Master of Science (MS)

Master of Science (MS)

The Master of Science (MS) degree signifies academic accomplishment in a public health discipline and is available to those who plan careers in academia and research. Most full-time students take at least two years to complete the degree program. Curriculum for this degree is offered in the field of Biostatistics. The MS degree requires successful completion of a minimum of 36 semester credit hours.

MS Degree Programs and Degree Plans

Biostatistics

The MS degree program is ordinarily a two-year, full-time program. Training is offered in research design, basic statistical theory, data analysis, computer applications, and statistical consultation. Graduates of the program are expected to have prepared themselves to assume intermediate statistical posts in government, private health agencies, or in health research programs. The program emphasizes fundamental statistical theory and methods and provides the basis for doctoral level biostatistical studies. For more information on a MS degree in Biostatistics, please visit the Biostatistics Department web page.

Campus: Houston

Fall 2019 to Summer 2020 MS Biostatistics Degree Planner
Fall 2018 to Summer 2019 MS Biostatistics Degree Planner

Fall 2017 to Summer 2018 MS Biostatistics Degree Planner
Fall 2016 to Summer 2017 MS Biostatistics Degree Planner
Fall 2015 to Summer 2016 MS Biostatistics Degree Planner
Fall 2014 to Summer 2015 MS Biostatistics Degree Planner
Fall 2013 to Summer 2014 MS Biostatistics Degree Planner
Fall 2012 to Summer 2013 MS Biostatistics Degree Planner

Epidemiology

As of Spring 2020, new student enrollment in this program will be discontinued. Students enrolled in this degree program prior to and up to Fall 2019 will continue with the same program requirements per the catalog under which they were enrolled. 

The MS in Epidemiology is a research degree designed to provide an understanding of epidemiologic concepts, theories and methodology. Adequate understanding of human diseases, including their natural history, etiology, pathogenesis, and prevention or control, may require moderate or advanced preparation in related laboratory or environmental sciences. Students are encouraged to draw upon outside resources (academic, governmental, clinical, etc.) in order to acquire knowledge and skills requisite to their specific educational goals. The MS program offers students the opportunity to prepare themselves for intermediate or higher positions in government, or private health agencies, or in research projects with an epidemiologic orientation. For more information on a MS degree in Epidemiology, please visit the Epidemiology program web page.

Campuses: Houston, Austin, Brownsville, Dallas, San Antonio

Fall 2019 MS Epidemiology Degree Planner
Fall 2018 to Summer 2019 MS Epidemiology Degree Planner

Fall 2017 to Summer 2018 MS Epidemiology Degree Planner
Fall 2016 to Summer 2017 MS Epidemiology Degree Planner
Fall 2015 to Summer 2016 MS Epidemiology Degree Planner
Fall 2014 to Summer 2015 MS Epidemiology Degree Planner
Fall 2013 to Summer 2014 MS Epidemiology Degree Planner
Fall 2012 to Summer 2013 MS Epidemiology Degree Planner

 

  

Please note: The full range of courses to support a minor or breadth area may not be available at all regional campuses.

Degree Requirements

Students are encouraged to draw upon the resources of the school when completing their thesis, but may also work with faculty at other institutions of higher learning in Houston. The academic plan is guided by the student, the faculty advisor, and the student’s thesis advisory committee to advance the student’s specific educational and professional goals. A student elects one field as a major and selects another public health discipline as a minor area of study (optional for Biostatistics majors, effective Fall 2019). Most full-time MS students take at least two (2) years to complete all degree requirements.

MS Degree Requirements

  • Satisfactory completion of the defined course of study, including one major and one minor (optional for Biostatistics majors, effective Fall 2019), and a minimum of 36 semester credit hours. If the student chooses a practicum, no more than three (3) credit hours of practicum and three (3) credit hours of thesis count toward the minimum of 36 credit hours. If the student does not choose a practicum, no more than six (6) semester credit hours of the 36-credit hour minimum may be earned for thesis research. Therefore, at least 30 credit hours of coursework other than practicum or thesis must be successfully completed;
  • Satisfactory completion of PH 101 Foundations in Public Health (online, not-for-credit course that covers the Foundational Knowledge Competencies set forth by CEPH) within the first year of the student’s program;
  • Satisfactory completion of a research thesis deemed by the faculty to be of excellent quality and to demonstrate an appropriate depth of knowledge in the field of study. If approved by the student’s advisory committee, a student may elect to include an article of publishable quality consistent with the standards of a peer-reviewed journal. The article is a part of the final submission to the Office of Research and contains all supporting elements of an acceptable research thesis; and
  • Satisfactory oral presentation and defense of their thesis. Successful completion of the thesis includes a public presentation. This presentation may be based on either the proposal or on the completed project. The decision as to when to conduct the oral presentation is determined by the student the advisory committee. All completed theses will be made available to the general public.

Mentorship and Advising

The MS Advisory Committee consists of two full-time UTHealth School of Public Health (SPH) faculty members. A Faculty Advisor representing the student’s major field of study is appointed during the admissions process. During the first semester of enrollment, the student and Faculty Advisor select one additional faculty member from a minor area. This member, along with the Faculty Advisor, constitutes the student’s Advisory Committee. The committee assists in the selection of coursework and related academic matters and evaluates the student’s academic progress. A third Optional Member of the committee may be selected to contribute special expertise to the student’s research. The Optional Member may belong to UTHealth SPH or another academic institution. If the optional member is from another academic institution and does not hold an adjunct appointment at UTHealth SPH, the SPH faculty members on the Advisory Committee are responsible for collecting and reviewing their credentials. These credentials consist of a current resume or CV containing the person’s present appointment and evidence of research experience. Any member of the Advisory Committee, including the Optional Member, may serve as the Thesis Supervisor.

For additional information on committees and requirements, please refer to please refer to SPH Policy 104, MPH and MS Committee Structures and the MPH and MS Traditional Thesis Guide.

MS Committee

* Advisor (same department/discipline)
* 2nd member (minor discipline – internal)
* 3rd member (optional)

The completed MS Committee Appointment Form must be submitted to the Office of Student Affairs for final approval. Students will receive notification of approval via email.

MS Thesis Supervisor

Students can appoint someone other than their Faculty Advisor to serve as the Thesis Supervisor. This supervisor may already be on the committee or someone that is on the UTHealth SPH adjunct faculty list or is at another academic or public health-related organization. A Thesis Supervisor from outside the school must be approved by the Advisory Committee. If the Thesis Supervisor is not affiliated with the SPH, the Advisory Committee should review their credentials and qualifications. Please provide a resume or CV for our database. Note that UTHealth SPH adjunct faculty have been previously reviewed by the Disciplines and require no further documentation.

The completed MS Thesis Supervisor Form must be submitted to the Office of Academic Affairs and Student Services for final approval. Students will receive notification of approval via email.

NOTES:
*UTHealth SPH Faculty
Academic Advisor = Chair of committee
Any Committee Member may serve as the supervisor for the project
Certificate (s) – if applicable, must be represented on committee
Minor = 9 credit hours and at least 3 courses beyond the core