March 14, 2015

Program Structure

How is this Program Structured?

classThe Translational Research Program is a course-based (8.0FCE 2y) Professional Masters (MHSc) focused training people who facilitate the development, design and translation of research and discoveries into contexts where they have positive impacts on human health.

The program is based around a series of courses that incorporate a range of teaching techniques to deliver content.  Among them are seminars, discussions, case-studies, modules, electives and a central capstone project.  The seminar courses are generally scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and evenings in the first two terms.  These courses include an introductory course to pathways in Translational Research and a Capstone preparation class.

The other two types of courses include an umbrella course for modules and the main capstone project course. The umbrella module course and the capstone course are designed to give students the opportunity to develop breadth, depth, and integration in a portfolio to pitch to prospective employers, collaborators, or investors. The umbrella course allows students to take a range of modules in a variety of topics that help provide more depth to subjects introduced in seminars.

Central to the program is the Capstone project where students identify a problem and work on a design solution that attempts to translate knowledge to people, practice, products, policy, or populations. Students work within the context of a course, under the guidance of a Project Oversight Committee and a Course Director on innovative projects that focus on addressing existing needs in the healthcare ecosystem and may span from wet-lab research, to product innovation, or policy development.

The MHSc is designed to be flexible

Of 8.0 FCE’s needed to complete the program, 3.0 FCE are student selected (including modules in MSC4010 and two electives), and 3.0 FCE’s comprise the Capstone prep course (MSC 2001) and the Capstone Project (MSC 4000), leaving only 2.0 FCE’s of actual required courses (MSC1000, MSC1003 & KMD1002).

We have limited the in-class commitments of the program in terms 1 & 2 to under 9hrs per week, with classes and speakers scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Modules and electives may be outside these times and are based on availability and external scheduling.

In terms 3,4 & 5 there is no in-class time scheduled but students are expected to meet regularly with their project committee to ensure milestones are met.  Again, this does not include or pertain to electives or modules needed to complete the program.

Bottomline: Course Requirements

The TRP is structured around a total of 8.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

1) a course on the foundations in Translational Research (MSC1000H; 1.0 FCE);
2) a continuous modular “core” course in translational research (MSC4010Y; 2.0 FCE);
3) a course in advanced written and oral communication skills (MSC1003H; 0.5FCE);
4) two half-courses in interdisciplinary design (KMD1002H; 0.5 FCE);
5) a planning TR projects workshop course (MSC2021Y; 1.0 FCE);
6) capstone project course (MSC4000Y; 2.0 FCE); and
7) two half-courses of qualifying electives (1.0 FCE).

For course, descriptions click here.