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MSHS in Medical Laboratory Science: Curriculum

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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.


Students examine leadership/leadership change theories in the healthcare industry setting, as well as management and communications strategies, and values in a systems framework Students examine topic areas such as populations, sample selection, variables, hypothesis formulation, correlation, t-tests, ANOVA, regression, and chi-square analysis. Students examine output from statistical software (SPSS and SAS), practice problems and reviews of scientific literature through assignments such as a research analysis plan.

An overview of global business principles related to health care systems: the management of patient-centered care delivery, marketing, finance and fiscal management principles, information technology, and quality improvement.

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.

Students explore the basic concepts of epidemiology which includes various epidemiological study designs used to examine disease frequency, cause-effect relationships between risk factors and disease states, and effects of bias as examples. Students apply epidemiologic concepts in the context of translational research.

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.

This course continues work initiated in HSCI 6270 Research Methods for the Health Professions I. In Research Methods II, students will build upon their knowledge and skills pertaining to the evaluation of evidence, the development of a research question and the design of a methodology appropriate for the inquiry. An understanding of the mechanics and fundamental components of data analysis will also be covered Students should have completed HSCI 6270 prior to registering for this course.

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.


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

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