MS in Health Systems and Population Health


The Master of Science program in Health Systems and Population Health offers training in the research methods of health services. The program emphasizes coursework in biostatistics, epidemiology, and the special methods of health services research (outcomes assessment, cost effectiveness research, quality of life management, program evaluation and community assessment) and requires a research-based master's thesis. The degree is designed for physicians and other health professionals who wish to obtain advanced research training in health services but do not aspire to a professional public health degree (the MPH) and for bachelor's-trained individuals who seek to pursue a masters-level research career.


Priority is given to applicants with clearly-defined training interests that align well with the strengths of the program, particularly those who already have had two or more years of relevant work experience. 

Application Deadline:  December 1


Upon satisfactory completion of the MS in Health Services, graduates will be able to:

  • Meet the generic SPH learning objectives for the MS degree;
  • Describe the current structure of the health services systems in the U.S. and the world and the trends and major issues confronting those systems;
  • Develop a meaningful hypothesis regarding selected elements of the health care system and design a study which is feasible and which would test that hypothesis;
  • Apply classical univariate and multivariate statistical techniques to the analysis of health services studies;
  • Access and manipulate large secondary data sets for the purpose of descriptive data presentation and research; and
  • Write a clear description of the rationale, methods, results and interpretation of a health services research investigation.