|Graduate Program Head||Douglas Leslie|
|Degrees Conferred||Master of Science (M.S.)|
|The Graduate Faculty|
The master's program in Public Health Sciences includes graduate-level course work in biostatistics, epidemiology, and health services research, and provides knowledge and insight required in health-related research. Students learn population-based methods for planning, executing, analyzing, and disseminating research results, and methods for evaluating and improving health care practices.
Applicants apply for admission to the program via the Graduate School application for admission. Requirements listed here are in addition to Graduate Council policies listed under GCAC-300 Admissions.
Prospective applicants for this program should have at least a bachelor's degree in a biological, physical, or behavioral science.
Master of Science (M.S.)
Requirements listed here are in addition to Graduate Council policies listed under GCAC-600 Research Degree Requirements.
Each student in Public Health Sciences is expected to acquire breadth of knowledge in the disciplines of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Health Services Research, and skills in the areas of experimental design, data collection, and quantitative analysis. The PHS Master of Science degree can lead to careers in a wide variety of fields and settings, including academic health centers; the health insurance industry; health services networks; local, state, and federal government agencies; and the pharmaceutical industry.
Each student must complete at least 30 credits at the 500, 600, or 800 level. Each student must submit an original Master's thesis according to the guidelines outlined by the Graduate School.
|PHS 500||Research Ethics for Clinical Investigators||1|
|PHS 520||Principles of Biostatistics||3|
|PHS 521||Applied Biostatistics||3|
|PHS 536||Health Survey Research Methods||3|
|PHS 550||Principles of Epidemiology||3|
|PHS 551||Advanced Epidemiological Methods||3|
|Choose 8 credits from the following: 1||8|
|Grant Writing for Clinical Research|
|Methods Used in Translational Research|
|Patient Centered Research|
|Quality of Care Measurement|
|Decision Analysis I|
|Decision Analysis II|
|Molecular Epidemiology of Chronic Disease|
|Health Economics and Economic Evaluation|
|Clinical Trials: Design and Analysis|
|Clinical Trials: Case Studies|
|PHS 600||Thesis Research||6|
Courses in Health Policy and Administration (HPA) and Statistics (STAT) may be taken as elective courses and will be considered on an individual basis in consultation with the student's academic adviser.
Graduate assistantships available to students in this program and other forms of student aid are described in the Tuition & Funding section of The Graduate School’s website. Students on graduate assistantships must adhere to the course load limits set by The Graduate School.
Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 699 and 800 to 899. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.
|Campus||Hershey Med Ctr|
|Graduate Program Head||Douglas L Leslie|
|Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) or Professor-in-Charge (PIC)||Li Wang|
Marjorie D Sawyer