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Subplan Advisory Committee
Dr. Sharon Medcalf (Chair and Program Director), Dr. Eleanor Rogan, and Dr. Jenenne Geske

MS Curriculum

The Health Practice and Medical Education Research sub-plan was created to support several growing scholarly areas of interest in the MSIA. The following are examples of emerging research interest areas:

  • Health Education Research
  • Higher Education System Level Research
  • Emergency Preparedness Research
  • Healthcare Quality and Process Research

These scholarly areas are in need of evidence-based research to eventually guide practice and this MSIA subplan supports the next generation of researchers in these and related areas as they advance their fields. 

General Requirements

  • Completion of at least 30 semester credits beyond the bachelor's degree, including both lecture coursework and research credits 
  • Completion of coursework 
  • Completion of the comprehensive examination 
  • Completion of a research project consistent with a master's level achievement 
  • Completion and successful defense of a master's thesis (Thesis Option)

 Coursework: Thesis Option

Students pursuing the Master of Science degree (Thesis Option) in MSIA - Health Practice & Medical Education Research must complete the following courses:

Statistics Requirements
BIOS 806BIOSTATISTICS3
BIOS 808BIOSTATISTICS II3
BIOS 835DESIGN OF MEDICAL HEALTH STUDIES3
(or other graduate-level Biostatistics courses within the NU system and approved by the HPMER Sub-plan Committee)
Core Curriculum
A course in grant writing is required. Students must select a grant writing course in consultation with their Supervisory Committee.
MSIA 910HUMAN SUBJECTS RESEARCH MANAGEMENT2
MSIA 970SEMINAR (to be taken for two semesters)2
MSIA 899MASTERS THESIS1-9
Electives (2 courses)
Students will work with their Supervisory Committee to choose appropriate electives

Coursework:  Non-Thesis Option

The Non-Thesis option for the Health Practice and Medical Education Research subplan is for students who opt to discontinue their training in medical school after recognizing that clinical practice as a physician is not in line with their personal and professional goals.  This non-thesis option is an "off ramp" degree option for such students to prepare them to enter careers related to health professions but not involving a medical degree.

Core Curriculum
MSIA 825RESEARCH AND SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATION IN THE HEALTH SCIENCES 2
MSIA 970SEMINAR1
IPBS 801FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOMOLECULES3
IPBS 802MOLECULAR CELL BIOLOGY2
IPBS 803FUNDAMENTALS OF RECEPTORS & CELL SIGNALING2
BMB 815METABOLISM2
GCBA 813NEUROANATOMY LECTURE2
GCBA 814NEUROANATOMY LAB1
GCBA 825HUMAN HISTOLOGY5
GCBA 908GROSS ANATOMY LECTURE5
GCBA 909GROSS ANATOMY LABORATORY6
PAMM 857INTRODUCTORY IMMUNOLOGY2
PAMM 870BASIC PATHOLOGY FOR THE RESEARCHER2