Master of Science in Population and Health Sciences

University of Michigan


Research today’s toughest public health challenges while mastering data analysis at the United States' #1 public research university. International and domestic applicants welcome.

The online Master of Science (MS) in Population and Health Sciences from the University of Michigan School of Public Health provides students with a cutting-edge, multidisciplinary education that will prepare them to be leaders in the field of public health. The curriculum focuses on the foundations of public health and provides students with expertise in research and data analysis. Graduates with an MS in Population and Health Sciences may go on to careers in academia, at research labs, or continue on to pursue their PhD.

What makes this degree unique?


Learn from the #1 public research university in the U.S. Ranked #4 in the nation, School of Public Health alumni go on to drive positive change at universities, research firms, and hospitals. Earn a sought-after degree from the University of Michigan at your pace, without having to leave your job or relocate.


Prepare to lead rigorous research. Learn skills from public health experts like how to conduct literature reviews, understand research methodologies, analyze and interpret data, compare findings, and prepare scientific writing for publication.

Conduct in-depth inquiries to real-world population health crises. Simulate responses to real historical and contemporary issues in population health.


Earn a top degree at an accessible price: At $960/credit hour for Michigan residents and $1060/credit hour for non-Michigan residents, the the MS in Population and Health Sciences is substantially less than most top online Public Health degrees.

Transform your career with help from extensive career support resources. Access career services through the School of Public Health and the University of Michigan, including one-on-one support to guide you through career selection, employer identification, resume review, practice interviews, and more.


Build your own path. Customize your experience based on your career goals with a variety of elective series, including Analyzing Health Data, Epidemiological Methods, Precision Nutrition, Environmental Health and Sustainability, and more.

  • Tuition
    $43,500 - 47,500 USD*

    *A student's tuition rate is determined by residency (ie. Michigan residents and non-Michigan residents). Because U-M is partially state-funded, Michigan residents pay a lower rate.

  • Program length
    2 years
  • Brief overview
    42 credits
  • Method of study
    Fully Online

The application for the Master of Science in Population and Health Sciences Fall 2022 cohort is now open.

The priority application deadline is February 1 and the final application deadline is May 15. Classes begin in August 2022.

Learn more about the MS and MPH Degrees

In addition to this MS degree, the University of Michigan School of Public Health also offers an online Master of Public Health (MPH) in Population and Health Sciences. Like the MS, this degree provides students with a foundational public health education that will allow them to address complex challenges and pursue innovative, lasting solutions to improve the health of communities. While much of the curriculum across the two degrees is similar, the MPH program has a stronger focus on public health systems, public health policy, and health education.

As part of the MPH program, students will complete an applied practice experience in which they’ll work with a community partner organization to create materials that will be used to support the day-to-day public health work being done by that organization. Graduates with an MPH in Population and Health Sciences may go on to careers at hospitals, community non-profits, and state and local public health departments, as well as in the field of public policy.

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About the Program



Applicants come from a variety of backgrounds, but individuals with professional experience in a health-related field or industry and strong quantitative skills are encouraged to apply.

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The online MS degree is designed to help students learn about the research process and develop expertise in communicating results in written and oral formats.

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Ninety-eight percent of 2018 residential program graduates are employed, continuing their education, or not seeking employment. The School of Public Health’s alumni network is more than 16,000 strong, and the University of Michigan’s overall alumni network ranks as one of the largest in the world, comprising more than 545,000 graduates across the globe.

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Student Experience

Student Experience

The online MS degree program is developed and taught by the same University of Michigan faculty who teach on campus. Students have regular access to faculty through virtual office hours and email. Students are full members of the Michigan community, with access to a wide range of student services, including career counseling and free Michigan Online course certificate programs across learning disciplines.

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About the University

About the University

The University of Michigan School of Public Health is one of the oldest and most respected U.S. schools of public health. The University of Michigan is the #1 ranked public research university in the United States by the National Science Foundation.

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Michigan Public Health has launched multiple publicly available, free online courses and specializations that explore various subjects within public health. Try out an open course to see if Michigan online learning is right for you.

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Fall 2022 Priority Application Deadline


Fall 2022 Final Application Deadline

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