The University of Chicago | Graduate Admissions

Public Health Sciences - MS

Division: Biological Sciences
Degree Type: MS

Program Description

The Department of Public Health Sciences (formerly Health Studies) at the University of Chicago offers a course of study in the theory, methods, and concepts of biostatistics, epidemiology, and health services research needed to design and carry out clinical and epidemiologic research programs. It is designed for the professional enhancement of individuals who already have doctoral-level expertise in Medicine and related clinical disciplines. The curriculum leads to the degree of Master of Science (M.S.).

Applicants should either have a doctoral-level clinical degree (such as M.D., D.O., or nursing Ph.D.) from an accredited institution, or must have completed pre-clinical training at an accredited medical school. In the latter case, the candidate must provide a plan for completion of both the M.D. and M.S. degrees, and a letter of support from the candidate's medical school.

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Application Method

Applications should be initiated through the online application. Paper applications are not accepted.


Deadline for admissions and financial aid: December 1

The Department of Public Health Sciences admits applicants once a year for the following Autumn Quarter. Applications received after the deadline cannot be considered.

Campus Visits

Campus visits and interviews are not required. Contact the department for more information.

Degree Objective

MS degree.

Application Requirements

  1. A completed application.
  2. Application fee
  3. Transcripts from each institution attended after high school should be uploaded with the application.
  4. Three letters of recommendation from college or university professors who know the applicant's work well. Individuals who have been away from school for several years may submit recommendations from their employers.
  5. MCAT or Graduate Record Examination scores. We require the GRE general test scores; subject test scores will be considered, but are optional.


Admissions Decisions

Admissions decisions are emailed in early March. You will receive your admission decision letter via email.

Program Requirements

• 9 graduate level courses
• Master's Paper (not a thesis) is required after completion of required core courses. Paper evaluates comprehension of core biostatistics, epidemiology, and health services research coursework

Costs & Financial Aid

Tuition is charged at the Biological Sciences Division rate for each course taken.