About This Program
The MHS in Social Factors in Health is an advanced research degree. It is designed for students with undergraduate exposure to social and behavioral sciences and/or public health, who seek further training in theory and methods in these areas. The program integrates and applies a broad range of interdisciplinary knowledge and analytical skills in social aspects of public health, with an emphasis on contemporary health problems. Students are prepared to work in public health research or policy. Many graduates continue with further academic training, including pursuing a PhD or DrPH in public health or related fields.
This program has a strong track record in training students in quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods.
of full-time study
including coursework, seminars, and independent study
Culminating master's research paper
with opportunity to present original research
Applied research experience
with development of a research plan and completion of a mentored research project
What Can You Do With This Degree?
- Research Associate
- Policy Analyst
- Project Manager
- Doctoral Student
- Foreign Service Officer
- Health Communication Specialist
For general admissions requirements, please visit the How to Apply page.
Standardized Test Scores
Standardized test scores (GRE) are optional for this program. The admissions committee will make no assumptions if a standardized test score is omitted from an application, but will require evidence of quantitative/analytical ability through other application components such as academic transcripts and/or supplemental questions. Applications will be reviewed holistically based on all application components.
Program Faculty Spotlight
Karin Tobin, PhD ‘04, MHS ’00, is a social and behavioral scientist who studies how social networks and place-based context shape health and inequalities.
Meghan Moran, PhD, MA, studies how communications from advertising to misinformation shape public health issues such as vaccine promotion, cancer screening, and tobacco control.
Brian Weir, PhD ’13, MHS 12, MPH, is an HIV prevention researcher with expertise in study design, analytic methods, and economic evaluation.
Michelle Kaufman, PhD, MA, designs, implements, and evaluates technology-driven interventions to reduce health disparities and promote wellness among vulnerable populations.
Tuition and Funding
The Master’s Tuition Scholarship is available to students in good academic standing in a two-year, full-time master’s program. The MTS is a 75% reduction in tuition for year two of an eight-term program.