MD Master of Health Science
Yale University School of Medicine has established a joint degree, the M.D.-Master of Health Science (M.D.-M.H.S.) for students completing a competitively funded full fifth year of research and other requirements (see below). This program was approved by the Yale Corporation in January 2006.
There are two pathways to the M.D.- Master of Health Science degree for medical students. These are a clinical research pathway and a laboratory/translational pathway. The M.D.-Master of Health Science degree is centered around a fifth year pull out supported by a fully funded one year medical student research fellowship at Yale (currently funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute-Yale Program, Yale NIH CTSA TL1 grant, NIH-NIDDK fellowships, and Yale Endowment Fellowships).
The independent research project in the fifth year is the centerpiece of the M.D.-Master of Health Science degree program. In addition the following requirements apply:
- The project mentor and a three person thesis committee must be approved by the Office of Student Research and the M.D.-Master of Health Science Advisory Committee.
- Additional coursework is required:
- Clinical research pathway – Courses: IMED 625 Principles of Clinical Research; IMED 645 Introduction to Biostatistics; Sec Ed 104 Applied Principles of Clinical Research; Sec Ed 106 Organization and Leadership; Sect Ed 501 Responsible Conduct of Research (during Masters year)
- Laboratory/Translational research pathway – Courses: IMED 645 Introduction to Biostatistics; Intensive Pedagogical Experience in Techniques or Selected Seminars in CBB 740a Clinical and Translational Informatics; Sec Ed 106 Organization and Leadership; Sect Ed 501 Responsible Conduct of Research (during Masters year)
- These courses can be taken prior to the research year or during the research year.