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MS and PhD Programs

Master of Science (MS)

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, the MS programs involve a research paper rather than an internship.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program is designed to prepare students for scholarly and professional positions and careers in academic institutions, public agencies, and industry. The objective of doctoral study is to develop each student's ability to conduct original, advanced research as an independent scientist. In keeping with this goal, each student is expected to guide his or her own research project, under the supervision of a faculty member, with a high level of effort and accomplishment, and thereby gain the capacity to be self-teaching and the ability to design and conduct research on important issues in the student's chosen field. The program typically entails four or more years of full-time study and research beyond the baccalaureate.

Requirements for completion of the degrees vary by department.  For discipline specific information,  visit the individual academic departments.

Biomedical Sciences

Environmental Health Sciences

Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Health Policy, Management and Behavior