Master of Science in Translational Health Sciences - University of Windsor - Windsor, Ontario, Canada

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Master of Science in Translational Health Science

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Earn your Master's
in only one year!

>200 hours of real experience
with local researchers

Great option for gap year
before Med School

Program Highlights & Admission Requirements

Calling all future health care workers!

Streghten your application for medical school and prepare for a succesful career by earning your Master's degree in Translational Health Sciences. In only one year, you'll acquire important skills that will help you implement the latest innovative medical research to help people in need.

What exactly is Translational Health Science?

We're glad you asked! It often takes a long time for new medical breakthroughs to help people in need, but this new and rapidly growing research field seeks to “translate” or bridge the gap between advances in laboratory medical research and health care in clinical practice. That means more patients can get access to the latest life-saving innovations sooner. This multidisplinary program combines clinical science, public health, and biomedical research to give you the well-rounded, yet highly specialized expertise needed to be a leader in health care today.

Admission Requirements

  • Two letters of reference (academic reference(s) or referee(s) that can speak to the pursuit of your academic credential e.g. Co-op supervisor).
  • Students are required to be available for in-person instruction and clinical placements.
  • Enrolment is limited.
  • * Average over six Grade 12 academic courses.

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Program Length: 3 Semesters (12 months)
Program Delivery: Face to Face
Faculty: Science & Nursing
Intake: May (No Fall or Winter Intakes)
Deadline: January 15th (Domestic students only)

Jessica Garant

"The Aeronautics program has provided me with a well-rounded education and leadership skills that I will take with me as I pursue my dream of flying for a commercial airline.”

Jessica Garant
BA (Honours) in Liberal Arts and Professional Studies: Aeronautics Leadership

Career Tracks

  • Doctor
  • Health-Care Administrator
  • Health and Safety Coordinator
  • Genetic counsellor
  • Lab technician
  • Laboratory supervisor
  • Medical director
  • Medical researcher
  • Medical writer
  • Pharmacist
  • Physician
  • Policy advisor
  • Professor
  • Project manager
  • Public health educator
  • Research co-ordinator
  • Environmental consultant

Program Objectives

  • Launch the succesful careers of students as health professionals and research scientists by providing advanced skills in translating health care research.
  • Train future doctors, lab technicians, medical researchers, and many other health care workers to think critically and ethically, and turn research into results that impact lives.
  • Produce student-led scholarship that benefits the health and wellness of individuals and communities.
  • Foster strong partnerships between our local academic and clinical research institutions including the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Nursing, Windsor Regional Hospital, Windsor Cancer Research Group, WE Spark Health Institute, St. Clair College, and many more.


Six (6) required courses including:
BIOM 8710. Cancer Cell Biology (new course, three credits)
NURS-8830. Research Methods in Nursing (three credits)
NURS-8820. Advanced Statistics (three credits)
BIOM-8720. Fundamentals of Oncology (new course, three credits)
BIOM-8700. Professional Development Seminar in Translational Health Sciences (new course, one credit), students must enroll in this course in Summer, Fall, and Winter for one hour per week over three terms at 12 weeks/term, or 36 hours in total)
BIOM-8705. Experiential Learning Placement in Translational Health Sciences (new course, nine credits). Students must enroll in this course in Summer, Fall, and Winter; 9 credits/semester are as follows. 6 hours/wk. in clinic (weekly breakdown arranged in agreement with clinician and student(s)); 1 hour/wk. with clinician in reviewing project data and plan; 2 hours/wk. developing progress reports, addressing pitfalls, working on monthly report presentation and final report presentations; supervised by course instructor (see “Notes on New Courses” below and the course syllabus Appendix F). 6 hours in experiential learning placement/wk. X 12 wks./semester = 72 hours/semester. 72 hours/semester X 3 semester =216 hours of experiential learning placement, in a clinical research environment at Windsor Regional Hospital. The remaining 3 hours/wk. are spent in meetings with the supervising clinician and course instructor, to review progress and develop presentations associated with progression through the placement as described above.

Two elective courses selected from the following:
BIOL-8008. Special Topics in Biological Sciences (Tumour Immunology and Immunotherapy (three credits))
BIOC-8684. Cell Death and Diseases (three credits)
COMP-8580. Topics in Bioinformatics (three credits)
and many more.

In the Professional Development Seminar course, students work in groups to develop creative solutions to challenges in translational health sciences. Students also create an individual reflective portfolio that track their progress in meeting the Program Learning Outcomes, as well as document their examination of and preparation for a variety of career pathways.

In the Experiential Learning Placement course, students will work in groups on a translational health science research project with a research advisor (e.g., academic faculty or health care professional) and the Program Coordinator. At the start of the course, students will review research projects proposed by research advisors and rank these projects based upon their personal preferences and interests. The course instructor will consult students and research advisors to match their interests and needs and will then connect groups of students with their research advisors to begin their 216-hour placement (approx. 6 hours a week).

Each student group will develop a research project proposal where they apply their knowledge to select a study design, research methods, and obtain any regulatory approvals. Students will gain practical experience in many diverse aspects of clinical research that may include interacting with patients, complying with regulatory requirements, collecting data, analyzing data, and collaborating with diverse groups of scientists and health care professionals.

World-Class Faculty