Master of Health Science
Building upon my experience researching sleep apnea at the School of Medicine and my previous coursework at the School of Public Health, I earned my Master's in the W. Harry Feinstone Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology. I developed my interest in dermal immunity and the role of nutrition, specifically vitamin D, in immunological competence.
The MHS program is a nine-month program that requires coursework, a scholarly literature-based essay, and a seminar presentation. MHS students must complete 64 credit hours during the four terms of the academic year. Required courses account for about one half of that number.
Molecular Microbiology and Immunology integrates many disciplines (biochemistry, infectious diseases, virology, parasitology, molecular biology, immunology, ecology structural biology) concerned with the study of the transmission, immunobiology, and pathogenesis of bacterial, parasitic, viral, immunological and infectious diseases of public health importance. Research is at the population, organismal, cellular, and molecular levels. The central premise of this broad approach to the study of disease is that public health problems can best be addressed by understanding basic biological mechanisms. Our research aims to advance the understanding of the biology of disease and to use this knowledge to solve public health problems. Research takes place in the laboratory, in the clinic, and in the field, as the faculty works to combat such enormous public health problems as malaria, sexually transmitted diseases, mosquito-borne encephalitis, tuberculosis, diarrhea, measles, AIDS, and autoimmune diseases.