Master of Science

The Master of Science (MS) degree is offered by the departments of Biostatistics, Environmental Health Sciences, Epidemiology, and Sociomedical Sciences.

While the primary focus of the MS curriculum is specialized knowledge, the Mailman School’s emphasis on interdisciplinary education ensures that students also gain a broad public health perspective that facilitates successful careers. Typical applicants are people with science backgrounds and/or experience in health, medicine, or science-related fields.


The Department of Biostatistics offers five MS programs:

Environmental Health Sciences

EHS students can choose a concentration in either Toxicology or Radiological Sciences to prepare for challenging and fulfilling scientifically oriented careers in government, non-profits, pharmaceuticals and academia. While finishing their degree in as little as 12-18 months, students also obtaining valuable practicum internship experience and complete a Master's research thesis.


MS students in Epidemiology select one of two program options, which differ only in their timeframe and schedule. The new Executive MS program is meant for working professionals and meets for one long weekend a month for 22 months.

Sociomedical Sciences

MS students in Sociomedical Sciences focus on the history and ethics of Public Health. Visit the History and Ethics program page for more information.