University of Wisconsin–Madison

MS & PhD Degree Programs in Population Health

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: 795, 796, 797, 798 PHS: 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)
BMI 826-008, HST SCI 545, NUR 802, VET SCI/SURGERY 812, OBGYN 955, OBGYN 956 BMI 826-008, HST SCI 545, NUR 802, VET SCI/SURGERY 812, OBGYN 955, OBGYN 956
PhD Minor
(9 credits)
N/A Course selection varies
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
Concentration Areas/Electives Credits as necessary to enhance training Credits as necessary to enhance training
Other Requirements Thesis Passing the Qualifier Exams, 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 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

NRS 802 Ethics and Responsible Conduct of Research (1 cr) Spring Syllabus

PHS 820 Graduate Research Seminar (1 cr) Fall and Spring Syllabus