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Population, Family and Reproductive Health

Master of Health Science

The academic Master of Health Science (MHS) program allows students to select from the five areas of interest 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 one to two years of public health experience (two years preferred) to inform their area of research inquiry prior to entry into the program.

Details regarding the areas of interest can be found in the student handbook. The Department's current areas of interest in the MHS program include:

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. In addition to coursework, students are required to complete an original essay of publishable quality based on secondary data analysis. (See Essay Titles)

Graduates combine prior experience and educational training to pursue careers in policy, research, and advocacy in government, nongovernmental organizations, and academic institutions. (See link for Employment Placements)