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MSHS in Translational Microbiology: Curriculum

Curriculum Details


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.

Medical Laboratory Science Courses

This course is designed to provide the student with a systematic approach to the biology and epidemiology of human parasitic, fungal and viral diseases. The course will cover the symptomology, pathology, diagnostic procedures and treatment of the various parasites, fungi and viruses that infect humans. Other topics including disease causation and specimen collection/handling will be discussed.

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

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 Courses (Select 1)

An introduction to critical concepts of lab management, including leadership theory, management principles, human resource management, financial management, quality management, and laboratory operations.

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 Courses

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.

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.

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 elective credits in Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) courses selected with the approval of program director.

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