The academic Master of Health Science (MHS) program allows students to select from the five areas of interest listed below. This full-time, one-year program is designed for those with a desire to enhance their research skills in public health and includes both methods and content courses. Students choose one of four methodological approaches: demography; behavioral and social sciences; epidemiology; or health services research and evaluation. The one-year curriculum is intended for students with one to two years of public health experience (two years preferred) to inform their area of research inquiry prior to entry into the program.
The Department's current areas of interest in the MHS program include:
Maternal, Fetal, and Perinatal Health
Population and Health
Women's, Sexual and Reproductive Health
Students in the MHS program are also required to complete a specialized set of research methods courses. Students may choose among behavioral and social science, epidemiology, and health services research and evaluation. Part-time options for working professionals are available for these degree programs. In addition to coursework, students are required to complete an original essay of publishable quality based on secondary data analysis.
Graduates combine prior experience and educational training to pursue careers in policy, research, and advocacy in government, non-governmental organizations, and academic institutions.
Graduates of the MHS program in PFRH, go on to careers in organizations such as the Census Bureau, government ministries, non-governmental health organizations, state, and local MCH agencies, managed health care organizations, research institutions, health care delivery organizations, advocacy groups, and academic institutions.
MHS- Alumni Employment
American Society of Human Genetics
Clinical Outcomes Solutions
Gates Institute, PFRH, JHSPH
Global Health Fellowship Programme- Zambia
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Hasbro Children's Hospital
Healthy Schools Campaign, Chicago, IL
Ivymount Autism Programme, Rockville, MD
JHMI Department of Pediatrics
JHSPH - Department of Health Behavior and Society
JHU Center for Communication Programs
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
National Center for Health Statistics/CDC/MD
NGO- Magic Beans (Lima, Peru)
NYC Alliance Against Sexual Assault
Pennsylvania State Un., PA
Planned Parenthood Mar Monte
Central Coast Region, Salinas, CA
Population Reference Bureau
Psychological Science UC
Irvine Center for the Neurobiology of
Learning and Memory (CNLM) School of Social Ecology
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
U.S. Census Bureau
University of Wisconsin-Madison Health Disparities Research
Western Regional Office, Food and Nutrition Service
USDA, San Francisco, CA
How to Apply
Thank you for your interest in the Department of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health.
Please review the steps below carefully and contact the Department's Education Office if you have any additional questions about the application process.
Step 1 - Background requirements
Applicants to the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health degree programs should have a background that includes at least:
A bachelor's level degree from an accredited university;
A general level biology or biological science course;
An upper-level mathematics course (calculus and statistics recommended);
A social science course;
A minimum GPA of 3.0 in undergraduate and/or graduate is required;
Work experience is encouraged but not required for the Department's MSPH or doctoral degree programs.
For MHS applicants:
One-two years (preferably two years) of public health or related experience.
Step 2 - Choose your Degree
Step 3 – Know your application requirements
Applicants will need to submit all of the following required materials by the application due date designated for each degree program:
Completed online application (including a two-page personal statement, resume/cv, and application fee)
Three letters of recommendation
Official transcripts from all universities attended
Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores (an official copy of scores is required for all applicants)Please note: The Department of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health will be waiving the GRE scores for the 2021-2022 admissions application cycle for our MHS application.Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores (if applicable)
Standardized Test Information
The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required for all applicants to the Department of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health. Although the Department does not have official cutoff scores, applicants should aim to achieve a score of 150+ in the Verbal section; 150+ in the Quantitative section; and 4.5+ in the Analytical section. In some instances, the Department will accept MCAT scores in lieu of the GRE.
Proficiency in the English language is a requirement for admission to the School. Applicants whose native language is not English may be required to submit the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Although the Department does not have official cutoff scores for the TOEFL, applicants should aim to achieve a score of 100+ on the Internet-based TOEFL and 600+ on the Paper-Based TOEFL.
Step 4 – Know your deadline
All applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants are encouraged to apply early.
The Department requires that you submit your online application (through SOPHAS) and all supporting materials by the application deadline.
The MHS program has limited funding opportunities; funding decisions for the MHS program are made as applications are received.
The admissions application deadline for the 2021-2022 academic year for the MHS degree program is June 1, 2021, for a Fall 2021 start.
Step 5 – Apply online
All applications must be submitted through SOPHAS.