Master of Science

Mission Statement: The mission of this degree program is to prepare the next generation of leaders for health and population policy, research and practice around the world in order to advance global health and reduce the burden of disease, especially in the world’s most vulnerable populations.

The program’s graduates contribute to the improvement of global health and the resolution of population problems.  Graduates have the analytical and technical skills to address health and population problems at home and abroad from a range of disciplinary perspectives. They build a set of advanced competencies covering conceptual approaches, theory and practical applications, problem solving and analysis, as well as a wide range of quantitative and qualitative methods. Graduates pursue a range of careers in leadership and engagement with global health issues in national and international government agencies, NGOs and the private sector, as well as applied research, policy analysis, and health education.

The overall objectives of the two-year Master of Science degree program are:

  • to provide training in public health to qualified health professionals and to other individuals whose prior training and experience prepares them to play a leadership role in public health
  • to adapt SM2 training to the diverse backgrounds and anticipated future careers of students
  • to award the SM2 degree to individuals who have acquired a particular depth of knowledge in public health sciences and who have demonstrated the following capacities to: understand the distribution of major determinants of health in populations relevant to the candidate’s anticipated career course, effectively contribute to the management of health services, analyze risks and devise strategies for a healthier environment, a safer workplace, and fewer injuries, identify ways in which changes in behavior and social structures may affect the health of populations
  • to lead students to achieve these capacities in a setting that demands that they query, learn, persuade, and communicate in active interchange with their peers, with faculty, and with practitioners outside the school

Note that the degree may also be used as a first step towards doctoral training.  Details can be provided by members of the Department’s doctoral committee or by your advisor.  Some graduates have begun careers with foundations and research organizations, while others work directly for international health and development agencies, for companies, and for non-profit and non-governmental organizations in the United States and worldwide.

Procedures, deadlines, and requirements for admission to this program, as well as information on financial assistance, are fully explained in the HSPH Catalog.