Master's Programs

Marnie Gruen 2*.JPGMaster of Science in Biomedical Informatics

The Vanderbilt DBMI Training Program is uniquely positioned to prepare future leaders in the field with a comprehensive understanding gained through a strong foundation in the principles and theory of biomedical informatics, and participation in mentored scientific research and large-scale informatics development and implementation projects.

Master of Science in Biostatistics

Students completing a MS are required to demonstrate a pattern of competency in five skill areas. This will be accomplished through two years of satisfactory coursework, one set of written comprehensive examinations, participation in Departmental clinics, seminars, interdisciplinary collaborations, thesis writing and a departmental seminar. MS candidates must demonstrate competency and ability in these areas in a manner that is commensurate with an MS degree and in the best traditions of MS biostatisticians across the country.

Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI)

The MSCI program trains investigators in the techniques and processes utilized in patient-oriented research. This program provides direct, mentored experience in clinical investigation and, through didactic work, provides trainees with a strong foundation in study design, biostatistics, biomedical ethics, clinical pharmacology, human genetics and assay methods. The program typically takes two years to complete. Graduates successfully compete for grants such as the K-23, VA Career Development Award, Clinical Associate Physician Award, R0-1, and major foundation grants.

Master of Education of the Deaf

This one- to two-year program emphasizes the training needed to develop spoken language and auditory skills in deaf and hard-of-hearing children. The Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences is home to a unique, interdisciplinary approach to teacher training by combining training in audiology, speech-language pathology, and deaf education. The Mama Lere Hearing School in our National Center for Childhood Deafness and Family Communication serves as the professional development school for the DHSS deaf education program. This auditory oral school for children who are deaf or hard of hearing is known for its outstanding work in the areas of speech development, auditory training, cochlear implant habilitation, language and reading.

Master of Health Professions Education (MHPE)

The MHPE degree is designed to help health education professionals develop the necessary skills to lead our educational enterprise through a rapidly changing health sciences environment. The program is founded on the premise that a systematic, scholarly approach is the most effective way to address educational challenges.

Master of Laboratory Investigation

The Master of Laboratory Investigation (MLI) program is a three-year program offered by the School of Medicine for Vanderbilt staff who have a B.S. or B.A. degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of 2.5, have at least twelve months of residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) in a research laboratory, and who are nominated by the faculty mentor in whose lab they work with a strong letter of support.

Master of Science in Medical Physics

Vanderbilt University offers the CAMPEP-Accredited Master of Science degree in Medical Physics with a specialty in Radiological Medical Physics. The Vanderbilt MS Program offers both therapy and diagnostic physics tracks. This interdisciplinary program is administered through the Departments of Radiation Oncology and Radiology and Radiological Sciences in the School of Medicine.

Master of Public Health

MPH is a two-year program offered by Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. The primary objective of the program is to train public health scientists and professionals dedicated to improving the public health. The MPH includes didactic coursework, a practicum, and mentored research.

Master of Science (Speech-Language Pathology)

The MS-SLP program provides academic and clinical education leading to the Certificate of Clinical Competence in speech-language pathology (CCC-SLP) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The program spans two academic years (20 to 24 months). The length of the program depends upon the student's academic background.