MS - Population Health Science

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MS in Population Health Science

The Master of Science degree in Population Health Science will be a distance education program housed on the Jackson campus of UMMC. Courses will be offered on campus during the summer for one week and the remaining program curriculum will be completed using an electronic student learning platform via Canvas (online). Enrolled students will be able to complete the program in 24 months, completing a total of 51 credit hours. The target audiences are college graduates and professionals seeking an advanced degree. 

The primary objective of the program is to educate students to examine health outcomes, patterns of health determinants, and develop policies and interventions. Population health scientists and professionals seek to prevent and cure disease by keeping people healthy through a systemic and interdisciplinary approach to health and health care. Graduates of the SOPH will be expected to assume academic, administrative, and clinical roles in health care, population health, academia, and private industry. They will help shape the provision of health care, population health, and public health services in the state in the coming decades and thereby improve the health of Mississippians. The program will culminate in an original thesis focused on the factors that influence health and disease.

Program goals

Educate practicing clinicians to thrive in the rapidly changing health sector. Graduates of the program will be able to:

  • Analyze social structures and factors that influence health;
  • Develop approaches to improve health outcomes;
  • Develop effective practices that reduce health care costs.

The programmatic goal for the MS in Population Health Science is to train future population health scientists with the methodological expertise and breadth of methodological expertise to address the full range of factors that influence health and disease and to prepare clinicians to deliver population-oriented care. Specifically, graduates of the program will be able to analyze social structures and processes that influence health, develop approaches that seek to improve health outcomes and develop effective practices that reduce health care costs.