Angela L., M4 Enrollee
If you’re interested in population health, clinical outcomes research, and explaining repeatedly that you’re not actually doing an MPH, the MPHS (Master of Population Health Science) may be for you. The MPHS is a 10-month, tuition-neutral program usually completed after M2 or M3 year. Classes run from late August to early May (which means you get significant vacation time the summer before and after completing the MPHS). Core courses include biostatistics, epidemiology, and research ethics. Three concentrations are available: clinical epidemiology, health services, and psychiatric and behavioral health sciences. No matter which concentration you choose, you’ll gain experience with all aspects of the research process, including experimental design, statistical analysis, grant-writing, preparing for publication, and communicating research findings to the public.
While no thesis or capstone research product is required for completion of the MPHS, much of the coursework is applied, i.e. you can work on different aspects of your ongoing research project(s) to fulfill class assignments. MPHS program leadership can help connect you to possible mentors in your area of interest. For more information, check out mphs.wustl.edu.