MSTHS Course Descriptions

Course Schedule and Sequence 2022-2023

The MSTHS Course Schedule and Sequence is set for the 2022-2023 inaugural class as depicted above. Click on the table above to open a larger image.

The course schedules (days and times) for the Spring semester are now available in the Graduate Academic Calendar.


  1. MSTHS Students must take BIOM 8700 and BIOM 8705 all three semesters.
  2. MSTHS Students must take BIOM 8710 in the Spring semester
  3. MSTHS Students must take BIOM 8720 in the Fall semester
  4. MSTHS Students must take BIOM 8820 in the Winter semester
  5. MSTHS Students can choose to take NURS 8830 in the Spring semester (condensed version) or Fall semester (full-semester version)
  6. MSTHS Students must take 2 elective courses during the program. Electives courses can be taken in the Fall and/or Winter semesters. MSTHS Students can be choose elective courses from the pre-approved list below. Otherwise permission (for courses that are not listed) is required from the Program Coordinator in agreement with the professor and department offering the course. (speak with the MSTHS Program Coordinator for details).


Total courses:  Eight graduate level courses:

  1. Six (6) required courses including:
    1. BIOM 8710. Cancer Cell Biology (new course, three credits)
    2. NURS-8830. Research Methods in Nursing (three credits)
    3. NURS-8820. Advanced Statistics (three credits)
    4. BIOM-8720. Fundamentals of Oncology (new course, three credits)
    5. 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)
    6. 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.
  2. Two elective courses selected from the following:
    1. BIOL-8008. Special Topics in Biological Sciences (Medical Genomics (three credits))
    2. BIOL-8008. Special Topics in Biological Sciences (Tumour Immunology and Immunotherapy (three credits))
    3. BIOC-8684. Cell Death and Diseases (three credits)
    4. COMP-8580. Topics in Bioinformatics (three credits)
    5. NURS-8300. Advanced Health Assessment, Diagnostics & Therapeutics of the Oncology/Palliative Patient (three credits)

Notes on New Courses:

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 determine the specific breakdown of the 6hrs/week (e.g., one 6-hour day/week; two 3-hour days/week; three 2-hour days/week, etc.).