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Graduate Program Director 
Dr. Laura Bilek 

The Medical Sciences Interdepartmental Area (MSIA) graduate program is structured to meet the needs of students seeking a Master of Science degree from UNMC with a focus on clinical, multi-disciplinary research and those pursuing clinically-relevant basic research training that may not be provided by other graduate or professional degree programs.  

The program is intended for those who wish to pursue individually designed programs of an interdisciplinary nature within the medical sciences.  Participating departments or research areas are called MSIA “sub-plans," with the MS degree offered by the following sub-plans:

  • Biological Defense and Health Security
  • Clinical & Translational Research Mentored Scholars Program
  • Clinically Relevant Basic Research
  • Health Practice & Medical Education Research
  • Oral Biology
  • Patient-Oriented Research (with Thesis and Non-Thesis Options)