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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?
To submit a UMMC Undergraduate Admissions or Graduate Admissions application, applicants will be asked to create a temporary account, which they will use to save and submit an application. This account may also be used to pay the application fee. Apply here.

How much is an application fee and is it required?
The UMMC Admissions application fee is $25.00. The application fee is required and may not be waived.

What is the cost of attendance/tuition fees?
UMMC tuition fee rates are subject to change each academic year; the estimated cost of attendance (COA) and tuition fee rates may be found here. Note: The COA is adjusted based on the student's enrollment status each semester. The Office of Student Accounting and Insurance publishes the tuition fee rates. Their office may be contacted by phone at (601) 984-1060.

How do I apply for financial aid?
The Office of Student Financial Aid helps students meet their education expenses while attending the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Assistance is provided through grants, scholarships, student employment, and loans. The Office of Student Financial Aid provides steps for Financial Aid here. Their office may be contacted by phone at (601) 984-1117.

How do I know if I am eligible to receive financial aid?
The estimated cost of attendance (COA) is used to determine financial aid eligibility. The COA is calculated by combining a student’s total direct costs (these include fixed costs for tuition/fees and books/supplies, which are charged directly to that student’s UMMC financial aid account) with total indirect costs. Indirect costs represent additional costs that are likely to be incurred during a course of study at UMMC. These costs may vary depending on personal circumstances and choices of each student.

For more information on financial aid eligibility and awards, visit the MyU Web Portal or contact the Office of Student Financial Aid by phone at (601) 984-1117.

Are teaching assistantships or research stipends available?
The Bower School of Population Health offers competitive funding for students in both the Department of Data Science and the Department of Population Health Science doctoral programs. More information on Bower SOPH Stipends, Scholarships and Tuition may be found here.

Doctoral applicants are encouraged to apply early. All Bower SOPH graduate program Application Requirements, Deadlines, and Procedures may be found here.

What is the assistantship/stipend amount and what does it cover?
The graduate student Stipend provides both individual health insurance and a stipend of approximately $24,000/year. Please note: Stipends are not tax exempt.

Are tuition scholarships available?
The Bower SOPH Dean's Scholarship is a full tuition scholarship for qualified doctoral applicants. This scholarship covers tuition costs for the entirety of the plan of study of the graduate education. Please note that this award covers only tuition, and does not cover travel expenses, living expenses, health insurance, books, and other costs related to completing a SOPH degree. In order to be eligible to receive the tuition scholarship, the student must be enrolled as a full-time student and remain in good academic standing per the Bower School of Population Health Good Academic Standing policy. More information on the Dean's Scholarship may be found here.

What other scholarships and awards are available to new applicants?
The Bower SOPH Population Health Workforce Development Scholarship provides tuition support for nine (9) credit hours per semester and a book allowance for a maximum of two (2) years to support up to six (6) UMMC employees enrolled in a Bower SOPH graduate program.

More information on this scholarship and other awards may be found here.

Is the tuition fee waived for students who received a Stipend?
Students who receive a Stipend may be eligible to receive the Dean's Scholarship. In addition, non-resident fees are waived for all our new PhD students and existing PhD students who maintain good academic standing.

When do the graduate programs begin?
The Executive Master of Science in Population Health Management begins in the summer semester of each academic year; all other Bower SOPH graduate programs begin in the fall semester of each academic year.

Do you accept transfer credits?
When a student enrolls in the Bower School of Population Health, a limited number of graduate credits earned at another accredited institution may be accepted toward degree requirements. No more than nine (9) credit hours will be accepted for credit towards a UMMC degree per the Bower SOPH Transfer of Credit policy.

I am an international student interested in applying to the Bower School of Population Health. Where do I begin?
Enrolling international students in one of our programs can be a complicated process that requires the collaborative work of several UMMC departments. For information about the Bower SOPH degree programs open to international applicants and how to apply to one of these programs, please visit the Bower SOPH Application Requirements, Deadlines, and Procedures website.

