Master of Science in Applied Health Research (MAR)

Program Overview

The Master of Science in Applied Health Research (MAR) at the College of Medicine will provide scientists and clinicians with training in biomedical statistical methodology. Advanced statistical techniques will be combined with practical lab-based training. The R statistical language will be used for programming and analyses, conveniently taught through RStudio and Jamovi. This Master program is aimed at creating frontline researchers in health science.

The two-year program will involve 42 credit hours

Subject courses will include:

  • Advanced Biostatistics
  • Clinical Trials
  • Clinical Data Management
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Real data analysis
  • The second year involves developing a research thesis using advanced statistical methodology

To empower students with comprehensive knowledge and hands-on expertise in applied health research, promoting evidence-based practices that lead to improved global health outcomes. Through rigorous scholarship, ethical considerations, and practical experiences, our program aspires to develop the next generation of researchers who drive innovations and informed decisions in healthcare.

Program Goals
  1. Depth and Breadth of Knowledge
    • Equip students with a deep understanding of core concepts, methodologies, and emerging trends in applied health research.
    • Foster a multidisciplinary approach to health research, integrating perspectives from various health professions.

  2. Research Excellence
    • Promote high standards of research integrity and methodology, ensuring students are adept at designing, conducting, and analyzing health studies.
    • Encourage collaborative research projects, facilitating teamwork and cross-disciplinary cooperation.

  3. Research Excellence
    • Facilitate practical experiences, such as internships or fieldwork, that enable students to apply theoretical knowledge in real-world health settings.
    • Cultivate partnerships with healthcare organizations, providing students opportunities for hands-on research and networking.

  4. Ethical and Social Responsibility
    • Instill a strong sense of ethics in research practices, ensuring students recognize and navigate the complexities of health research involving human participants.
    • Encourage a global perspective, emphasizing the importance of research that considers diverse populations and health inequalities.

  5. Communication and Dissemination
    • Develop students' skills in effectively communicating research findings, making them accessible to a range of audiences including policymakers, healthcare professionals, and the general public.
    • Advocate for open science, training students in the dissemination of research through various channels such as journals, conferences, and public engagement.

  6. Continuous Learning and Professional Development
    • Foster a culture of continuous learning, encouraging students to seek out further opportunities for growth post-graduation, whether in further academic pursuits or professional settings.
    • Engage alumni and professionals in the field to provide mentorship, workshops, and seminars for current students, ensuring up-to-date industry insights and connections.
Career Prospects

Upon graduation, students will have developed advanced applied health research core competencies and would be ready to further enhance their knowledge for jobs in the below professional sectors:

  1. Clinical Research Organizations (CROs)
  2. Government Health Departments
  3. Pharmaceutical and Biotech Companies
  4. Healthcare Consultancy Firms
  5. Academic Institutions
  6. Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
  7. Hospitals and Healthcare Systems
  8. Public Health Organizations such as WHO, national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other similar entities which conduct and use health research for public interventions.
  9. Health Insurance Companies
  10. Healthcare Technology Companies
  11. Research Funding Bodies
  12. Medical Publications and Journals
  13. Contract Research and Data Analytics Firms
  14. Regulatory and Compliance Bodies such as S/FDA, EMA
  15. Bioethics Institutions.
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