Master of Population Health Sciences Degree Program School of Medicine Washington University in St. Louis

Master of Population Health Sciences Degree Program School of Medicine Washington University in St. Louis

St. Louis, MO
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
January 10
fall application deadline
Not Reported
acceptance rate
1 Degree Offered
degrees offered


Accelerating Clinical Outcomes Research Expertise

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis is consistently ranked as one of the top U.S. medical institutions for research and patient care. The Master of Population Health Sciences (MPHS) degree program prepares students for distinguished clinical research careers by accelerating expertise in population health and clinical outcomes research. Students gain a strong foundation and hands-on experience in leading, designing, conducting and moving clinical research findings to applications that will improve patient care and treatment. Courses are taught by Washington University faculty known for their achievements in patient care and population health.

The MPHS program is open to students with doctoral-level clinical degrees including, but not limited to: MD; PhD; DO; OTD; DPT; DNP; and PharmD. The program also accepts medical students and health sciences students who elect to take extra time to gain research expertise.

The program is designed to integrate easily into clinical schedules or dedicated research time. Two training options are available: a 10-month, full-time training option and a two- to three-year, part-time option. Students in the MPHS program come from a variety of specialties: general surgery; cardiothoracic surgery; neurosurgery; obstetrics and gynecology; pediatrics; neurology; internal medicine; psychiatry; infectious diseases; emergency medicine; public health; and more.

Population Health Sciences Training: The Cornerstone for Evidence-Based Medicine in All Clinical Fields

Population health sciences training brings together patient care and using research to improve health outcomes. Emphasizing the roles of clinical epidemiology and biostatistics in the core curriculum, the MPHS program makes innovative use of applied coursework which allows students to directly translate, apply, and master research concepts.

Applied coursework means students select topics for class discussion and assignments that are relevant to their research projects, interests, and careers. Many students maximize their research productivity during their time in the MPHS program by concurrently working on research projects and using the experience for their course assignments. For example, students will write and design research protocols, systematic reviews and meta-analysis, write a grant, and more. Additionally, instructors select case studies, prioritize reading lists, and shape class discussions from current, in-the-news clinical outcomes research and population health topics. Students are encouraged to have a primary mentor connected to their research while in the MPHS program (program leadership can help students find a research lab and mentor during their time in the program).

Students further hone their skills by choosing from four concentrations: Clinical Epidemiology, Health Services, Quantitative Methods, or Psychiatric and Behavioral Health Sciences. In addition to the core coursework required for all MPHS students, each concentration has its own set of required elective courses and student-selected elective courses to provide thorough and relevant training for a student's clinical research career goals.

Location & Contact

Master of Population Health Sciences Degree Program

School of Medicine
Washington University in St. Louis

600 S. Taylor Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63116
United States

Dr. Graham Colditz


Phone: 314-454-7939

Mrs. Joyce Linn

Program Coordinator

Phone: 314-362-5501

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Health Services Master of Population Health Sciences (MPHS)
    • Clinical Epidemiology Master of Population Health Sciences (MPHS)
    • Quantitative Methods Master of Population Health Sciences (MPHS)
    • Psychiatric And Behavioral Health Sciences Master of Population Health Sciences (MPHS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 7
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • 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? Not reported
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied Not Reported
    • Accepted Not Reported
    • Acceptance Rate Not Reported
    • Enrolled Not Reported
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic Not Reported
    • Application Fee - International Not Reported
    • Electronic applications accepted? Not Reported
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 15th January 15th Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's Degreespossess or currently be in pursuit of a clinical doctorate degree (including but not limited to: MD, PhD, PharmD, DPH, DO, DPT, DNP, and OTD, etc.)
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required

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

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students18
    • Female Percentage50%
    • Male Percentage50%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students18
    • Part-time Percentage56%
    • Full-time Percentage44%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / LatinoNot Reported
    • Black / African AmericanNot Reported
    • White / CaucasianNot Reported
    • American Indian / Alaskan NativeNot Reported
    • AsianNot Reported
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific IslanderNot Reported
    • Two or more racesNot Reported
    • UnknownNot Reported


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty28
    • Full-time Percentage0%
    • Part-time Percentage100%
    • Female Percentage64%
    • Male Percentage36%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchClinical epidemiology, population health, biostatistics, clinical outcomes research and comparative effectiveness research
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported