24 months
25548 USD/year
25548 USD/year
12219 USD/year
Tuition fee
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At the University of Wisconsin Madison, the Department of Population Health Sciences, part of the School of Medicine and Public Health, strives to provide leadership in the emerging, integrative field of population health. 


The mission of the Department of Population Health Sciences is to create, integrate, disseminate, and apply knowledge promoting the most efficient, equitable, and effective possible use of resources to maintain and improve the health of populations.

The department at the University of Wisconsin Madison offers two graduate degree programs: an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Population Health and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Epidemiology. The M.S and Ph.D. in Population Health can also be taken with an available named option in Epidemiology.

The research-oriented degree programs are designed to provide rigorous, interdisciplinary training to develop students' abilities to synthesize knowledge and skills needed to address today's health-related problems. Methodological and analytical training is grounded in biostatistics, epidemiology, and health services research, but also emphasizes methods employed in the social sciences and econometrics that contribute to the study of health in populations. While the program is based on a sequence of core courses, students, in consultation with their major professor, have the flexibility to design advanced study and research that best prepares them for their chosen area of interest.

Learning Outcomes 

  • Articulate, critique, and elaborate the health services, health assessment, microeconomic, biostatistical, and epidemiologic foundations of Population Health research and practice.
  • Identify literature and data sources, assemble, evaluate and synthesize evidence through critical review and data analysis pertaining to questions and challenges in Population Health.
  • Demonstrate understanding of Population Health in its subject matter, historical and social context.
  • Select and utilize the most appropriate study designs and statistical methods for answering questions in Population Health.
  • Communicate clearly both in writing and orally in ways appropriate to Population Health.
  • Advance contributions to society of the methods and knowledge base of Population Health and Health Services Research.
  • Recognize and apply principles of ethical professional conduct in their scholarship.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • SAS Programming for Population Health
  • Biostatistics for Population Health
  • Regression Methods for Population Health
  • Population Health Sciences
  • Epidemiology
  • Biological Basis of Population Health

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


33 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants must fulfill all Graduate School requirements
  • Applicants must have an undergraduate degree with a grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • GRE scores no more than five years old are required for admission.
  • Applicants whose native language and language of study is not English must submit official TOEFL scores.
  • At least one semester of advanced quantitative preparation (calculus is strongly preferred) with a grade of B or better
  • A personal statement is required
  • Three letters of recommendation are to be submitted electronically

Tuition Fee

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    25548 USD/year
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  • In-State

    12219 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 12219 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Madison

1015 - 1752 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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