MSHS in Clinical Microbiology

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The online Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) in Clinical Microbiology is a 36 credit hour program that provides students with clinical microbiology and laboratory science coursework as well as a hands-on microbiology practicum.


This program is intended for individuals who are interested in becoming board certified in Microbiology. It is not intended for students who are already Microbiology or MLS certified. The curriculum will prepare students for a diagnostic microbiology laboratory position, and provides eligibility for national certification examinations in clinical microbiology. The program also includes additional graduate coursework to prepare students for careers in research institutions, public health laboratories, biotechnology firms, pharmaceutical companies or governmental agencies.

Course Offerings

Medical Laboratory Science Courses

MLS 6216 Microbial Pathogenesis (3 credits)

A comprehensive overview of the molecular basis of diseases caused by microbial pathogens with a focus on model microbial systems to illustrate mechanisms of the human infectious disease process.

MLS 6217 Medical Biotechnology (2 credits)

This course provides a comprehensive overview of current molecular technologies and how they are used in modern medicine.

MLS 6141 Advanced Immunology and Serology (3 credits)

This course covers the principles of the immune system and the clinical applications of immunology related to the diagnosis of human diseases. The first half of the course will focus on the components of the immune system and the various functions of each. The second half of the course covers the various immune-related diseases and also addresses how immunologic assays are used in the clinical setting to diagnose and monitor various disease states.

MLS 6123 Advanced Clinical Microbiology I (3 credits)

This course covers the pathogenic characteristics, isolation techniques, specimen collection and handling, laboratory identification, and treatment of medically significant bacteria and viruses with an emphasis on current diagnostic techniques used in clinical practice.

MLS 6115 Advanced Clinical Parasitology and Mycology (1 credits)

This course is designed to provide the student with a systematic approach to the biology and epidemiology of human parasitic and fungal diseases. The course will cover the symptomology, pathology, diagnostic procedures and treatment of the various parasites and fungi that infect humans. Other topics including disease causation and specimen collection/handling will be discussed.

MLS 6124 Advanced Clinical Microbiology II (2 credits)

This course presents the etiology of infectious diseases in different body sites using a case-study‐based approach. It emphasizes the epidemiology, pathogenic mechanisms, and laboratory identification of suspected etiologic agents. Commonly encountered clinical species will be discussed using case studies that include clinical history, signs and symptoms, and laboratory test results of diseases produced by the etiologic agents.

MLS 6158 Advanced Laboratory Management and Operations (3 credits)

The laboratory environment is constantly responding to diverging trends in healthcare. This course provides students with a problem-based approach to the principles of laboratory management and will focus on managerial concepts that will provide opportunities to apply theoretical management models to real-life situations in the clinical laboratory.

MLS 6151 Advanced Molecular Diagnostics (3 credits)

The advances in scientific technology have expanded the interest and applicability of nucleic acid based analysis within clinical diagnostic laboratories and routine screening procedures. This course provides an overview of molecular biology and genetic concepts as well as the molecular techniques used to diagnose human diseases. The course will emphasize the technology, theory, and methodology of specific molecular protocols that can be utilized within a clinical and research laboratory setting to aid in disease diagnosis, including those of genetic, oncogenic, and infectious origin.

Graduate Research Courses
HSCI 6263 Biostatistics for Clinical & Translational Research (3 credits)

One learns a foundation in the basic concepts and methods of biostatistics applied to translational research. Topics include distributions, populations and sample selection, variables, interaction and confounding, hypothesis formulation, correlation, t-tests, ANOVA, regression, and chi-square analysis.

HSCI 6264 Epidemiology for Clinical and Translational Research (3 credits)

This course is designed to be a foundation of basic concepts and methods of epidemiology and their application in measuring, students utilize this course to study and improve the health of populations and learn of its applications for translational research.

MLS 6244 Research Ethics & Scientific Integrity (3 credits)

Traditional and modern topics in research ethics and scientific integrity. Students will learn to conduct unbiased peer-review, conduct research, and report on an independent case examinations, research misconduct or other ethical issues, and participate in oral scientific and ethical discussions.

Clinical Practicum
MLS 4164 Clinical Microbiology Practicum (4 credits)

The Clinical Microbiology Practicum is a 4-week, required clinical rotation for students in the BSHS in MLS or the post-baccalaureate MLS and Clinical Microbiology certificate programs. During this practicum course, the student will actively engage in applying the medical knowledge and clinical skills gained in the didactic Advanced Clinical Microbiology I (MLS 6114), Advanced Clinical Microbiology II (MLS 6124) and Advanced Molecular Diagnostics courses (MLS 6151).

Elective Course (3 credits)

Course selected, in consultation with program director, from existing online graduate courses in Medical Laboratory Sciences or Health Sciences.

Transfer Credits

Up to six credit hours of previously earned graduate-level coursework may be accepted as transfer credit. Please contact the program office for the full policy and guidelines.

Official transfer credit evaluations are conducted only for admitted students.