Master of Science

In light of HSPH’s educational reform to the Master of Public Health (MPH) Program, faculty in the Department of Global Health and Population agree that GHP should offer a two-year research-focused master of science degree.

Mission Statement

The mission of this degree program is to prepare the next generation of researchers for global health and population around the world in order to advance global health research 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 applications, problem solving and analysis, as well as a wide range of quantitative and qualitative methods. Graduates pursue careers in policy analysis, monitoring and evaluation of public health programs, and academic and programmatic research. They will engage with global health research at national and international government agencies, NGOs, the private sector and academic institutions.

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

  • to provide training in public health sciences to individuals whose prior training and experience prepares them to play a leadership role in generating new knowledge through public health research;
  • to award the SM2 degree to individuals who have acquired a particular depth of knowledge in public health sciences and who have demonstrated the competencies set out below;
  • 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 other researchers outside the school.