Public Health

Programs of study are offered in the areas of Biostatistics (PhD or MS), Chronic Disease Epidemiology (PhD or MS), Environmental Health Sciences (PhD), Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases (PhD), Epidemiology Infectious Disease (MS), Health Informatics (MS), Health Policy and Management (PhD), or Social and Behavioral Sciences (PhD).

Terminal Degrees Offered
  • PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
  • MS - Master of Science
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Admission Requirements

Standardized Testing Requirements

GRE is required for:

Biostatistics (PhD and MS)
Chronic Disease Epidemiology (PhD)
Health Policy Management (PhD)

GRE is not accepted for:

Environmental Health Sciences (PhD)
Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases (MS)
Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases (PhD)
Social and Behavioral Sciences (PhD)
Health Informatics (MS)

Either GRE or MCAT is required for: 

Chronic Disease Epidemiology (MS)

English Language Requirement

TOEFL iBT or IELTS Academic is required of most applicants whose native language is not English. 

You may be exempt from this requirement if you have received (or will receive) an undergraduate degree from a college or university where English is the primary language of instruction, and if you have studied in residence at that institution for at least three years.

Admission Information

The Public Health program offers a PhD in the following subfields: Biostatistics, Chronic Disease Epidemiology, Environmental Health Sciences, Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases, Health Policy and Management, and Social and Behavioral Sciences.

The Public Health MS program subfields are: Biostatistics, Chronic Disease Epidemiology, Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases, and Health Informatics. Within the MS Biostatistics program, there are three pathways: Standard, Data Science, and Implementation and Prevention Science Methods. Within the Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases program, there are two specializations: Quantitative and Clinical.

The MS in Biostatistics and Health Informatics are 2-year programs. The MS In Chronic Disease Epidemiology and Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases are 1-year programs.

Applicants should select “Public Health” on the application and then the program which best matches their research interests. MS Biostatistics and Epidemiology Infectious Diseases applicants should indicate their preferred pathway or specialization in the relevant section of the application. The Biostatistics pathway can be changed during the first semester of study.

At the Yale School of Public Health, you will join a community dedicated to nurturing your intellectual and professional success in the field of public health. You will learn from national and international leaders in science-based public policy, health interventions, and basic research so that you step into a career with impact. YSPH offers many opportunities for innovation and collaboration, and students explore the interdisciplinary nature of public health through coursework and collaboration across the University.

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