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MSHS in Translational Microbiology

Those aspiring to leadership positions in the microbiology labs or research settings could develop the needed skills and knowledge in The George Washington University's Master of Science in Health Sciences in Translational Microbiology program. Get more information here on this online MSHS program.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Health Sciences in Translational Microbiology

School Offering Program:

The George Washington University

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Program Prerequisites:

Prospective students of the Master of Science in Health Sciences in Translational Microbiology program must hold a bachelor's degree in a basic or health science, such as medical laboratory science or biology, and possess at least a 3.0 undergraduate GPA. Applicants may be current lab professionals who hold microbiology or medical laboratory scientist certifications. It is helpful for potential students to understand fundamental research methodologies, as courses will generally focus on scientific inquiry methods and medical research approaches. All applicants to The George Washington University should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

With a focus on infectious disease research and healthcare leadership, the online Master of Science in Health Sciences in Translational Microbiology program at The George Washington University is designed for both current and future professionals in the medical laboratory field. Core course topics address clinical research and scientific inquiry methodologies; microbial pathogens causing human disease; types and uses of molecular technologies; the symptoms, diagnosis, pathology, and treatment of parasitic and fungal diseases; and epidemiological concepts. Students also have the opportunity to learn about healthcare leadership practices, clinical research policy development, and strategic planning processes. All students must complete an extensive research project discussing a current topic in the medical laboratory science field.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

36 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact The George Washington University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for a Master of Science in Health Sciences in Translational Microbiology:

Of the 36 required credits needed to earn this MSHS in in Translational Microbiology degree, 27 are taken in the core curriculum; in addition, students take two 3-credit elective courses and one class addressing administrative/leadership topics. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact The George Washington University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Administrative and Leadership Course (3 credits)

  • Students choose one of the following courses:
    • Topics in Healthcare Leadership
    • Issues and Trends in Health Systems
    • The Healthcare Enterprise

Core Courses (27 credits)

  • Biostatistics for Clinical and Translational Research
  • Epidemiology for Clinical and Translational Research
  • Research Methods I for Health Professionals I
  • Research Methods II for Health Professionals II
  • Advanced Parasitology and Mycology
  • Microbial Pathogenesis
  • Medical Biotechnology
  • Research Ethics and Scientific Integrity
  • Current Topics in MLS
  • Capstone Project

Elective Courses (6 credits)

  • Students choose two elective courses

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

In some cases, the MSHS in Translational Microbiology will be sufficient to meet requirements for managerial positions in the field; however, those aspiring to academic careers or higher levels of administration in labs or research institutions might pursue a doctorate. A doctoral degree program could provide more hands-on learning opportunities and address such topics as data analysis, biostatistics, and clinical trial conduct in more detail.

Graduates might consider the following degrees:

  • PhD in Biological Sciences
  • PhD in Microbiology and Immunology
  • PhD in Epidemiology and Clinical Research

Career Paths:

From handling specimens to overseeing lab operations, the MSHS in Translational Microbiology program could prepare graduates to become scientists, lab managers, government associates, or corporate V.P.s. Responsibilities could include overseeing clinical trial programs, evaluating research data, managing research approaches, or designing research projects.

Positions that graduates could qualify for include:

  • Biotechnology research associate
  • Microbiology lab supervisor
  • Microbiology laboratory scientist