The Master of Science (M.S.) degree program in Public Health (PH) is designed with an emphasis on mastering skills in Biostatistics, Chronic Disease Epidemiology or Health Informatics. The M.S. track for Chronic Disease Epidemiology may be completed in one year as a full-time student. The M.S. track for Biostatistics is a two year program full-time. Students may be admitted to either program on a part-time basis. Part-time students must complete all degree requirements within five years of matriculation. The M.S. in Health informatics is a two-year program and all admitted students must be full-time.
Clinical and translational research today requires an understanding of concepts in study design and analysis, which can be met via rigorous training in the core methods of epidemiology and biostatistics. Epidemiologic training in study design, population sampling, methods to reduce bias, systematic literature reviews and meta-analyses are increasingly valued in many job sectors. Biostatisticians’ technical skills in data analysis are valued in managed care organizations, medical research, and the pharmaceutical industry. Health Informatics students will receive well-rounded training studying information sciences, data science and more broadly health policy, social and behavioral science, biostatistics and epidemiology. Students will learn to develop the tools and methods needed for processing, accessing and analyzing data.
The M.S. in PH is offered through the department’s affiliation with the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. The departmental Graduate Studies Executive Committee and the director of graduate studies (DGS) are responsible for overseeing the progress of M.S. students.