History and Ethics

The 30-credit MS degree is designed for students interested in applying historical analysis to public health practice and policymaking without pursuing a professional public health degree (MPH). The curriculum focuses on American public health and medicine in the twentieth century, and emphasizes the ethical, legal, and policy debates surrounding efforts to control infectious and chronic diseases, the influence of activists, advocates, and non-governmental organizations on health policy, and the evolving standards of professional practice for both public health and medicine.

Course of Study

Consisting of 30 credits and a master’s thesis, the course of study is designed to be completed either full-time (two semesters) or part-time (three or more semesters). This program is of particular interest to mid-career professionals with health-related interests in fields like nursing, medicine, health policy, bioethics, journalism, and law, as well as postdoctoral students seeking to enhance their training by gaining additional analytic tools for public health policymaking and students seeking preparation for doctoral study.

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View competencies, course requirements, sample schedules, and more in our Academics section. 


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