For assistance with the submission of an application, please contact the Office of Enrollment Management by phone at (601) 984-1080.

Additionally, the Office of International Services is here to assist you in every stage of the process. Please visit their website for more information, or contact their office by email at international@umc.edu.

Can the TOEFL, IELTS or other English proficiency requirements be waived?
Exemption from English Proficiency requirement may be granted to applicants who have earned a U.S. bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association in the United States. For more information on the English Proficiency Requirement, please visit the Office on International Services website.

Where do I send my transcripts?
Please send all official transcripts to:

Office of Enrollment Management
University of Mississippi Medical Center
2500 N. State Street
Jackson, MS 39216

Note: All non-U.S. transcripts are accepted through WES or ECE evaluation services.

Where do I send my test or English proficiency scores?
All test scores, as listed in the program's admission requirements, must be submitted to the Office of Enrollment Management to supplement the application:

Office of Enrollment Management
University of Mississippi Medical Center
2500 N. State Street
Jackson, MS 39216

To have your TOEFL or GRE scores sent directly to the University of Mississippi Medical Center, please visit https://www.ets.org/. The UMMC institutional code is 1857.

 

Biostatistics and Data Science FAQs

What is the scope of the summer industrial internship?
Students can apply for any industrial internship, as long as they receive approval from their Program Director and Internship Course Director. The internship has to further the statistical or data programming skills of the student and give him/her real-world experience in the field of Biostatistics and Data Science.

What is the class size?
The Department of Data Science graduate programs aim to keep a low student to faculty ratio to guarantee individualized attention and one-on-one research mentorship. The qualified applicant pool helps determine the class size. The current ratio is 5:1.

Are Biostatistics and Data Science graduate programs offered fully online?
No. Both Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Biostatistics and Data Science are offered in a traditional setting. The face-to-face structure is vital to ensuring that our students communicate with non-statisticians and the broader community to improve population health. The programs encourage consulting and collaborative communication skills. Throughout the didactic training component, students may enroll in one (1) or two (2) online courses taught by national and international experts in the field.

Are there any particular undergraduate degrees required before applying?
Master of Science program prerequisites include a calculus sequence through multiple variable integration and partial differentiation, a course in linear algebra/matrix theory, and knowledge of one statistical or computer programming language. Applications are welcomed from a diverse set of academic backgrounds; this strengthens peer learning and expands the lens through which our students approach population health problems. Current graduate students have backgrounds in statistics, mathematics, computer and electrical engineering, marketing, and more.

Is a master's degree required prior to enrollment in to the PhD program?
No. Students selected for admission to the doctoral program will earn a Master of Science degree following completion of the first two years of coursework (after a minimum of 30 credit hours). The third year will contain doctoral-specific courses and creation of the dissertation proposal, while the fourth and fifth years will be devoted to dissertation research.

Do you allow part-time study?
Students are allowed to pursue a part-time plan of study. The program director meets with all part-time students and plots an individualized plan of study to ensure that the courses are taken in the proper sequence and the quickest timeframe.

Why should you choose our program compared to others?
Our program has several strengths. Unlike most data science programs, we are focused on population health and are housed in a school with the departments of Preventive Medicine and Population Health Science. Most data science programs are business-focused or housed in computer science departments. Our ultimate goal is to translate data to actionable findings that can improve health care and cure diseases.

Our blended program was designed to include sufficient statistical theory, ensuring that students understand the proper method to use and the limitations to the analysis. We further embed exercises of effective communication into our program; students will complete internships and statistical consulting sessions. The lack of effective communication is one barrier to the translation of findings to benefits to the broader community. Lastly, our students can work with high-quality epidemiologic data from two renowned studies, namely the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study and the Jackson Heart Study. Both include participants from the local community and allow students to work on real-life data with national and international health experts.