Population Health Sciences

The  Master of Population Health Sciences (MPHS), offered by the School of Medicine, is a 10-month degree program for clinicians, clinical doctorates, medical students and health sciences students seeking training in clinical research methods. The curriculum emphasizes the role of epidemiology and biostatistics in approaching clinical effectiveness and outcomes research for all medical specialties. The MPHS does not require a research thesis upon completion of the program. Instead, the program innovatively uses applied course work to focus on the long-term mastery of skills. Using topics relevant to their careers and interests, MPHS students practice the art of developing research study protocols, performing systematic reviews, designing epidemiologic studies and much more. Many students go on to produce award-winning research using their applied coursework and skills learned in the program. MPHS students deepen their learning by choosing one of four concentrations: Clinical Epidemiology, Health Services, Quantitative Methods or Psychiatric and Behavioral Health Sciences.

Prospective students

Applicants should be in the process of completing a degree in a clinical training program at the doctoral level or should have completed such a degree. The pace of course work assumes students have familiarity with clinical medicine.

Program format

The MPHS program is a full-time, 10-month format. A minimum of 12 credit hours is required for full-time student status, and the maximum course load is 18 credit hours per semester. Part-time study options are available.

Core MPHS courses

Introduction to SAS for Clinical Research (M19 510)
Introductory Clinical Epidemiology
Applied Epidemiology
Introductory Biostatistics for Clinical Research
Intermediate Clinical Epidemiology
Ethics in Population and Clinical Health Research
Current Topics in Public Health (medical and health sciences students only)

Information on elective courses is available at www.mphs.wustl.edu

MD/MPHS program

The MD/MPHS provides medical students with an opportunity to supplement their clinical training and course work with a quantitative approach to population health science research. Students develop core skills in epidemiology and biostatistics, which can be applied to research in any clinical field, from primary to specialty care. The program is intended for medical students who plan to incorporate clinical or population health research into their clinical careers, including clinical effectiveness and outcomes research. The program is not restricted to Washington University medical students; students from other medical schools are encouraged to apply. The program combines the traditional medical school curriculum with one additional year of full-time study for the MPHS degree. This added year is typically taken after the second or third year of medical school.

Application deadlines

For 2017 – 2018 academic year: January 13, 2017
Notification of students of admission decision: February 20, 2017
Commitment deadline: May 1, 2017

Further information

The director of the MPHS program is Graham Colditz, MD, DrPH. Additional information can be obtained at http://www.mphs.wustl.edu or by emailing Joyce Linn, Program Coordinator, at linnj@wudosis.wustl.edu.