MS in Population Health Research: Translation and Implementation Science

The 34-credit program provides students with a fundamental grounding in issues related to translating research into practice in order to improve population health. The specialization emphasizes skills in implementation science research, implementation science theory, organizational change theory, community-engaged research, and qualitative and quantitative research methods. A major focus is on how interventions designed to improve health can be translated into real-world practice settings.

Graduates of the program are prepared for research positions in academic settings, consulting firms, government, hospitals, or private industry. They are also well-positioned for doctoral education.

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

  • SPH EP 722 Data Collection Methods for Epidemiology (2 cr) and Elective (2 cr) or SED RS 655 Mixed Methods Research (4 cr)*
  • SPH PH 700 Foundations of Public Health (0 cr)
  • SPH PH 750 Essentials of Population Health Research (4 cr)
  • SPH PH 760 Accelerated Training in Statistical Computing (2 cr)
  • SPH PH 844 Introduction to Qualitative Analysis (2 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)
  • SPH PM 817 Introduction to Organizational Theory (2 cr)
  • SPH PM 839 Implementation Science (4 cr)
  • SPH SB 820 Assessment and Planning for Health Promotion (4 cr)
  • SPH SB 821 Intervention Strategies for Health Promotion (4 cr) or PH 801 Community-Engaged Research (4 cr)
  • SPH SB 822 Quantitative Methods for Program Evaluation (4 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.