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BU: New MS in Population Health Research Offers Specialized Training, Mentoring

The new Master of Science in Population Health Research degree program at the Boston University School of Public Health will equip the next generation of researchers with a solid foundation of the theory and practice of public health research. The program offers four specialization areas: climate and healthepidemiologyglobal health, and translation and implementation science, along with the opportunity to customize the degree.

Each specialization arms students with in-depth training on the research methods and tools that will prepare them for research careers in government, academia, industry, nonprofits, and more. The customizable option, which can include tracks such as social and health policy analysis or clinical trials, enables students to gain foundational and technical skills specific to their interests.

A key component of the degree program is the 400 hours of research that students complete with a faculty member.

“The mentored research is a really special feature of this program,” says Dr. Andrew Stokes, director of the degree program and an assistant professor of global health. “Students will work closely with a faculty member and develop a concrete deliverable, such as a policy paper or a research manuscript. They will produce something that they’re really proud of.”

Throughout the program, students will engage with a “unique community of scholars, experts in public health practice, and activists who are thought leaders in their fields, spanning the opioid crisis, youth vaping, LGBTQ+ health, climate change, and more,” says Dr. Stokes. “Across all specializations, they will have rigorous training in critical evaluation, data science, and the analysis and synthesis of research findings.”

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