About the MPHS Program

Helping Physicians and Researchers Accelerate Their Clinical Outcomes Research Methods Expertise

The Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis is consistently ranked as one of the top U.S. medical institutions for research and patient care (U.S. News & World Report). The Master of Population Health Sciences (MPHS) degree program was established in 2010 by Graham Colditz, MD, DrPH, chief, Division of Public Health Sciences, Department of Surgery. The MPHS program prepares students for distinguished clinical research careers by accelerating and deepening their expertise in population health and clinical outcomes research. 

Students gain a strong foundation and hands-on experience in leading, designing, conducting and moving clinical research findings to applications that will improve patient care and treatment. Students also establish a broad network of mentors and collaborators by interacting with Washington University medical and public health faculty renowned for teaching, patient care, public health practice, and ongoing cutting-edge research in the United States and around the world. 

The Master of Population Health Sciences program’s uniquely thorough curriculum and clinically-relevant courses are designed to ensure that students substantially advance their research methods competency and boost their research productivity through applied coursework rather than a thesis or capstone requirement. Applied coursework means that MPHS students use their own research projects and data sets for projects in almost every course. MPHS students graduate with papers ready for publishing, grants written, approved study protocols, and much more.

The MPHS Program Committee, comprised of Washington University School of Medicine leaders from many specialties, provides valuable input on program goals, course offerings, and student applications. 

MPHS Program Committee Members


MPHS Student Profile: Why I Applied