological Basis of Population Health, prior to graduation from the MPH program. Ideally students falling into this category will take POP HLTH 794 this fall. This course will fulfill MPH elective credit. If you have questions about whether or not you need to take POP HLTH 794, please take this self-test.
ELECTIVES***, Various titles/credits. Choose from the list of MPH approved electives.
Most students will delay fulfilling their elective credit requirements until their second year in the program. However, if there is an elective course which you feel strongly about taking this fall please let the MPH program office know as it may mean taking either Intro to Epidemiology or Intro to Biostatstical Methods for Public Health in the fall of your second year.
Full-time (8-12 credits). A student who is enrolled in the MPH program full-time will take between 8 – 12 credits for the fall and spring academic terms. Most full-time students will take all the required courses in the fall, omitting any elective courses in their first semester. Full-time students, who will be taking POP HLTH 794, Biological Basis of Population Health, will benefit from the material as it will prepare them for Intro to Epidemiology and thus may want to delay enrollment in Intro to Epidemiology until the fall semester of year two.
Students who are completing a dual degree program may qualify for a credit overload in the fall/spring academic terms. Due to the need to complete a specific number of credits in a limited amount of time, dual degree students may register for up to 14 credits with permission. Please consider your external commitments when making the decision to enroll in additional classes as the MPH curriculum is rigorous.
Part-time (1-7 credits). If you are attending on a part-time basis, you should make every attempt to enroll in POP HLTH 780 – Public Health: Principles and Practice, and POP HLTH 781 – Introduction to Public Health Seminar, this fall for a total of 4 credits. These courses provide an excellent overview and introduction to the field of public health, and will give you the opportunity to learn from public health practitioners. If you are unable to take these two fall classes, please let the MPH Program office know so that we can assist you in identifying courses that will meet your needs as a part-time student.
Mandatory orientation for MPH students will be held on Wednesday, August 28, 2013. Current students, alumni, program faculty and staff will be on hand to introduce you to our program and help you explore public health opportunities. Please mark this date on your calendars.
Population Health Sciences 551: Introduction to Biostatistics
Population Health Sciences 795: Principles of Population Health Sciences
Not required for Epidemiology Students.
Population Health Sciences 797: Introduction to Epidemiology
Population Health Sciences 794: Biological Basis of Population HealthPlease review the PHS 794 Biological Basis Self-Test and/or talk with your advisor to determine if you should take this course. You will want to enroll in this course if you do not have a background in a biological science. If you do not, this course will provide additional background to be successful in other Population Health courses.
Medical History and Bioethics 545: Ethical and Regulatory Issues in Clinical Investigation.You may want to consider enrolling in this fall course. If so, you will need to request permission from the course instructor (Norm Fost at email@example.com). Please indicate you are a Population Health student in your request. You will be required to take at least one credit of medical ethics in order to receive your degree. Courses that fulfill this requirement are offered in both the fall and spring.
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