MS in Population Health Research: Climate and Health

The 34-credit program provides students with a fundamental grounding in understanding the health impacts of climate change, and emphasizes the development and application of quantitative research methods necessary to evaluate the benefits of climate mitigation and adaptation measures, including analytical methods for decisionmaking, statistical computing, geographical information systems (GIS), and large spatial data processing related to climate. Graduates of the program are prepared for research positions in academic settings, government, consulting firms, policy think tanks, or private industries. They are also well-positioned for doctoral education in climate and health, environmental health, and related fields.

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

  • CAS EE 512 Urban Climate (4 cr)*
  • SPH EH 720 Climate and Health (4 cr)
  • SPH EH 811 GIS for Public Health (4 cr)
  • SPH EH 851 Advanced GIS (4 cr) or EH 722 Climate Change and Health Equity (4 cr)
  • SPH EP 816 A Guided Epidemiologic Study (2 cr)
  • SPH PH 700 Foundations of Public Health (0 cr)
  • SPH PH 731 Analytic Methods and Management Strategies for Public Health Decision-Making (4 cr)
  • SPH PH 750 Essentials of Population Health Research (4 cr)
  • SPH PH 870 Research Skills Seminar (2 cr)
  • SPH PH 880 Research Dissemination Seminar (2 cr)
  • SPH PH 890 Mentored Research Experience (0 cr)
  • Elective course (2 cr)

*Students must apply for preapproved transfer credit.

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.