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MSHS in Medical Laboratory Science: Curriculum

Curriculum Details


The online Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) in Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) consists of 36 credits, including 33 credits in core courses, 6 credits in strategic leadership courses, 9 credits in graduate research courses, and 6 credits in elective courses.

MLS Courses – Core

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 – Core

An introduction to critical concepts of lab management, including leadership theory, management principles, human resource management, financial management, quality management, and laboratory operations. Prerequisites: HSCI 2100 and HSCI 2117; for HSCI 2100 an equivalent English course and for HSCI 2117 an equivalent college-level math course may be substituted at the instructor’s discretion.

Leadership characteristics and styles and assessment of their strengths and weaknesses. Applying effective leadership strategies and decision making in the laboratory medicine setting.

Graduate Research – Core

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.

The range of molecular and genetic techniques used and their applications in epidemiological investigations.

Basic methods and practices for conducting valid and ethical research in the clinical laboratory. Literature review, research populations and designs, research ethics, data management and analytics, and research publication. Prerequisites: HSCI 6263.


6 credits in graduate distance learning courses in medical laboratory sciences, clinical operations and health care management, health care quality, regulatory affairs, and clinical research administration, selected in consultation with the program advisor.

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