The Master of Science degree is an academic degree that provides specialized knowledge in a particular subject matter. The interdisciplinary nature of the Mailman School’s educational experience also provides students in these  programs with a broad public health perspective that facilitates successful careers in public health and related areas.

The Mailman School offers the Master of Science (MS) degree in the Departments of:


The Department of Biostatistics offers Master of Science degrees in five areas of study where there is a clear need for professionals with specialized expertise and cutting-edge skills. Master’s candidates in the department pursue an innovative and challenging interdisciplinary curriculum, take advantage of opportunities for hands-on experience, and gain valuable exposure to the latest in research and statistical methods.

Environmental Health Sciences

EHS students can choose a concentration in either Toxicology or Radiological Sciences to prepare for challenging and fullfilling 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. 


The MS program provides working health professionals with the knowledge, skills, and credentials needed to engage in rigorous population health research. Students develop expertise in both the foundational concepts that underlie study design and analysis and in the innovative methods that are currently changing and improving the practice of epidemiology. There are two program options, which differ only in their timeframe and schedule.

Sociomedical Sciences

Designed for students interested in applying historical analysis to public health practice and policymaking, the MS program 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.

Visit the department web pages—where degree competencies, student handbooks, and curriculum plans are available—to learn more about these degree programs. The Prospective Student site also offers information on admissions requirements.