MS - Population Health Science

Main Content

Plan of Study

 General Track

Year 1 - Fall
PHS 700Essentials of Population Health Science3
PHS 702Statistical Methods in Research3
PHS 703Epidemiology I3
PHS 750Population Health Research Methods I3
Total12
Year 1 - Spring 
PHS 704Epidemiology II3
PHS 742Multivariate Regression3
PHS 717Principles of Classic, Modern, and Emerging Health Behavior Theory3
Total9
Year 2 - Summer
PHS 715Health Disparities Seminar3
PHS 744Bioethics and Society1
Total4
Year 2 - Fall
PHS 714U.S. Healthcare Organizations and Delivery3
PHS 796*Thesis and Thesis Research6+
Total9+
Year 2 - Spring
PHS 712Science Communication and Dissemination I3
PHS 731Social Determinants of Health3
Elective**Elective3+
Total9+
*Thesis and Thesis Research can be taken in year 2 fall or year 2 spring

**Electives can be taken at any time in the second year. Students are required to take a minimum of 3 elective hours from the following courses:

  • PHS 711 - Healthcare Quality and Safety (3 credit hours)
  • PHS 713 - Implementation Science (3 credit hours)
  • PHS 716 - Designing Interventions to Change Organizational Behavior (3 credit hours)
  • PHS 730 - Health Promotion, Disease Prevention, and Care Management (3 credit hours)
  • PHS 732 - Global Health: Disparities, Determinants, Policies, and Outcomes (3 credit hours)
  • PHS 743 - Program Evaluation for Population-Level Interventions (3 credit hours)
  • PHS 746 - Systematic Review and Meta-analysis (3 credit hours)
  • PHS 747 - Qualitative Methods and Analysis (3 credit hours)
  • PHS 752 - Designing and Conducting Health Surveys (3 credit hours)
  • Any other elective course as may be approved by the Department of Population Health Science.

Preventive Medicine Track

Year 1 - Fall
PHS 703Epidemiology I3
PHS 702Statistical Methods in Research3
PHS 700Essentials of Population Health3
Total9
Year 1 - Spring 
PHS 742Multivariate Regression3
Elective**Elective3
PHS 717Principles of Classic, Modern, and Emerging Health Behavior Theory3
Total9
Year 2 - Summer
PHS 744Bioethics and Society1
Total1
Year 2 - Fall
PHS 714U.S. Healthcare Organizations and Delivery3
Elective**Elective3
PHS 796*Thesis and Thesis Research6+
Total12+
Year 2 - Spring
PM 797*Preventive Medicine Practicum6
Elective**Elective6
Total12+
*Thesis and Thesis Research and Preventive Medicine Practicum can be registered at any time during the second year of the program.

**Electives courses can be taken in any sequence:

  • PHS 704 - Epidemiology II (3 credit hours)
  • PHS 731 - Social Determinants of Health (3 credit hours)
  • PM 725 - Environmental Health (3 credit hours), and
  • One of the following courses:
    • PHS 709 - Population Health Management (3 credit hours)
    • PHS 711 - Healthcare Quality and Safety (3 credit hours)
    • PHS 713 - Implementation Science (3 credit hours)
    • PHS 716 - Designing Interventions to Change Organizational Behavior (3 credit hours)
    • PHS 730 - Health Promotion, Disease Prevention, and Care Management (3 credit hours)
    • PHS 732 - Global Health: Disparities, Determinants, Policies, and Outcomes (3 credit hours)
    • PHS 740 - Writing and Reviewing Scientific Papers (2 credit hours)
    • PHS 743 - Program Evaluation for Population-Level Interventions (3 credit hours)
    • PHS 746 - Systematic Review and Meta-analysis (3 credit hours)
    • PHS 747 - Qualitative Methods and Analysis (3 credit hours)
    • PHS 752 - Designing and Conducting Health Surveys (3 credit hours)
    • Any other elective course as may be approved by the Department of Population Health Science.