Skip to Main Content

Master of Health Science Degree Program for Departments and Programs

Yale School of Medicine has established the Master of Health Science (MHS) degree, for applicants with an M.D. degree, from approved departments and programs. Currently there are ten 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 Programs Director
Anesthesiology Dr. Laura Niklason
Emergency Medicine Dr. Steven Bernstein
Internal Medicine (General Medicine) Dr. Cary Gross
Internal Medicine (Cardiology) Dr. Ed Miller
Internal Medicine (Geriatrics) Dr. Thomas Gill
Internal Medicine (Gastrointestinal/Liver) Dr. Fred Gorelick
Internal Medicine (Infectious Disease) Dr. Manisha Juthani-Mehta
Internal Medicine (Nephrology) Dr. Lloyd Cantley
Internal Medicine (Occupational Medicine) Dr. Carrie Redlich
Internal Medicine (Oncology) Dr. Roy Herbst
Internal Medicine (Pulmonary) Dr. Margaret Pisani
Internal Medicine (Rheumatology) Dr. Rick Bucala
Laboratory Medicine Dr. Brian Smith
Neurology Dr. Jeremy Moeller
Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences Dr. Lubna Pal

Dr. Eugene Shapiro
Pnina Weiss (as of January 2020 for MHS Medical Education only)

Psychiatry Dr. Christopher Pittenger
Surgical Residency Program Dr. John Geibel
Yale Center for Clinical Investigation (YCCI) Scholars Program Dr. Eugene Shapiro
Yale Center for Medical Informatics Dr. Edward Melnick

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.

Application to the MHS Program for Approved Departments and Programs

Click here for application link in Qualtrics
NOTE: Be prepared to enter your Yale NetID and password.

*Separate application is required

Frequently Asked Questions

Requirements for the MHS Degree

a. A full-length original thesis based upon the required two year research project of approximately 50-60 pages 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 in Clinical Investigation); IMED 625 (Principles of Clinical Research) and IMED 630 Ethical Issues in Biomedical Research or Sect Ed 501 Responsible Conduct of Research. See course descriptions here.

g. For those conducting clinical research, possible alternative required courses in the place of IMED 645 and IMED 625 are: Biostatistics, Clinical and Health Services Research Methods, Principles of Health Policy and Management, Foundations of Community-Engaged Research, and Seminars in Health Policy and Delivery presented by the National Clinician Scholars Program.

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.

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 Kelly Jo Carlson at in the Office of Student Research for details regarding tuition. The tuition for the degree is $28,000 of which $8,000 is required to be paid. It is required that each applicant indicate how this $8,000 will be paid at the time of application. The balance ($28K - $8K) will either be a waived fee by the Medical School or can be supported by an NIH training grant from the responsible department.