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 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 except the Ethical and Practical Issues in Clinical Investigation course and seminars below must be taken during the Masters year.