Master of Science in Public Health

The Master of Science (M.S.) degree program in Public Health (PH) is  designed with an emphasis on mastering skills in Biostatistics and Chronic Disease Epidemiology. The M.S. track for Chronic Disease Epidemiology may be completed in one year as a full-time student. The M.S. track for Biostatistics is a two year program full-time. Students may be admitted to either program on a part-time basis. Part-time students must complete all degree requirements within five years of matriculation. 

Clinical and translational research today requires an understanding of concepts in study design and analysis, which can be met via rigorous training in the core methods of epidemiology and biostatistics. Epidemiologic training in study design, population sampling, methods to reduce bias, systematic literature reviews and meta-analyses, are increasingly valued in many job sectors. Biostatisticians’ technical skills in data analysis are valued in managed care organizations, medical research, and the pharmaceutical industry.

The M.S. in PH is offered through the department’s affiliation with the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. The departmental Graduate Studies Executive Committee and the director of graduate studies (DGS) are responsible for overseeing the progress of M.S. students.

MS Application


Visit the admissions website of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences for more information on applying to the MS in PH program.

The GRE and TOEFL code

for the Yale University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences is: 3987.

MS applicants must apply through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

The application deadline is December 15. All candidates begin their program in the fall term. All applicants are notified of final action by April 1st. The non-refundable application fee $100.

For general admissions questions, information, and access to the online application of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences please visit its website. Be certain to express your specific interest in the M.S. in PH program offered through the Department of Public Health and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences when selecting your program of study in the online application.

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General Requirements:

All applicants must submit the results of their Graduate Record Examinations (GRE). For information regarding GRE registration and test administration, please visit the Educational Testing Service(ETS) website. The institution code for the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences is 3987.

Foreign nationals must submit official test scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). This test is waived ONLY for those applicants who have (or will) receive a baccalaureate degree, or its foreign equivalent, prior to matriculation at Yale, from a college or university where English is the primary language of instruction. TOEFL scores must be sent to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (institution code 3987). We do not have a minimum GRE or TOEFL score requirement.