About Population Health Science
Population Health Science is the practice of generating scientific evidence that will improve population health locally, regionally, or globally. Population health scientists analyze the diverse factors that influence the health of human populations and think critically about how to develop effective and sustainable solutions.
What is a Master’s in Population Health Sciences?
The Master of Science in Population Health Sciences is a graduate program for students who already have a terminal degree (e.g., MD, PhD, DVD, as well as others). The program provides students with the foundation to develop and maintain an independent research program in clinical and population health sciences.
Why Pursue an MS in Population Health Sciences at Drexel Dornsife?
Unique benefits of the MS in Population Health Sciences program include:
- Extremely flexibility for students to customize learning to fit their research needs.
- Rigorous training in research methods, with a focus on applying these methods to the student's area of expertise.
- Study at Philadelphia's first fully-accredited school of public health and a center of excellence in urban health and policy-relevant research and training.
Core competencies that students will acquire throughout the program include:
- Understand clinical trials methodology, epidemiology and statistical methods
- Understand how these methods apply to the health of populations
- Understand how to apply for extramural funding
- Understand how to prepare manuscripts for publication in the scientific literature, and how to critically evaluate published population health research
- Be fully prepared to do population health research as a part of their career
- Learn to communicate effectively to other researchers in multidisciplinary teams
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The Dornsife School of Public Health seeks students with a terminal degree who wish to train to develop and maintain an independent program in clinical and population health sciences.
Admissions Requirements for the MS in Population Health Science Program
To be considered for the program, applicants must meet the following admissions criteria:
- A completed doctoral degree (e.g. MD, PhD, JD)
- Successful completion of undergraduate-level coursework in quantitative analytic methods (e.g. statistics, probability theory) or calculus with a B or better
- Evidence of desire to do research
Application Requirements for the MS in Population Health Science Program
To have your application reviewed, applicants must submit the following documents:
- Online application
- Official transcripts from every college-level institution you attended (academic records from institutions outside the U.S. must undergo a credentials evaluation)
- English proficiency test score (TOEFL or IELTS), if applicable
- Three letters of recommendation
- Resume or curriculum vitae
- Statement of Purpose and Objectives (personal statement)
Applications for the MS in Population Health Science program do not require the GRE.
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Master’s in Population Health Sciences Curriculum
The curriculum provide instruction in study design, data collection, statistical analysis, ethics and research integrity, protection of human subjects, and instruction in grant writing and preparation, with particular specialization in clinical research.
Introductory courses in population health research serve as the foundation of the program. Students develop a course of study that builds skills and knowledge in the following areas:
- Epidemiology and Biostatistics
- Survey Methodology
- Research Ethics
The MS in Populations Health Sciences program requires five quarters of structured coursework, consisting of required core courses, electives, and hands-on research opportunities in the Dornsife School of Public Health.
Core courses in the program include:
- BST 555 Introduction to Statistical Computing - 3 credits
- BST 561 Design & Analysis of Clinical Trials - 3 credits
- BST 571 Introduction to Biostatistics - 3 credits
- BST 560 Intermediate Biostatistics I - 3 credits
- EPI 570 Introduction to Epidemiology - 3 credits
The program allows for a substantive number of credits of electives.
Completion of the MS in Populations Health Sciences requires 45 quarter credit hours as prescribed by the program's curriculum; a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0; completing a research project; and presenting the research both orally and in writing.
Master’s Research Project
Working with a faculty advisor, students complete either a Data Analysis Project or a Master of Science Epidemiology Project.
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Career Options with a Master’s in Population Health Sciences
A Master's in Population Health Sciences is ideal for those who want to build a successful career in clinical research.
Students graduate with the training necessary to pursue unique career paths and advancement opportunities, including:
- University Professor
- Research Scientist
- Clinical Researcher
A Master's in Population Health Sciences provides a unique opportunity for a career focused on directing scientifically rigorous research that generates knowledge, which in turn can lead to improvement of the health and well-being of populations.
Master of Population Health Sciences Salary Range
While salary can range across industries, in May 2020 the median salary for medical scientists was $91,510, the median wage for physicians was $208,000, and the median wage for epidemiologists was $74,560 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Enhance your career and further your interests in research with a Master of Science in Population Health Sciences. Start your application today.
Paying for Your Public Health Degree
Historically, more than 92 percent of full-time masters students receive some type of scholarship funding.
The Dornsife School of Public Health makes every effort to ensure that students receive as much financial assistance as possible through merit-based scholarships, grants and student loans.
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