Translational Research in the Health Sciences

Program Overview

The Master of Health Science (MHSc​) in Translational Research in the ​Health Sciences is designed for individuals who have relevant backgrounds as medical professionals, clinical researchers, or basic scientists. The MHSc program provides students with the skills and strategies for interdisciplinary collaborative research, allowing them to contribute to leading innovations by helping to translate lab research into bedside care.

This two-year professional program provides students with a broad understanding of specific topics in medical sciences; foundational tools for design, information media communication, and criticism; and opportunities to apply the learned knowledge through practical research-driven projects. The curriculum is delivered in in a flexible (modular), individualized structure, providing students with the ability to move across disciplinary boundaries under key themes of breadth, deployment, and integration.​

As a multidisciplinary program, the selection process is based on a holistic approach and not on any one requirement. Motivated applicants with a variety of backgrounds who are looking for an educational experience are encouraged to apply.

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Minimum admission average MHSc:

A– average in at least three of the four years


A– average in at least three of the four years

Program length (full-time only) MHSc:

5 sessions


5 sessions

Master of Health Science

Program Description

This two-year, course-based program is designed for interprofessional students from diverse backgrounds (such as medicine, life sciences, social sciences, engineering, design, and communications) who want to learn creative problem-solving skills, strategies, and competencies to translate (scientific) knowledge into innovations that improve medicine, health, and care.

Through flexible coursework, team-based, real-world translational challenges, and extensive mentorship and networking, the department facilitates self-directed collaborative “learning by doing”: students gain experience, expertise, and practical insights into development and design processes, regulatory frameworks, and translational networks and strategies to develop, lead, test, and implement innovations. The program’s mission is to challenge students to think differently so that they learn to champion change in their communities and contexts.

This cohort-based program commences in September.

Minimum Admission Requirements​

  • Applicants are admitted on the basis of academic preparation, references, and motivation. All applicants must demonstrate exceptional scholarly achievement and significant research experience.

  • An appropriate bachelor's (BSc) degree or an MD degree from a recognized university, and academic credentials and background preparation appropriate to the area of study with an A– average in at least three of the four years.

  • Applicants with significant research, industry, or government experience in professional health science or related social science, and/or academic research master’s or PhD are also encouraged to apply.

  • The application must be accompanied by:

    • ​​​​a current curriculum vitae (CV)

    • a letter of intent or statement of professional goals

    • three letters of reference.

  • Applicants whose primary language is not English, and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction was not English, must demonstrate proficiency in the English language through the successful completion of the following English-language proficiency tests:

    • ​​​Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): a minimum score of 600 on the paper-based test and 5 on the Test of Written English (TWE); or a minimum score of 93/120 on the Internet-based test and 22/30 on the writing and speaking sections.

    • Tests must be completed in the year prior to application to the program.

  • Deadline for receipt of applications is May 1 for international students and June 1 for domestic students (see amendment made on July 31, 2019). Admission spots are limited; not all applicants who meet the prerequisites will be admitted. Applicants are screened for eligibility and short-listed applicants will be interviewed.

Program Requirements

  • ​Within this two-year, five-session program, students must complete a total of 8.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • ​​​​Year 1:

      • LMP 2300Y Foundations in Translational Research (1.0 FCE, Fall and Winter)

      • LMP 2310Y0 Core Modules in Translational Research (2.0 FCEs, Fall, Winter, and Summer). LMP 2310Y0 includes selection and completion of eight shorter module courses from three research domains.

      • ​LMP 2320H Overview of Methods in Practices and Contexts (0.5 FCE; Winter)

      • LMP 2322H Information, Media, and Communication Literacy for the Sciences (0.5 FCE, Fall)

      • LMP 2301Y Projects in Translational Research (1.0 FCE, Fall and Winter)

      • LMP 2330Y+ Capstone Project in Translational Research (2.0 FCEs, Summer)

    • Year 2:

      • LMP 2330Y+ Capstone Project in Translational Research (Fall and Winter)

      • LMP 2310Y0 Modules in Translational Research (Fall and Winter)

      • Plus two half-course electives from the approved list or with pre-approval from the Graduate Coordinator (1.0 FCE).

Program Length

5 sessions full-time (F/W/S/F/W)

Time Limit

3 years

0 Course that may continue over a program. The course is graded when completed.

+ Extended course. For academic reasons, coursework is extended into session following academic session in which course is offered.

Michel Mersereau

“This is truly a knowledge-rich environment.”

Michel Mersereau
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