FAQs About Master of Population Health Sciences Program
How many credits can I take each semester?
A minimum of 12 credit hours is required for a full-time student status, and the maximum courseload is 18 credit hours per semester. Overload requests must be approved by the Program Director.
Can courses be taken pass/fail?
At least 18 of the required 33 credit hours must be taken for a grade. Required courses cannot be taken pass/fail.
What is the minimum GPA required for graduation?
Students must maintain an overall grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. A minimum grade of “B” (3.0) is necessary in the required courses.
Can I transfer credit?
Transfer credit from courses taken outside of Washington University will not be accepted. A maximum of 12 transfer credits will be accepted for courses taken through other Washington University schools and programs. Medical school coursework will not be accepted for transfer credit.
Do withdrawals show up on my transcript?
Students will not receive a “W” on their transcripts if they withdraw from a course within the first week of an 8-week course or the third week of a 16-week course. Anyone who withdraws after those dates will receive a “W” on the transcript.
Can I be a part-time student?
The program is designed for full-time study. Part-time study is allowed, but students are expected to complete the degree within 3 years of matriculation. Students wishing part-time study need approval of the program director.
Can I take courses as a non-matriculated student?
A maximum of 12 credits may be taken on a non-matriculated basis. Any courses taken as non-matriculated status may be applied to the degree within three years of taking the classes.
Does the program offer summer classes or workshops?
As the program grows, it is anticipated that additional summer short courses and/or workshops will be added to the curriculum.
Can I apply if I don't have a clinical degree?
The program is designed for students who have clinical training or expertise in healthcare or a health-related field. The pace of coursework assumes students have familiarity with clinical medicine.
Can I complete a concentration within the degree?
Yes, in addition to the MPHS core courses, students may take five classes in a concentration track to further specialize their research methods studies. The MPHS program currently offers four concentrations. The concentrations are Clinical Epidemiology, Health Services, Quantitative Methods, and Psychiatric and Behavioral Health Sciences.
Are online courses offered?
Currently, no courses are offered online.