Applied Health Research and Evaluation (MS)


Degrees Offered


The purpose of the M.S. in Applied Health Research and Evaluation is to produce highly-qualified, multi-dimensional health research associate who incorporate skills from, and collaborate among, a wide range of disciplines.  Graduates of this program will possess fundamental research and evaluation skills to enhance oversight and accountability, assess program effectiveness, improve the efficacy and efficiency of services, and provide structure for data-informed decision-making. 

The combination of a strong conceptual framework, fundamental research and evaluation skills, and application to a cognate area (outside the department) is designed to equip graduates with a depth and breadth of knowledge in applied health research and evaluation that makes them highly competitive for employment in academia, healthcare settings, state and local public health agencies, non-profit organizations, government, and the applied health research community. 

For more information

For more information, please contact the Graduate Student Services Coordinator, Rebecca Coffey Moses at or the Graduate Programs Coordinator, Dr. Joel Williams at or call (864) 656-5502 for more information.

A formal Graduate School application is required to be considered in the applicant pool.  More information about the application process can be found here.

The program goals are to prepare researchers to:
(1) Support applied research and evaluation collaboratives to improve a wide variety of health delivery systems.

(2) Enhance oversight and accountability in health services delivery and in the development of healthcare programs.

(3) Improve the effectiveness and efficiency of public and private health and medical services delivery systems.

(4) Provide structure for data-informed decision making to empower change in population and healthcare practice.

Graduates will work as integral parts of collaborative research teams assessing the efficacy and effectiveness of program and interventions, improving the efficiency of health services, and providing data-based evidence to drive informed decision-making.  

More information can be found in  this graduate handbook


Program of Study

The M.S. degree requires 18 hours of core courses and 12 hours of cognate courses.  Each course must earn a “C” or higher to apply towards the degree, and the student’s overall GPR must be a 3.0 or higher.  

Cognate courses are elective graduate courses chosen with the assistance and approval of the student’s advisor.  These courses improve the depth of understanding in the student’s chosen research area, and may include courses that focus on content, skills/methodology development, or career goals.  Examples would include courses that focus on population health, clinical and translational science, proposal writing, teaching, advanced statistics, etc.  

This program is offered in both 12-month and 24-month formats.  Core courses are offered at the University Center in Greenville, SC, and courses completed through this program can be applied towards the Ph.D. in Applied Health Research and Evaluation.  Separate application is required.

For highly qualified undergraduate students seeking to begin earning their master’s degree while simultaneously completing their bachelor’s degree in Health Science, an accelerated B.S. to M.S. degree is available.  Students interested in this route should contact Mrs. Rebecca Coffey Moses for more information.

Core Courses (18 credit hours)

HLTH 8030(3 cr)Theory and Determinants in Health Research

HLTH 8090(3 cr)Epidemiological Research

HLTH 8110(3 cr)Health Care Delivery Systems

HLTH 8210(3 cr)Health Research – Design and Measurement

HLTH 8310(3 cr)Foundations of Evaluation in Health

HLTH 8410(3 cr)Quant Methods (or approved graduate statistics course)

Cognate Courses (12 credit hours)

Elective courses planned by the student and academic advisor and approved by the department.


Required Documents

Applicants for the M.S. in Applied Health Research and Evaluation must meet the University minimum requirement of (at minimum) a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a B (3.0) average in upper division courses and/or prior graduate study as well as satisfactory performance on the verbal and quantitative sections for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).  Competitive MCAT scores may be submitted in lieu of GRE scores in some cases.  This requirement is waived for graduates (or students in good standing) of the Clinical and Translational Research Graduate Certificate program.  International applicants must also report TOEFL scores.

All application requirements must be submitted to Clemson University through the on-line application system found here. 

Required application materials include:

  • Statement of Purpose

The Statement of Purpose should address your purpose for undertaking or continuing graduate study, your research interests, and your professional plans/experience or career goals. Please, describe your background, including you academic and/or experiential preparation for this field of study, a description of your current research experience, and any special circumstances applicable to your background and interest in pursuing an M.S. in Applied Health Research and Evaluation. The recommended length for the Statement of Purpose is two pages.

  • Resume

The Resume should include:

- Education Background

- Certifications

- Work Experience

- Professional Publications

- Professional Presentations

- Teaching Experience

- Academic/Experiential preparatin related to: Research,Math, Statistic, and Epidemiology

  • Unofficial Transcript

Official transcripts are only required for those applicants who are offered admission; it is not necessary to submit an official transcript unless you receive an offer of admission.  Preferred course background includes: courses in introductory statistics, calculus, and research.

  • GRE Scores

 GRE scores are required for admission.  Competitive MCAT scores may be substituted in lieu of GRE scores on a case by case basis.This requirement is waived for graduates (or students in goodstanding) of the Clinical and Translational Research Graduate Certificate program.

  • TOEFL Scores (International Students Only)

A satisfactory score is required for International Students whose native language is not English.

  • Letters of Recommendation

Please, submit two letters of recommendation. One of these should be from an academic source if possible.

Note: Letters of recommendation are submitted via an online recommendation system accessed through the electronic application. You will need to provide the names and email addresses of your recommenders when you complete the application for admission. Once the application has been submitted, an email will be sent to each of your recommenders.This email will inform them how to complete the online Letter of Recommendation.  To ensure receipt of this email, please inform each recommender about this email prior to the submission of your application.If you recommenders fail to complete the recommendation letter, you may go back into the application and remind them.  


The School or Program offers a number of graduate assistantships to students each year based on merit. These are offered in the form of stipends and the additional benefit of tuition remission. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester to qualify for a graduate assistantship and must work a minimum of 10 hours a week as a teaching or research assistant or perform other tasks assigned by the School or Program.


Program Contact(s)

Program Coordinator(s)