Master of Health Science Degree Program for Departments and Programs

Yale University School of Medicine has established the Master of Health Science (MHS) degree for approved departments and programs. Currently there are eleven departments and programs that are approved to offer the MHS degree. The departments and programs are listed below with the name of the Director.

Departments or ProgramsDirector
Anesthesiology   Dr. Jerry Collins
Emergency MedicineDr. Steven Bernstein
GeriatricsDr. Thomas Gill
Internal MedicineDr. Stephen Huot
Laboratory MedicineDr. Brian Smith
NeurologyDr. David Greer
PediatricsDr. Eugene Shapiro
Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program*    
Dr. Harlan Krumholz
Surgical Residency Program          Dr. John Geibel
Yale Center for Clinical Investigation (YCCI) Scholars ProgramDr. Eugene Shapiro
Yale Center for Medical InformaticsDr. Perry Miller

Potential applicants must contact the Director of the MHS program in the department or program they are applying to before submitting an application. Applications from departments and programs above will be accepted yearly only on February 15th. Requirements for the MHS degree are listed below:

a. A full-length original thesis of approximately 50-60 page in length and reviewed and approved by a three person Thesis Committee.

b. Meet with the Thesis Committee 2 - 3 times a year to evaluate if adequate progress is being made and suggestions for correction if adequate progress is not being made.

c. Prepare at least one manuscript for publication in a peer reviewed journal.

d. Present data once per calendar year in a departmental research seminar, participate in a final summary seminar at the conclusion of two years in the laboratory. 

e. Participate in Departmental Grand Rounds. 

f. Required courses: A minimum of three courses are required for the degree, whether the applicant is conducting patient oriented research, laboratory research or translational research. These are IMED 645 (Introduction to Biostatistics); IMED 625 (Principles of Clinical Research) and IMED 630 Ethical and Practical Issues in Clinical Investigation or Sect Ed 501 Responsible Conduct of Research.

g. For those conducting clinical research, possible alternative required courses in the place of IMED 645 and IMED 625 are: IMED 660, 661 and 662, Methods in Clinical Research.

h. At least two elective courses for each applicant are recommended. It is strongly recommended that CBB 740a, Clinical and Translational Informatics (selected seminars) for those conducting laboratory or translational research should be taken as an elective. Also IMED 655, Writing Your First Grant, should be taken as an elective if class size permits. Applicants are advised to speak with members of the MHS Degree Advisory Committee to choose electives best suited to their project and career goals. For those conducting clinical research, Harlan Krumholz and Nancy Kim should be consulted on electives. For those conducting laboratory or translational research Joseph Craft, Jim Jamieson or John Forrest should be consulted.

i. Indicate how the three person thesis committee will be arranged. One member should come from outside the department or program of the faculty advisor. The advisor and applicant are required to accept persons proposed for this committee by the MHS Degree Advisory Committee. The final thesis must be presented to the three person thesis committee in an open forum.

j. Tuition - Please contact Diana Sellers at diana.sellers@yale.edu in the Office of Student Research for details regarding tuition. The tuition for the degree is $28,000 of which $7,500 is required to be paid. It is required that each applicant indicate how this $7,500 will be paid at the time of application. The balance ($28K - $7.5K) will either be a waived fee by the Medical School or can be supported by an NIH training grant from the responsible department.

Application to the MHS Program for approved Departments and Programs

*Separate application is required