Master of Science 42.5-Credit


The Master of Science (SM) degree program provides the essential skills and depth of knowledge needed to have a high-impact career in academia, industry, or policy analysis. Offered in several different lengths and areas of specialization (42.5-credit, 60-credit, and 80-credit), applicants are able to identify the program that best suits their unique educational goals, level of professional experience, and prior education. 

The Master of Science 42.5-credit program (SM-42.5) is designed for established professionals with master’s or doctoral degrees who are dedicated to improving the health of people everywhere through quantitative research. SM-42.5 students learn to critically evaluate scientific literature and apply scientific knowledge in real-world settings. 


  • Abbreviation: SM-42.5 
  • Degree format: On campus 
  • Time commitment: Full-time or part-time 
  • Average program length: One year full-time
  • Start term 
    • Epidemiology (Clinical Epidemiology and summer-only program): Summer 
    • Health Policy and Management, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Biostatistics, Epidemiology (Cancer Epidemiology and Cancer Prevention; Cardiovascular Epidemiology; Clinical Epidemiology; Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology; Epidemiologic Methods; Epidemiology of Aging; Genetic Epidemiology and Statistical Genetics; Infectious Disease Epidemiology; Neuro-Psychiatric Epidemiology; Nutritional Epidemiology; Pharmacoepidemiology; Reproductive, Perinatal, and Pediatric Epidemiology): Fall 

Admission information

Eligibility requirements

The Master of Science 42.5-credit (SM-42.5) program is targeted towards significantly established research professionals. For most fields, applicants are required to have a doctoral degree and relevant work experience—contact admissions or the department for more detailed information.  

Application requirements

All applications must be submitted through SOPHAS – the centralized application for schools and programs of public health. In addition to the application, applicants must submit:

  • Statement of purpose and objectives
  • Official test scores
    • Biostatistics (optional but recommended) 
    • Other fields (optional)
  • Three letters of reference
  • Resumé/curriculum vitae
  • Post-secondary transcripts or mark sheets (World Education Services credential evaluation for applicants with degrees from outside of the United States.)
  • English language proficiency (TOEFL/IELTS), if applicable

Learn more about the application process.

Application deadline