MSHS in Medical Laboratory Sciences

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The online Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) in Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) consists of 36 credit hours, including 15 credit hours in the field of MLS and a mentored research project, 6 credit hours of strategic leadership courses, 12 credits of graduate research coursework, and a 3 credit hour elective. This non-clinical program is open only to students who are currently MLT or MLS/MT/CLS certified, specialist ceritfied (e.g. SBB), or subject technologist certification. Please contact the program office for more information about eligibility.

Course Offerings

Medical Laboratory Science Courses

MLS 6242: Molecular Pathology (3 credits)

Investigation of human disease processes with an emphasis on the molecular and genetic mechanisms of disease. The goal of this class is to advance students’ understanding of how molecular, cellular and genetic approaches are used to investigate human diseases.

MLS 6243: Education and Assessment in MLS (3 credits)

A study of instructional design as applied to the education and training of MLS professionals; a project-oriented course in which students design, develop, and evaluate a set of MLS instructional materials and assessment tools.

MLS 6244: Research Ethics and 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.

MLS 6245: Current Topics in MLS (3 credits)

Exploration of findings within the medical laboratory science field. Current topics will be integrated into the development of a required project proposal for the capstone research project that the student will complete in the following semester.

MLS 6246: Capstone Project (3 credits)

Students apply the knowledge gained throughout the program to complete an independent, mentored project. A proposal for the capstone project will have been developed by the student as a component of the Current Topics in MLS course (MLS 6245) during the previous semester.

Strategic Leadership Courses
HSCI 6223: Topics in Health Care Leadership (3 credits)

Requires students to think critically about leadership concepts by analyzing and evaluating academic articles associated with leadership, change management and systems development. Topics in Healthcare Leadership is designed to use course content as a mechanism for developing critical thinking skills. This is a course that requires academic writing, contrasting and comparing and ideas, and extrapolating current literature into practical application. The focus is on thinking. While very structured, the course is not didactic in nature. This course is interdisciplinary and exposes students to other disciplines and worldviews that make up the health care sector in society, broadening the student’s overall perspective.

HSCI 6241: The Health Care Enterprise (3 credits)

Designed the around the development of an enterprise strategic plan, exposes the student to the essential components of business administration. The student identifies an enterprise, develops a mission and vision, strategic initiatives, a marketing strategy, and an economic model for sustainability. Through the development of an integrated strategic plan the student builds an understanding of the intricacies of managing and leading a business unit. This course has a primary deliverable outside of the weekly discussions in which material for the final plan is developed. Current environmental pressures and health care reform measures that have significant impact on the health care enterprise inform the course. This course is interdisciplinary and exposes students to other disciplines and worldviews that make up the health care sector in society, broadening the student’s overall perspective.

Graduate Research Courses
HSCI 6263: Biostatistics for Clinical and 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.

HSCI 6270: Research Methods for Health Professionals I (3 credits)

This course and HSci 271 are designed to provide the graduate student with the foundations necessary to conduct graduate level research using both quantitative and qualitative analytical methods. HSci 270 will provide a broad foundational basis from which the student can then pursue a more focused research project in HSci 271 tailored to the student’s program of study.

HSCI 6271: Research Methods for Health Professionals II (3 credits)

Provides the knowledge and skills to critically appraise and synthesize clinical research, evaluate evidence-based methods, develop research questions, and identify appropriate inquiry methodologies. Building on basic statistical and epidemiological concepts acquired in HSCI270, students learn the essentials of research study design. By reviewing the literature and critically examining clinical research studies, students explore the similarities, differences, benefits, and limitations of diverse approaches to clinical research design, and obtain the knowledge and skills needed to make evidence-based decisions to inform healthcare practice.

Elective Course (3 credits)

Course selected, in consultation with program advisor, from existing online graduate courses in Medical Laboratory Sciences, Clinical Management and Leadership, Health Care Quality, Regulatory Affairs or Clinical Research Administration.

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.