MS in Population Health Research

The 34-credit program provides students with a fundamental grounding in both the theory and practice of public health research, emphasizing the development and application of qualitative and quantitative research methods with specific skills and training in hypothesis development; data collection and management skills; statistical computing techniques and appropriate interpretation and presentation of results.

Graduates of the program are prepared for research positions in academic settings, government, hospitals, or private industries. They are also well-positioned for doctoral education in related fields and disciplines.

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate research reports and publications,
  • Design data collection and management plans,
  • Analyze and synthesize research findings to inform evidence-based policies or recommendations,
  • Develop a scientific hypothesis and design a research study to test the hypothesis, and
  • Communicate research results in technical and non-technical terms to potential stakeholders.

Course Requirements

  • PH 700 Foundations of Public Health (0 cr)
  • PH 750 Essentials of Population Health Research (4 cr)
  • PH 760 Accelerated Training in Statistical Computing (2 cr)
  • BS 723 Introduction to Statistical Computing (4 cr) or BS 730 Introduction to R (4 cr)
  • EP 714 Introduction to Epidemiology (4 cr)
  • BS 835 Intermediate Applied Statistical Methods for Public Health Research (4 cr) or BS 805 Intermediate Statistical Computing and Applied Regression Analysis (4 cr) or SB 818 Qualitative Research Methods (4 cr)
  • 12 credits in research methods coursework that can be used to define a focus area
  • PH 870 Research Skills Seminar (2 cr)
  • PH 880 Research Dissemination Seminar (2 cr)
  • PH 890 Mentored Research Experience (0 cr)

Mentored Research Experience

The 400-hour mentored research experience requirement gives students the opportunity to collaborate with a BUSPH faculty member or an approved partner.