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Master of Science in Translational Health Sciences

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12 Month Program; From Start to Grad

>200 Hours with local researchers in an Experiential Learning Placement

Great option for gap year between Undergrad & Med School

Program Highlights & Admission Requirements

Calling all future health care workers! Are you looking for real-world experience in a clinical or laboratory research setting? Or perhaps you want to fill a gap year and strengthen your CV before applying to medical school. Translational Health Sciences is a new and rapidly growing research field that seeks to “translate” or bridge the gap between advances in laboratory medical research and health care in clinical practice. In a modern-day approach to healthcare, successful research-programs utilize a multidisciplinary team of scientists, health professionals, economists, and statisticians working together to solve complex health and social problems. There is a need to offer students a training path that incorporates clinical science, public health, and basic biomedical research to accelerate the application of biological breakthroughs to human health. To address this opportunity, and the deficit of educated students with these skills, the Faculty of Science is offering a professional Master of Science in Translational Health Sciences (“MSTHS”) program.

The program leverages partnerships between the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Nursing, Windsor Regional Hospital (WRH), Windsor Cancer Research Group, WE Spark Health Institute, Hotel Dieu Grace Hospital and St. Clair College, to train a new generation of clinical researchers. The MSTHS program will leverage existing University of Windsor research strengths in cancer biology, environmental health, and neuroscience, as well as the expanding network of clinical research being done via the Windsor Cancer Research Group (WCRG) and WE Spark Health Institute.

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.
  • English proficiency requirements: IELTS 7.0 (with no IELTS band score less than 6.5) / TOEFL 94 IBT
    View the Graduate Studies page for more information on admission requirements and English exemptions.
  • Enrolment will be limited.

*English language improvement programs are available if you require extra training prior to entry into the academic program, or have received lower-than-required test scores.

* Average over six Grade 12 academic courses.

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PROGRAM DETAILS

Program Length: 3 Semesters (12 months)
Program Delivery: Face to Face
Faculty: Science & Nursing
Intake: May (No Fall or Winter Intakes)
Deadline: April 1st for Domestic Students; March 1st for International Students)

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


World-Class Faculty

Program Objectives

  • Successfully launch the careers of students as health professionals and/or research scientists by providing advanced skills in translating health care research.
  • Prepare culturally and ethically responsive students who can think critically and translate evidence into practice in a health care setting.
  • Produce student-led scholarship that impacts the health and wellness of individuals and communities.
  • Foster strong partnerships between our local academic and clinical research institutions (e.g., the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Nursing, Windsor Regional Hospital, Windsor Cancer Research Group, WE Spark Health Institute, St. Clair College, etc.).

Courses

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 (Medical Genomics (three credits))
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 will work in groups to complete assignments developing creative solutions to challenges in translational health sciences. Students will also create an individual reflective portfolio that will document and 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, together 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. Subsequently, the course instructor will consult students and research advisors to match their interests and needs. The course instructor will then connect groups of students with their research advisors and they will begin their placement. Using the project proposed by the research advisor as a starting point, each student group will then develop a research project proposal that will require them to apply their knowledge to select a study design, research methods, and obtain any regulatory approvals. The 216-hour placement will give students 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. Student will gain experience with both written and oral communication through the culminating final research report and scientific poster presentation at the program colloquium that will conclude the Experiential Learning Placement course. Students will spend approximately 72 hours per semester at their placement (72 hours/semester x 3 semesters = 216 hours) which equates to approximately 6 hours per week at their placement over the course of a 12-week semester. The requirement of the research project and needs of the research advisor will dictate whether students complete six hours/day/week at their placement or whether these six hours will be divided across multiple days.