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Yale School of Medicine

Master of Health Science (MHS) with a Clinical Informatics Focus for Postdoctoral Fellows

Yale School of Medicine offers a Master of Health Science (MHS) degree with a clinical informatics focus. This degree is designed for postdoctoral informatics fellows who are clinicians. Fellows enrolled for this degree will complete an MHS research project and will also take a variety of courses focused on clinical/ translational research, medical informatics, and related courses and seminars. The specific courses taken by each fellow can be tailored to that individual's background, interests, and career plans. Dr. Melnick serves as the Track Director. The MHS degree is designed to be completed in 2 years.

Coursework required of MHS students in the Clinical Informatics Track is outlined below.

MHS Clinical Informatics Track Curriculum

CBB 740 Clinical and Translational Informatics

CBB 750 Core Topics in Biomedical Informatics and Data Science

BIS 562 Clinical Decision Support

IMED 630 Ethical and Practical Issues in Clinical Investigation or MBB 601b

IMED 625 Principles of Clinical Research

IMED 645 Introduction to Biostatistics

IMED 665 Writing Your First Grant (recommended)

Electives (2) courses in consultation with their research advisor, the Pathway Director, and the MHS Degree Advisory Committee that reflects their background and career goals. IMED 625 and IMED 645 can be replaced with the Biostatistics and Research Methods (Quant and Qual) core courses from the National Clinician Scholars Program.

In addition to completing this coursework, the MHS/Clinical Informatics Track student completes and defends a Masters research project focused on some aspect of clinical informatics. A required product of the program is a Master’s thesis averaging 40-80 pages of text.