In Purdue University’s Master of Science and PhD public health programs, you are not only trained in core public health disciplines, but you will also expand your knowledge and research skills in a specific public health area under the supervision of one or more of our faculty members.

Program Highlights

  • You will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with a faculty member to gain individualized mentorship.
  • Our faculty have expertise in women’s health, health disparities, prevention science, community-engaged research, intervention and implementation science, epidemiology and biostatistics as well as health systems and policies.
  • With a wide range of research and practical experiences, you will be engaged in hands-on learning in the field.

Potential Careers

  • Health education specialist and health behaviorist
  • Health management administrator
  • Health care professional
  • Public health official
  • Biostatistician

Plan of Study

Upon admission to the Master of Science or PhD program in the Department of Public Health, you will identify or be assigned a major professor who will act as the chair of your advisory committee and will agree to supervise your graduate study, research and writing. Your major professor, the advisory committee and you will work together on defining a plan of study that will fulfill program requirements and your interests.  

You should file a plan of study by the end of the second or third semester.

MS Plan of Study PhD Plan of Study Academic Planning Guide

Upon completion of your degree, you will be able to:

Public Health Conceptual Knowledge

Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and understanding of current issues and debates in public healthXX
Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of theoretical and multidisciplinary concepts relevant to public healthXX
Incorporate knowledge of cultural, social, behavioral and biological factors in formulating and implementing public health research or practiceXX
Analyze a particular public health issue — including appropriate measures of prevalence, incidence, association and impact — and be able to identify data sources as well as strengths and limitations of studiesXX


Critically analyze research for appropriateness of study design, sample, measures, data analysis, results, interpretation and dissemination XX
Demonstrate critical-thinking skills, theory and methodology necessary to address topics of public health researchXX
Demonstrate understanding of principles and guidelines associated with responsible conduct of researchXX
Design and conduct original research in public healthX

Communication and Professional Development

Develop professional skills in scientific writing and oral communicationXX
Disseminate effective and substantive public health-related research through presentations and publicationsXX
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Our faculty engage in a wide array of research topics to advance public health, from investigating strategies to improve health care for individuals in the LGBTQ community to improving health policies for women. As a graduate student, you’ll have the opportunity to work alongside faculty to explore research within your area of interest.


Research Areas

  • Women’s Health
  • Health Disparities
  • Prevention Science
  • Community-Engaged Research
  • Intervention and Implementation Science
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Health Systems and Policies

Research Facilities

  • Depending on availability, research opportunities are available in various faculty labs.


Christine Ladisch

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