Curriculum Overview

Full-time MS students are expected to complete 24-26 hours of coursework during Year 1 of the program (including the summer term), and subsequently conduct independent research work (and some additional coursework for the learning health system science track) during Year Two.

Links to sample full-time plans of study for each track are shown below. Part-time plans of study are available in consultation with the program co-directors.

Selected coursework is required for both tracks, offering students some flexibility in track selection. Courses shown as “core” are required. Electives are available for each track, but neither track requires any electives as degree requirements. As stated above, a concentration in Antimicrobial Stewardship and Infection Prevention (ASIP) is available, but not required.

Students pursuing a medical or physician assistant degree at Wake Forest School of Medicine can incorporate the THSS MS into their training. 

Graduate Certificates

In addition to the MS degree, two abbreviated plans of study resulting in the granting of a graduate certificate may be suitable for some students. To receive a certificate in either the CTI or LHSS track, students will need to complete at least 15 hours of coursework from specific courses in either track, complete ethics training requirements, and demonstrate competency in graduate-level biostatistics. Students generally complete all required course work in one calendar year. Links to specific requirements and sample plans of study can be found here:

Courses offered in the program emphasize biostatistics, epidemiology, bioinformatics, implementation science, organizational change, the learning health system, clinical trials, and applied clinical and population research methods, along with the responsible conduct of research and scientific communication. Courses are primarily taught by faculty within the Division of Public Health Sciences and the Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute.

The Graduate School Bulletin includes further information about courses and degree requirements.