Master of Science

The Master of Science (MS) program offers a broad perspective on political, psychological, and institutional issues with particular emphasis on analytic and quantitative skills. This "scientific" focus distinguishes the MS degree from the MPH degree, which is more general. Additionally, completion of the MS programs involves a research paper. Click on the following for more information.

Biomedical Sciences
Biostatistics
Environmental Health
Epidemiology
Health Policy, Management and Behavior


Biomedical Sciences

The Master of Science (MS) program offers a broad perspective on biomedical, clinical, and laboratory research with particular emphasis on analytic and quantitative skills. This "scientific research" focus distinguishes the MS degree from the MPH degree, which is more general. The program leading to the MS degree typically requires two years of full-time study, culminating in the completion of a masters thesis. (Degree requirements)

Basic Admission Criteria

  • Must hold a bachelors degree from a college or university of recognized standing
  • Grade point average of 3.00 or better
  • Submit GRE scores
  • Satisfactory records of achievement and scholarship
  • Combined total of at least 42 credits in biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics.
  • Minimum TOEFL score of 100 for international students


Biostatistics

Graduates completing the MS in Biostatistics will be prepared to serve as collaborators in public health projects, providing expert advice on the use of statistics in the analysis of public health data. Students will gain a strong foundation in the core areas of statistical science, develop skills in defining a problem and determining the variables that are relevant to solving a public health problem, understand the appropriate use of data, the integrity of data sets, and how data might be used in public health issues, and acquire specialized knowledge in two areas of statistical science. (Degree requirements)

Basic Admission Criteria

  • Must hold a bachelors degree from a college or university of recognized standing
  • Grade point average of 3.00 or better
  • Submit GRE or MCAT scores. Minimum GRE scores of 600/160 Verbal; 600/143 Quantitative; 5.0 Writing
  • Satisfactory records of achievement and scholarship
  • Concentration (undergraduate major) in the biological, physical, or social sciences, computer science, mathematics or statistics. *
  • Minimum TOEFL score of 98 for international students

*Students with concentrations in areas other than those listed may be admitted on the basis of relevant work experience and course work as a non-major in the recommended disciplines. At least one semester of college-level mathematics and biology is strongly advised. Students lacking preparation in the biological sciences will be required to take additional course work in this area. 


Environmental Health Sciences

The Master of Science program in Environmental Health Sciences is designed to develop advanced skills, critical thinking, and a sound understanding of the fundamentals in the disciplines of environmental chemistry, toxicology or environmental health, preparing students for technical and analytical careers in the environmental sciences, working in the public or private sectors. The program leading to the MS degree typically requires two years of full-time study, culminating in the completion of a masters thesis. (Degree requirements)

    Basic Admission Criteria

    • Must hold a bachelors degree from a college or university of recognized standing
    • Grade point average of 3.00 or better
    • Submit GRE scores
    • Satisfactory records of achievement and scholarship
    • Combined total of at least 42 credits in biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics.
    • Minimum TOEFL score of 100 for international students


    Epidemiology

    Graduates completing the MS in Epidemiology will understand the design, application and interpretation of epidemiological studies of public health problems in the community. Students will become familiar with the range of epidemiologic practices, including surveillance, etiologic investigation, and the evaluation of preventive interventions.

    They will be able to define, compute and interpret fundamental epidemiologic measures, explain the principles, strengths and weaknesses of epidemiologic study designs, know how to apply the fundamental techniques for selection of study populations, have experience with techniques for collecting data and evaluating the quality of data, demonstrate basic skills for managing computer-based data, and demonstrate the ability to interpret and present the results of epidemiological research. (Degree requirements)

    Basic Admission Criteria

    • Must hold a bachelors degree from a college or university of recognized standing
    • Grade point average of 3.00 or better
    • Submit GRE or MCAT scores. Minimum GRE scores of 600/160 Verbal; 600/143 Quantitative; 5.0 Writing
    • Satisfactory records of achievement and scholarship
    • Concentration (undergraduate major) in the biological, physical, or social sciences, computer science, mathematics or statistics. *
    • Minimum TOEFL score of 98 for international students

    *Students with concentrations in areas other than those listed may be admitted on the basis of relevant work experience and course work as a non-major in the recommended disciplines. At least one semester of college-level mathematics and biology is strongly advised. Students lacking preparation in the biological sciences will be required to take additional course work in this area. 


    Health Policy, Management and Behavior

    Graduates completing the MS Health Policy and Management will be prepared to manage public health programs. They will learn to articulate alternative models of management/organizational functioning, learn how these might bear on defining and resolving problems, and understand the uses of organizational research methods in existing organizations. Graduates will be able to utilize communication as a tool for developing participation and motivation among organizational members, as well as performing such core leadership tasks as directing, mentoring, facilitating and brokering. They will be able to state options for change and their supporting theoretical rationale identify barriers to change, and develop mechanisms for monitoring and evaluating programs for their effectiveness and quality. (Degree requirements)

    Basic Admission Criteria 

    Admissions to this program have been suspended effective March 2011.

    • Must hold a bachelors degree from a college or university of recognized standing
    • Grade point average of 3.00 or better
    • Submit GRE scores
    • Satisfactory records of achievement and scholarship
    • At least one semester of college-level mathematics (algebra or statistics) with a grade of B or better
    • Minimum TOEFL score of 98 for international students


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