Master of Health Science
The academic Masters of Health Science (MHS) program currently allows students to select from the five focal areas listed below. This full-time, one-year program is designed for those with a desire to enhance their research skills in public health and includes both methods and content courses. Students choose one of four methodological approaches: demography; behavioral and social sciences; epidemiology; or health services research and evaluation. The one year curriculum is intended for students with two or more years of public health or related experience to inform their area of research inquiry prior to entry into the program. The MHS in Population, Family and Reproductive Health require that student have a doctoral degree (e.g. MD, PhD, JD). The MHS in Demography does not require students to have a doctoral degree.
Details regarding the focal areas can be found in the degree handbook. The department's current focal area's in the MHS program include:
- Adolescent Health
- Child Health
- Maternal, Fetal, and Perinatal Health
- Sexual and Reproductive Health
- Women's Health
Students in the MHS program are also required to complete a specialized set of research methods courses. Students may choose among behavioral and social science, epidemiology, and health services research and evaluation. Part-time options for working professionals are available for these degree programs.
The Demography track in the MHS program includes a set of core departmental courses that provide a common theoretical foundation for the work of the entire department. These courses include biological/developmental; demographic; and social science foundations. MHS in Demography students in Population, Family and Reproductive Health will also complete a set of specialized courses in demographic theories and quantitative demographic analysis. In addition to coursework, students are required to complete an original essay of publishable quality based on secondary data analysis.
Graduates combine prior experience and educational training to pursue careers in policy, research, and advocacy in government, nongovernmental organizations, and academic institutions.