Department of Population Health Sciences School of Medicine and Public Health University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Population Health Sciences School of Medicine and Public Health University of Wisconsin-Madison

Madison, WI
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
January 15
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
4 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


A Unique Combination

The Population Health Sciences graduate and professional degree programs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison offer the unusual combination of an integrated school model and an interdisciplinary approach, with degree flexibility and personal attention for students in addition to world-class university resources, learning beyond the classroom, and the pleasure of life in vibrant and beautiful Madison, Wisconsin.

Integrated School Model

In 2005, the University of Wisconsin Medical School became the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, signaling the development a revolutionary new model of education, research, and service that unites public health and medicine. The vision with this model has been to create a superior education, research, and community engagement enterprise that integrates biomedical sciences, care of individual patients, and the health of diverse populations. This new integrated approach addresses the evolving health and health care needs of Wisconsin and beyond, and in so doing, will serve as a national model to solve America's most pressing health issues.

Interdisciplinary Approach

The degree programs at the Department of Population Health Sciences for the University of Wisconsin-Madison are well-suited for those wanting to become excellent, well-rounded health practitioners and/or researchers. The degrees are appropriate regardless of students' health interests. Students studying in these programs explore the fields of epidemiology, public health, health policy, social and behavioral health, health services research, biostatistics, environmental health, and more! The school takes pride in preparing its students in a very holistic way for the various aspects of public and population health work. In this way, students come to have a more complete understanding of various public health issues and how to initiate prevention efforts effectively or conduct quality research.

Degree Flexibility

The degree programs in the Department of Population Health Sciences, which include an M.S. or Ph.D. in Population Health degree program, an M.S. or Ph. D. in Epidemiology degree program, and an M.P.H. degree program, can be tailored to a student's specific health interests due to the flexibility of the curriculum. All students complete a set of core courses, but beyond these required courses students are afforded great latitude in course selection towards electives related to their own specific interests. Depending on the particular degree program, the university also offers areas of concentration, dual degrees, and certificate options to further enhance students' educational goals and provide degree specialization.

Receive Personal Attention

After entering one of the graduate or professional degree programs in the Department of Population Health Science, students are each matched with a faculty adviser. He or she will help students hone their interests, assist with identifying field experience and research projects, provide support for career development, and link students to the greater campus community The faculty members, staff members, and community colleagues are committed to serving students, and are friendly and accessible. Students have the benefit of daily dialogues and personalized training from renowned faculty. In addition, seminars and integrated discussion groups allow for increased interaction with core faculty members and community lecturers. Finally, the work of students is valued, as evidenced by their entries in the annual department poster session, participation in public health symposia, authorship of publications, and involvement in community/research projects.

Learning Beyond the Classroom

Students have the advantage of learning from people who "practice" public health. A number of faculty members in the department have been identified in state and community public health agencies, and these individuals actively contribute their knowledge and skills to the degree programs and students. These faculty members often serve as guest lecturers, discussion group leaders, and preceptors. The field experience requirement of the M.P.H. professional degree program helps students gain additional hands-on experience and provides them the opportunity to serve and benefit the community by applying their classroom knowledge to real world public health issues. Research scientists in the department lead efforts on campus in the creation, consolidation, and translation of new and existing knowledge into community-based practice to improve healthcare delivery and outcomes. Finally, all students are encouraged to translate what they have learned in the classroom into presentations or posters and to present their professional work at conferences.

Madison as a City

Built on an Isthmus between Lake Monona and Lake Mendota, Madison offers incredible natural beauty, stimulating cultural opportunities, and a plethora of restaurants, shops, and attractions. The campus rolls along Lake Mendota, with wooded hills and the busy city streets of downtown Madison. Madison is small enough to navigate easily, but with cultural resources and amenities that rival those of cities many times its size. As the state capital of Wisconsin, Madison provides a vibrant downtown area and also a wealth of recreational resources, such as the 5 area lakes, over 200 parks, and numerous biking trails. Healthcare is another of Madison's strengths with 5 general hospitals, more than 20 major medical clinics and UW-Madison's medical, nursing and pharmacy schools. The city's location in south central Wisconsin also makes for convenient access to Milwaukee, Chicago, and Minneapolis. Madison furthermore continues to be on everyone's short-list as one of the top communities in which to live, work, play, and raise a family.

Location & Contact

Department of Population Health Sciences

School of Medicine and Public Health
University of Wisconsin-Madison

740 WARF Building 610 North Walnut Street
Madison, WI 53726
United States

MS/PhD Programs Coordinator

Phone: 608-265-8108
Fax: 608-263-2820

Assistant Programs Coordinator

Phone: 608-263-6583
Fax: 608-263-2820

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Epidemiology Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Science (MS)
    • Population Health Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 11
    • Doctoral Degrees 8
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


38% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 84
    • Accepted 32
    • Acceptance Rate 38
    • Enrolled 20
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $56
    • Application Fee - International $56
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 15th January 15th Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE taken within the last 5 years (MCAT or LSAT acceptable for those with doctoral degrees), minimum GPA of 3.0, quantitative preparation (calculus, and statistics, or other) with minimum B average
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE taken within the last 5 years (MCAT or LSAT acceptable for those with doctoral degrees), minimum GPA of 3.0, quantitative preparation (calculus, and statistics, or other) with minimum B average
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 580 paper based, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableFinancial Support for Part-time Students, Health Care Benefits, Scholarship and/or loans, Traineeships, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students62
    • Female Percentage81%
    • Male Percentage19%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students62
    • Part-time Percentage16%
    • Full-time Percentage84%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino7%
    • Black / African American12%
    • White / Caucasian73%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian5%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander2%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown1%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty106
    • Full-time Percentage98%
    • Part-time Percentage2%
    • Female Percentage51%
    • Male Percentage49%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchEpidemiology (cancer, environmental, aging, infectious and genetic disease), determinants of population health, health services research, social and behavioral health sciences, biostatistics
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$11,370,068