Feb. 2, 2023
For Immediate Release
WATERLOO — Wilfrid Laurier University’s Faculty of Science is planning to offer a new and unique thesis-based Master of Science program in Health Sciences. The program, currently in the approval stages, will encompass two fields of study, Molecular and Medical Sciences (MMS) and Community, Public and Population Health (CPPH).
The two-year degree is designed as a research-intensive program with minimal courses that will prepare students for careers in research, policy and the broader health sector. Students in the Molecular and Medical Sciences field will explore health through a natural science lens, where the focus is on molecular and cellular pathways related to human health, including the immune system, stem cell and regenerative medicine, and models of disease. In the Community, Public and Population Health field, students will examine health challenges through the application of health and social sciences theories and methods.
The program is subject to formal approval by the Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance.
“Completing the Master in Health Sciences program will open many doors for our graduates,” said Dawn Guthrie, professor of Health Sciences. “The research and practical skills they acquire will position them well for further education leading to a professional role as a clinician, but it can equally prepare them to take on challenging roles in a wide range of health-related careers.”
The graduate program builds upon the highly successful undergraduate Health Sciences program and is supported by its dedicated, interdisciplinary research-active faculty. At the core of the program are 11 scientists eager to prepare the next generation of researchers to solve complex issues related to human health and disease.
“The solutions to some of our greatest health-care challenges will come from problem solvers who appreciate that human health is as cellular as it is societal,” said Nicolas Rouleau, assistant professor of Health Sciences. “From working to cure cancers or Alzheimer's disease to achieving equitable access to lifesaving services, our program will offer a unique advantage to those who are prepared to accept the challenge and make an impact both globally and within their own communities.”
To be considered for the Master of Science in Health Sciences program, applicants must successfully complete an acceptable undergraduate degree, have relevant research experience, and meet all other admission requirements. Laurier will begin accepting applications to its new master’s program in Health Sciences Feb. 1, 2023 with the intention of welcoming its first cohort of students in September 2023, subject to the program receiving approval.
“With its research-intensive design, the Master of Science in Health Sciences program will be in high demand by top-performing graduate students,” said Brent Wolfe, acting associate vice-president and dean of Laurier’s Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. “The program will attract students with interests in pursuing leading-edge research and career advancement opportunities in the health industry — and their contributions will further strengthen Laurier’s Faculty of Science research profile.”
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