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YSM Enhances Two-year MHS Degree

December 18, 2023

In late November 2023, it was announced that Yale School of Medicine (YSM) has enhanced its two-year Master of Health Science (MHS) degree program, which provides rigorous training to help future independent investigators and educational leaders accelerate their academic careers.

Led by Lauren Sansing, MD, MS, professor of neurology and immunobiology (secondary) and vice-chair of faculty affairs, neurology, the program has been restructured to extend access to a wider pool of applicants. No longer limited to certain departments, it is now open to all YSM residents, fellows, and faculty, as well as individuals from other institutions, further diversifying our physician-scientist community, assisting in the recruitment of talent to Yale, and enhancing interdisciplinary collaborations.


With oversight from a new centralized MHS Executive Committee, the program offers four tracks from which applicants may choose:

Medical Education, led by Janet Hafler, EdD;

Advanced Health Sciences Research, led by Cary Gross, MD;

Clinical Informatics & Data Science, led by Cynthia Brandt, MD, MPH; and

Clinical Investigation, led by Roy Herbst, MD, PhD

Each track is designed to provide exposure to diverse research areas through Research-in-Progress seminars, more robust training and coursework, and formalized cohort building and peer-to-peer mentoring. The structure applies to new students entering in 2024 and beyond.

Candidates for the two-year MHS program may find information about the program and tuition and access the application on the YSM website through February 29, 2024.

(The two-year MHS degree is separate from the MD/Master of Health Science Degree (MD/MHS).)

Medical Education Track

The two-year degree program in the Medical Education track features an education research project and includes a comprehensive curriculum for individuals interested in developing a career in the field of medical education.

The degree course work includes a research project, core curriculum and elective courses. Students work within an individualized learning plan that is designed to facilitate their development as educators, scholars, and leaders in medical education. The MHS-Med Ed track website provides more details.

Graduates of the program will be prepared to contribute to the education community at Yale School of Medicine and the broader field of medical education, both nationally and internationally. A list of past and current participants is available on the MHS-Med Ed website.

Submitted by Abigail Roth on December 18, 2023