MS in Population Health Research: Global Health

This 34-credit program is designed to provide a practical and versatile tool kit of analytic skills relevant in the field of Global Health research. Global Health research is often multidisciplinary and successful work in this area requires a broad understanding of the processes by which policy initiatives are developed.

Accordingly, the training provides graduate students with capacity in epidemiology, biostatistics, health finance and economics, qualitative research and statistical programming. Students will receive close one-to-one mentorship and/or team-based mentoring on an original and publishable scientific project. The program prepares students for careers in domestic or international research organizations, NGOs, universities, foundations and private industry, while also generating future doctoral candidates seeking to pursue DsC, PhD, DrPH, and other advanced degrees.

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)
  • BS 805 Intermediate Statistical Computing and Applied Regression Analysis (4 cr) or GH 811 Applied Research Methods in Global Health (4 cr)
  • SB 818 Qualitative Research Methods (4 cr)
  • GH 762 Essentials of Economics and Finance for Global Health (4 cr)
  • 8 credits from the following:
    • GH 815 Methods for Impact evaluation (4 cr)
    • PM 822 Advanced Health Services Research Methods (4 cr)
    • PM 839 Implementation Science (4 cr)
    • BS 750 Essential of Quantitative Data Management (2 cr)
    • GH 854 Data to Dashboards (2 cr)
  • 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.