The MS in Population Health Sciences is for current or recent undergraduates looking to build quantitative expertise plus current professionals—including clinicians—who want to develop their research skills. Prospective students can have a strong interest in the social sciences, analytics, or health care, given the multidisciplinary nature of the field.
What is the difference between an MPH and the MS in Population Health Sciences?
A Master of Public Health (MPH) typically focuses on the practice of public health. The MS in Population Health Sciences combines health knowledge with advanced research and evaluation techniques. We developed the data-driven MS curriculum in response to organizations describing their need for “subject matter experts with analytic skills”.
What kind of careers will the MS in Population Health Sciences prepare you for?
The MS in Population Health Sciences prepares graduates for careers in community settings, health care systems, or industry. Sample jobs could be:
- Program management in community nonprofits
- Policy evaluation in government agencies
- Quality improvement in health care systems
- Project development in health industry
Graduates will also be prepared for careers in academic or contract research, with positions in research coordination or project management.
What are the backgrounds of current students?
Our current student’s backgrounds and career goals reflect the transdisciplinarity of population health. Their undergraduate majors include sciences, such as biology and psychology, languages, philosophy, statistics, and music. Some are clinicians—pharmacists or physicians, while others have worked in public health or research. Most have worked after completing their bachelor’s degree, though some started the program immediately following graduation. The common factor among them is a desire to improve the health of populations.