The MS in Population Health Science is a distance education program offered by the John D. Bower School of Population Health, University of Mississippi Medical Center. The program is completed entirely online using UMMC’s electronic student learning platform. The program is designed to educate students to examine health determinants and outcomes using a population health framework and to develop policies and interventions to improve health outcomes, reduce disparities, and improve the health care system. The program will culminate in an original thesis demonstrating mastery of competencies for the program.
Students must complete a minimum of 43 credit hours to graduate from the program. The MS degree is a research degree and is not conferred solely as a result of formal course work, no matter how superior and extensive. To receive the MS degree, the candidate must demonstrate evidence of proficiency and distinctive attainment in a special field, and a recognized ability for independent investigation as presented in a thesis based upon original research. Students are required to complete a thesis, which shows evidence of original investigation. An oral examination and public thesis defense are mandatory for successful completion of the thesis. The candidate’s advisory committee will conduct the examination.