Public Health Sciences

Educational Programs

Master of Public Health (MPH)

Public Health is an exciting and growing field that lets you make a real impact on the world around you. Public Health saves lives—your life, the lives of your family and friends, and the lives of people around the world.

Our MPH program is dedicated to providing students with the knowledge and skills needed to improve health and healthcare among diverse populations through public health education, practice, and research.

Master of Science in Clinical Investigation

Clinical research is medical research designed to discover better ways to treat, prevent, diagnose, and understand human disease. Clinical research includes trials that test new treatments and therapies as well as long–term natural history studies, which provide valuable information about how disease and health progress.

Students in our MS-CLI program develop expertise in clinical epidemiology, research study design, clinical decision-making, and the evaluation of health care services.

Health Services Research and Policy Masters and PhD Programs

Health Services Research examines how people access health care, cost of care, and patients as a result of this care. The main goals of health services research are to identify the most effective ways to organize, manage, finance, and deliver high quality care; reduce medical errors; and improve patient safety.

Master of Science in Health Services Research and Policy (MS-HSRP)

Students in our MS-HSRP program obtain a multi-disciplinary foundation in the fundamental elements of health services research that prepares them for positions in a wide variety of private and public institutions engaged in health care management, health services research, or health policy work

PhD in Health Services Research and Policy

The University of Rochester’s doctoral program in health services research and policy is designed to produce researchers who generate knowledge and strategies used in solving healthcare problems. Our alumni have gone on to jobs such as faculty positions at Duke, Yale, Brown, other universities around the US, RAND, other think tanks and consulting firms, and government positions such as in the Department of Health and Human Services.

PhD in Epidemiology

Epidemiology is the science that studies the patterns, causes, and effects of health and disease conditions in defined populations. It is the cornerstone of public health, and informs policy decisions and evidence-based practice by identifying risk factors for disease and targets for preventive healthcare.

Our Epidemiology PhD program emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach to community and population-based research that is founded on rigorous principles of risk assessment, research methodologies and analytic techniques. Our students live, learn and grow in an academic environment that nurtures individuality, scientific inquiry, intellectual discussion, and personal development.

MD/Master Program

The MD/Master's program allows medical students to earn a Master’s degree along with their medical degree.

MD/PhD Program

The MD/PhD program allows medical students to earn a PhD degree along with their medical degree.

Preventive Medicine Residency

The overall aim of the two-year Preventive Medicine Residency curriculum is the comprehensive education and training of the general preventive medicine/public health practitioner and to also provide the opportunity to obtain a solid experience in providing preventive medical care.

Course Offerings

Fall 2014 Semester Courses

All PHS Courses

2014 Graduate Student Handbook



Please feel free to contact individual instructors for any course-specific questions you may have or contact our Graduate Programs Administrator at:

(585) 275-7882

What Students Are Saying

"Being right next to the medical center is a huge asset, I think, to the program. You get to connect with real-life projects and people that are working in public health."

"There’s a lot of time to spend with professors, with your fellow students who are going through the same experience you are, but it’s very intimate. You get to know each other personally and academically."