MSHS in Translational Microbiology

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The online Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) in Translational Microbiology consist of 36 credit hours. Completion of the program prepares students with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills for research positions in public health microbiology laboratories, biotechnology companies, government agencies and research institutes. This program is ideal for students who already have Microbiology or MLS certification or for individuals who do not have an interest in becoming certified Microbiologists. 


The MSHS in Translational Microbiology consists of 36 credit hours, including 18 hours of MLS coursework to develop a foundational understanding of microbiological sciences and to apply this knowledge through a mentored research project, 12 credit hours of quantitative data analysis, 3 credits of strategic leadership concepts, and 3 credit hours in ethical implications and research. By completing coursework from various programs within Health Sciences, students will gain a working knowledge of both basic and clinical aspects of infectious disease and will graduate with the credentials needed to work in a clinical, basic or applied research setting. The curriculum will also ensure that graduates will be prepared to pursue an advanced degree beyond the Master’s level if they so choose.

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 6115 Advanced Parasitology and Mycology (1 credit)

A systematic approach to the biology and epidemiology of human parasitic and fungal diseases. The symptomology, pathology, diagnostic procedures, and treatment of the various parasites and fungi that infect humans. Other topics include disease causation and specimen collection/handling.

MLS 6217 Medical Biotechnology (2 credits)

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

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 & 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 I 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 II 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.

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.

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.

Strategic Leadership Course

Students select only one course from this section, in consultation with the program director:

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.

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 6240 Issues and Trends in Health Systems (3 credits)

You will examine clinical research and health care environments at the macro-level, which translates to identifying and examining the larger contemporary issues, trends, policies, and pressures that influence and shape current clinical research and health care practices.

Elective Course (6 credits)

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