Clinical Health Sciences

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  • Master of Science in Clinical Health Sciences


    Program description

    The Master of Science in Clinical Health Sciences at the University of Mississippi Medical Center prepares qualified students to pursue academic careers in a variety of settings where data is required to answer complex questions, to teach research methods, and/or conduct methodologically rigorous and scientifically sound studies.

    Designed for those who wish to plan, implement, and analyze both quantitative and qualitative research studies, using appropriate research designs, the 30 semester hour, non-traditional program of study combines instruction in the scientific foundations of practice and scientific methodology. The program has both a thesis and non-thesis option.

    Admission requirements

    Various conditions determine the number of admissions to the Master of Science in Clinical Health Sciences such that, at times, there may be no opening in a specific track or tracks. The initial review of applicants is made on the basis of an evaluation of all application materials. Only completed applications will be evaluated.

    Specific admission criteria include:

    • A Bachelor of Science from a regionally accredited institution;
    • A registration, certification or license at the state or national level in an academic health care discipline approved by the graduate program director OR extensive experience in health-related environment;
    • An official transcript from ALL schools attended post-high school;
    • An official report of GRE scores;
    • A current curriculum vitae which must include applicant’s research interest(s) and career goals.

    Preference for admissions is given to: 1) residents of Mississippi and 2) faculty who are employed at least 50 percent time in a health care profession. In order to receive the faculty preference, the applicant must submit a letter from the dean or director of the health professional program in which he/she is a faculty indicating at least 50 percent employment in the program.

    Program outcomes

    Students graduating from the Master of Science in Clinical Health Sciences will be prepared to:

    • Illustrate a mastery of fundamental and core concepts common to the clinical health sciences;
    • Produce scholarly activity that demonstrates the ability to engage in novel and meritorious research;
    • Secure positions of responsibility in academic, hospital and research-based employment.

    There are both thesis and non-thesis options:

    • Thesis option
      • In addition to 24 semester hours of core coursework, students electing the thesis option must take an additional 6 semester hours of thesis research. The thesis must evidence original investigation conducted under the supervision of the director of the student’s advisory committee. The advisory committee will review the thesis and provide comments and corrections before the oral thesis defense. The completed thesis must then be approved by the advisory committee and the dean of graduate studies. Additionally, the student must successfully complete a comprehensive exam.
    • Non-thesis option:
      • In addition to the 24 semester hours of core coursework, students electing the non-thesis option must take an additional 6 semester hours of elective coursework.