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Master of Science in Public Health

A Degree for Specialized Skills in Public Health Disciplines

The Master of Science (MS) degree program in Public Health is designed with an emphasis on mastering skills in biostatistics, chronic disease epidemiology, epidemiology of infectious diseases, or health informatics. The program focuses on the theory and application of statistical methodology in biomedical science, the foundations behind clinical research in epidemiology and the practice of informatics across clinical and public health domains. The program is suited for student interested in entering the work force, continuing their education in PhD programs and clinicians.

Students will be able to choose either the Standard Biostatistics Pathway or the newly created Implementation and Prevention Science Methods pathway, directed by Professor Donna Spiegelman, director of the Center for Methods in Implementation and Prevention Science. The rigorous training in the theory of and methods of biostatistics, with a specialization in implementation and prevention science methods promotes the adoption and integration of evidence-based practices, interventions and policies into routine health care and public health settings to improve the impact on population health.

Unless stated otherwise, students can enroll full time or part time.

How to Apply

Applications are submitted through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Select program: "Public Health" and your Concentration: Biostatistics, Chronic Disease Epidemiology, Environmental Health Sciences,Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases, Health Policy and Management or Social and Behavioral Sciences.

The GRE and TOEFL code for Yale GSAS is: 3987.

The deadline is December 15th.


Students in the MS program file their applications and financial aid materials through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

MS students are allowed to serve as Teaching Fellows or Research Assistants. Teaching Fellowships are generally available to MS students in the 2-year program in Public Health during their second year after they have taken classes and become familiar with the Public Health coursework. However, it is also possible to obtain a Teaching Fellowship in a department outside of Public Health. Many first year MS students have found Teaching Fellowships in within Yale College in languages, math, statistics or science departments.

Research Assistant positions are also available on a part time basis. Faculty in Public Health are generally familiar with various research projects that are in need of a research assistant. We suggest you begin your search for a research assistant position by asking your faculty advisor for suggestions. There are also many positions posted on the Student Employment website.