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Graduate Degree Programs

Preventive Medicine residents are required to complete a master’s degree in public health or an equivalent degree in order to be eligible for board certification by the American Board of Preventive Medicine. Our residents have the option of completing a Master of Science in Population Health Science through the John D. Bower School of Population Health or a Master of Science in Clinical Investigation through the School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences.  

Preventive Medicine Track of the Master of Science in Population Health Science

The Preventive Medicine Track of 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 will be completed entirely online using an 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 healthcare system. The program will culminate in an original thesis that demonstrates mastery of the competencies for the program. The Preventive Medicine Track is only available to physicians undergoing preventive residency training at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

PGY-2 FALL SEMESTER – 9 Hours

  • MSCI 710- Epidemiology I                                                                      
  • ID 740 or PHS 702*- Statistical Methods in Research                                                                     
  • PHS 700- Essentials of Population Health Science                                                                      

PGY-2 SPRING SEMESTER – 9 Hours   

  • ID 741- Statistical Methods in Research II                                                                                
  • Elective**                                                                                                                       
  • PHS 717- Principles of Classic, Modern, and Emerging Health Behavior Theory                                                                                                                                                                                      

PGY-2 SUMMER – 1 Hour

  • PHS 744 - Bioethics and Society                                                                                                  

                                                                                                                                                               

PGY-3 FALL –9 Hours

  • PHS 714- US Healthcare Organizations and Delivery                                                                 
  • Elective**                                                                                                                    
  • PHS 799- Thesis and Thesis Research                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

PGY-3 SPRING- 9 Hours                  

  • Electives**                                                                                                                  
  • PHS 799- Thesis and Thesis Research                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Electives

*Students can take either ID 740 or PHS 702

**The following elective courses can be taken in any sequence:

  • MSCI 711- Epidemiology II 3,
  • PM 725- Environmental Health 3,
  • PHS 731 – Social Determinants of Health 3, and
  • One of the following courses:
    • PHS 711 - Healthcare Quality and Safety 3, OR
    • PHS 709 - Population Health Management 3, OR
    • PHS 730 - Health Promotion, Disease Prevention and Care Management 3, OR
    • PHS 713 - Implementation Science and Dissemination 3 

Master of Science in Clinical Investigation

The School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences at the University of Mississippi Medical Center offers a Master of Science degree in Clinical Investigation. The degree program is designed for clinical professionals and clinical scientists including faculty and resident physicians, fellows in training, dentists, nurses, pharmacists and other terminal degree clinical professionals. Successful graduates of the program will be expected to conduct independent and collaborative clinical studies in their special areas of practice and interest while holding positions as clinician investigators in academic settings. The program will also serve as a formalized training program for participants seeking extramural career development support (K awards). Preventive Medicine residents will complete the Population/Outcomes Research Track of the MSCI.

PGY-2 fall semester – 10 hours

  • MSCI 710- Epidemiology I
  • BDS 721- Analytics
  • ID 718- Health Policy and the Health Care System
  • Resident seminar

 PGY-2 spring semester – 12 hours

  • MSCI 711- Epidemiology II
  • BDS 722- Advanced Analytics
  • MSCI 733- Social and Behavioral Science and Theory
  • Responsible Conduct in Research
  • Grant and Scientific Writing
  • Resident seminar

 PGY-2 and 3 summer – 6 hours

  • ID 725- Environmental Health
  • Elective

 PGY-3 fall semester – 4-7 hour

  • Capstone Project- MSCI 791
  • Resident Seminar
  • Elective

 PGY-3 spring semester 2-5 hours

  • Capstone Project – MSCI 791
  • Resident Seminar
  • Elective