Master of Science in Public Health Sciences

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Biostatistics:Admissions

The Master of Science (MS) in Public Health Sciences with a concentration in Biostatistics (36 credit hours) is designed to train students in foundations of statistical theory as well as applications of statistical methods for use in public health, medicine, or other health related fields.  The program focuses on the skills for data management, statistical analysis, interpretation of analytical results, presentation of the findings, and scientific communication.  In addition to the fundamental courses in biostatistics, students in this program will take coursework in three areas currently in high demand in biostatistics: Bayesian data analysis, statistical genetics, and clinical trials.  After completion of the program, there will be excellent career opportunities for those wishing to pursue positions in local, state, and federal health agencies, health and medical centers, health care and clinical research institutions, the pharmaceutical industry, and consulting. In addition to the general MS admissions requirements, applicants to this program are expected to have a solid background in univariate calculus, multivariate calculus, and linear algebra. 

 

Epidemiology:child_image_SPH

The Master of Science (MS) concentration in Epidemiology (36 credit hours) is designed for students who wish to pursue research careers in public health or other health related fields.  By the end of the program, students will have a foundational understanding of epidemiologic methods, causal theories and causal inference, applications of biostatistics, the design and conduct of epidemiologic studies, and the ability to communicate scientific information to lay and professional audiences.  As the culminating experience of the program, students will work closely with faculty to address complex public health issues and make contributions to the research literature by writing a publishable paper that meets the current standards for publication in refereed journals.  Graduates of the program are likely to assume research-oriented positions such as research administrators, program managers, analysts, and evaluators in academia, health departments, governmental agencies, and private sectors.  The program also provides excellent preparation for students wishing to pursue a doctoral degree in epidemiology. 

 

Health Behavior Research:child_image_SPH

The Master of Science (MS) concentration in Health Behavior Research (36 credit hours) is designed for students who wish to pursue research careers in public health or other health related fields. By the end of the program, students will have a foundational understanding of multi-level health behavior theory, data analysis, quantitative and qualitative research methods, community needs assessment, program planning and evaluation, and the ability to communicate scientific information to lay and professional audiences. As the culminating experience of the program, students will write a discovery-based paper that meets current standards for publication in refereed journals. Graduates of the program will be prepared to apply to doctoral degree programs in health behavior research or to pursue research staff positions in health and medical centers, public health departments, governmental agencies, and the private sector.
Students in the M.S. degree program in Public Health Sciences are admitted in Fall Semesters as a cohort.

Full-time enrollment is required and students are expected to graduate in five consecutive semesters. Students follow a weekly calendar of curricular and co-curricular activity that occupies 8-hour blocks of time, Monday through Friday. Students are strongly discouraged from holding employment when courses are in session.

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