Degree Requirements and Curriculum – MD-MS CTS

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Degree Requirements and Curriculum – MD-MS CTS2018-12-07T10:06:53+00:00

Degree Requirements and Curriculum for MD/MS CTS

In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, students must meet the following program requirements:

  • Students in the program must satisfy the requirements of the MS CTS, a 48-semester hour program, and satisfy four years of the required medical degree program.
  • All students in the MD/MS CTS program pursue the joint degree at a full-time pace
  • For the MD/MS CTS, students must adhere to all relevant Graduate College policies, including minimum G.P.A. and limits on transfer credit.
  • No more than 12 total hours will be allowed for shared course work.
  • Mentored research component: 16 semester hours of required mentored research, producing a paper that is a scholarly contribution to the field in the form of a journal article, pilot data for a grant application, and a thesis-defense of the paper/research and data. A maximum of 8 hours of the required 16 hours of mentored research may be applied as a research elective in M4 elective requirement.
  • A maximum of 8 hours of credit of the required 16 hours of mentored research may be applied as a research elective in M4 elective requirement. With proper planning and prior approval by the College of Medicine Associate Dean for Admissions and Special Curricular Programs, joint degree students may receive additional credit toward the M4 electives by taking an advanced level Public Health course.
  • Electives: 11 semester hours. With proper planning and prior approval by the School of Public Health, joint degree students may receive additional credit toward the MS CTS elective requirement by taking an approved nonclinical medical elective.

Sample Schedule

Semester

Enrollment

Course

Credit Hours
Summer C.O.M. HPA 472 Clinical Research Methods I (1) 4
BHIS 509 Informatics for the Clinical Investigator (2) 3
Career elective (3)
Step 2 Clinical Knowledge/Clinical Skills exam
Fall S.P.H. HPA 473 Clinical Research Methods II (4) 4
EPID 403 Introduction to Epidemiology 3
GC 501 Scientific Integrity and Responsible Research 1
HPA 526 Leadership and Diversity in Clinical Research 2
IHPS 594 Advanced special topics 3
Elective
Initial Research Proposal Defense
Spring S.P.H. HPA 522 Public Health Research Design and Methods 3
Elective
Elective
IPHS 598 Research in Public Health Sciences 4
Summer C.O.M. HPA 590 Grant Writing 1
IPHS 598 Research in Public Health Sciences 4
Clinical rotations
Fall C.O.M. IPHS 598 Research in Public Health Sciences 4
Clinical rotations
Spring C.O.M. IPHS 598 Research in Public Health Sciences 4
Clinical rotations
Final Research Proposal Defense

1 – Alternatively, may be substituted for BSTT 400 Biostatistics I, taken during fall semester

2 – Alternatively, may be taken during spring semester

3 – Alternatively, may be taken during subsequent summer semester

4 – Alternatively, may be substituted for BSTT 401 Biostatistics II, taken during spring semester

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