MSHS in Molecular Diagnostic Science

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The online Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) in Molecular Diagnostic Science is a 35 credit hour program that prepares students with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills for positions in diagnostic clinical laboratories, public health laboratories, biotechnology companies, government agencies, law enforcement agencies, and research institutes. In addition, students who complete this program will be eligible to take the Molecular Biology Board of Certification examination offered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).


The curriculum will also ensure that graduates will be prepared to pursue an advanced degree beyond the Master’s level if they so choose. The online MSHS in Molecular Diagnostic Science consists of 35 credit hours, including 26 hours of MLS coursework to develop a foundational understanding of molecular biology and biotechnology and to apply this knowledge through an internship or mentored research project, 3 credit hours of quantitative data analysis, 3 credits of leadership concepts in a clinical setting, and 3 credit hours in ethical implications and research.

Course Offerings

Medical Laboratory Science Courses

MLS 6219 Molecular Biology (3 credits)

This course will emphasize the molecular mechanisms of DNA replication, repair, transcription, translation and gene regulation in prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.

MLS 6218 Genetics (3 credits)

This course will cover hereditary and molecular genetics, with an emphasis on genomics and human diseases.

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 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 6217 Medical Biotechnology (2 credits)

A comprehensive overview of current molecular technologies and how they are used in modern medicine.

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.

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.

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.

Clinical Practicum*

MLS 6166 Molecular Diagnostics Practicum* (3 credits)

During this practicum course, the student will actively engage in applying molecular techniques to diagnose various human diseases.

* May be substituted with an elective for students with current clinical molecular laboratory experience.
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.