Masters in Public Health Track
Residents interested in receiving a Masters in Public Health (MPH) while completing their residency will be able to do so through the University of California, Irvine MPH Degree program. This program, led by Dr. Ogunseitan, Professor of Public Health and Social Ecology, has as its distinctive mission the creation of a motivated cadre of public health professionals prepared to implement effective strategies for reducing the burden of disease and disability in culturally-diverse communities. The program is designed for future practitioners who are primed to lead and work collaboratively on accurate assessments of health risk factors and management of evidence-based prevention strategies. The MPH degree is based in and administered by the Program in Public Health in the College of Health Sciences.
The MPH degree emphasizes problem-based learning in public health by applying interdisciplinary approaches and methods in local, state or national public health agencies and health care organizations, where public health practitioners are expected to make a difference. As recommended by the Associations of Schools of Public Health, the MPH curriculum covers breadth and depth in five core areas: biostatistics, environmental health, epidemiology, health policy and administration, and social and behavioral health. The MPH currently requires that students specialize in one of three concentrations, namely epidemiology and biostatistics, environmental and occupational health, or cultural diversity and health.
A total of fourteen courses are required to complete the MPH degree. Of these, eight courses must be completed by all students. In addition, three courses are required for each emphasis area, and the remaining three courses are electives. The common requirements are: an introductory overview course (Foundations of Public Health); one course in each of the five competency areas: biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health sciences, health policy and management, and social and behavioral health; one graduate seminar course; and a practicum course.
The Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care, MPH degree is designed to be completed in two academic years at normal pace, and will be undertaken in conjunction with residency training. The resident would begin work toward an MPH degree in the last six months of the CA-3 year. The resident would, under mentorship of faculty participating in the School of Public Health, develop and carry out an epidemiologic research study. The project requires approval from the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care’s Research Oversight Committee. This committee would also monitor the resident’s progress. The resident will participate in appropriate coursework necessary for satisfactory performance of the project during this time.
Upon successful completion of the residency, the participant would then continue for one year as a Clinical Instructor/Advanced Degree Fellow in the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care. It is anticipated that the fellow would be 80 percent academic to complete MPH requirements and 20 percent clinical.
Biomedical and Translational Masters in Science Degree
Residents interested in receiving a Masters in Science (MS) while completing their residency will be able to do so through UC Irvine’s Biomedical and Translational Science MS program (MS-BATS). Biomedical and Translational Science is a new complementary approach that combines the use of biological science for medical developments (biomedical) with translational science to move basic research out of the laboratory into clinical practice. The MS-BATS program is a multi-departmental program that prepares Physician Investigators for cutting edge interdisciplinary research on fundamental biological mechanisms and their translation to the cure of human diseases.
The MS-BATS program is a new, broadly based didactic training program that prepares young researchers for independent careers as Physician Investigators. MS-BATS offers comprehensive didactic training in the fundamental skills required for conducting high-quality clinical and translational research. This flexible, 36-unit Master's degree program is comprised of a multidisciplinary series of courses and colloquia. The program emphasizes strong quantitative training as well as critical thinking skills and practical strategies for addressing the complex challenges of collaborative clinical and translational research, with the overall goal of enabling trainees to compete successfully for peer-reviewed research funding.
A MS-BATS provides advanced training in experimental study to effectively bridge the gap between clinical medicine and basic sciences, and translate scientific discoveries into practical applications that benefit society. This is done through individual laboratory research, lectures, seminars and journal clubs. In addition, through an individual advisory/mentoring system, the program provides guidance and advice about the practicalities of pursuing a career at the interface of science and medicine.
Physician investigators carry out one or more translational research project under the direct supervision and mentorship of a UC Irvine School of Medicine faculty member. This mentored, independent research project is complemented by a rigorous core curriculum in Biomedical and Translational Investigation, which provides training in the essentials of clinical and translational research, including the responsible conduct of research, biostatistics, regulatory and ethical issues, as well as standards for conducting clinical studies ("Good Clinical Practice").
A resident in the MS track would complete 30 months of clinical rotations, (CA-1 to CA-3 years). The last 6 months of the CA-3 year, the resident would develop a research project under mentorship of a faculty participating in the BATS program. Some training coursework would be included during this elective time.
Upon completion of the CA-3 year, the resident would enter an MS fellowship as a clinical instructor in the department. Eighty percent time would be devoted to coursework and continued research toward the masters in science degree, which would be completed at the end of the fellowship year. Twenty percent time would be clinical.
Masters in Business Administration
CA-2 residents on track to successfully complete residency may be eligible to apply for the MBA track. Upon satisfactory completion of residency, the resident will enter the Paul Merage School of Business. During this time, the graduate would dedicate the majority of time toward MBA curriculum and remainder as Clinical Instructor within the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care.
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