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MS & PhD Degree Programs in Population Health

Our research-oriented graduate degree programs are designed to provide rigorous, interdisciplinary training to develop students' abilities to synthesize knowledge and skills needed to address health related problems. The Department of Population Health Sciences is the home of world-class research programs that seek to understand health, diseases, and their determinants across the lifespan; test interventions to improve health; and develop methodological approaches for population health research.

The interdisciplinary approach of our graduate program prepares our students to be leaders in their professions by instilling strong methodological research skills together with understanding of basic biological, epidemiological, social and behavioral, and health services constructs in the context of a population-based focus. Through coursework and research collaboration, we seek to train students to employ rigorous scientific and analytic methods to reduce the burden of morbidity and early mortality, to identify the most effective ways to prevent and treat diseases and disorders, and to promote population health.

Requirements MS in Population Health PhD in Population Health
Total Credits Required 33 credits 51 credits
Core Courses
(9-12 credits)
PHS: 794*, 795, 796, 797, 798 PHS: 794*, 795, 796, 797, 798
Statistics
(7-10 Credits)
PHS: 451, 551, 552 PHS: 451, 551, 552, 651
Responsible Conduct of Research
(1 to 3 credits)
Examples: Med HIST 545, 728, 734, NURSING 802, etc. Examples: Med HIST 545, 728, 734, NURSING 802, etc.
PhD Minor
(9 credits)
N/A Course selection varies (Link)
Seminar PHS: 820 (1 credit)
1 credit required
PHS: 820 (1 credit)
2 total credits required
Research Credit PHS: 990 Thesis Research
Maximum of 5 credits can be applied to degree requirements
PHS: 990 Dissertation Research
Maximum of 11 credits can be applied to degree requirements
Independent Study PHS: 699 credit varies
Maximum of 3 credits can be applied to degree requirements
PHS: 699 credit varies
Maximum of 6 credits can be applied to degree requirements
Elective/Other Courses 15 credits (can include 699 or 990 courses) 26 credits (can include 699 or 990 courses)
Other Requirements Thesis Passing the qualifying exam Prelim., Dissertation
  • Students are expected to attend and to participate in the Monday and Wednesday Departmental and Graduate Seminars each semester.
  • All students are expected to enroll (for credit) in Seminar 820 during the semester in which they will present their research.

Course Titles:

PHS 451 Introduction to SAS Programming for Population Health (1 cr) Fall [syllabus]

PHS 551 Introduction to Biostatistics for Population Health (3 cr) Fall [syllabus]

PHS 552 Regression Methods for Population Health I (3 cr) Spring [syllabus]

PHS 651 Advanced Regression Methods for Population Health (3 cr) Fall [syllabus]

PHS 794 *Biological Basis of Population Health (2 cr) Fall [syllabus]
[required for students without a bio-medical science background, self-test]

PHS 795 Principles of Population Health Science (3 cr) Fall [syllabus]

PHS 796 Introduction to Health Services Research (3 cr) Spring [syllabus]

PHS 797 Introduction to Epidemiology, (3 cr), Fall [syllabus]

PHS 798 Epidemiologic Methods, (3 cr), Spring [syllabus]

MHS 545 Ethical and Regulatory Issues in Clinical Investigation (1 cr) Fall [syllabus]

MHS 734 Graduate Studies in Medical Ethics (1 cr) Taught periodically in Spring [syllabus]

MHS 728 Bioethics and Society (3cr) Spring [syllabus]

NRS 802 Ethics and Responsible Conduct of Research (1 cr) Spring [syllabus]

PHS 820 Graduate Research Seminar (1 cr) Fall and Spring [syllabus]