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Master of Medical Studies

The Master of Medical Studies (MMS) program provides foundational research skills for those with health sciences backgrounds who want to develop a robust approach to answering health care questions. The program focuses on developing the necessary skills to acquire grant funding, obtain ethics approval, develop a research question and appropriate methodology, complete the research study, and finally write and present the results at conferences and in publication.  

The focus of the research component of the MMS program is to conduct socially accountable, community engaged, and clinically relevant research. The courses for the MMS have been designed to specifically provide students with the knowledge and skills to conduct independent clinical research.  

Our goal is for learners to focus on health care problems in the north and to improve the health status of all people in northern, rural, and remote communities. The program will guide you to understand translation of research results into practice. The MMS program uses an asynchronous model to deliver the course material, the courses are available online. Students can complete this program remotely with a flexible schedule. There is no in-person requirement for this program.   

Program Objectives and Highlights

  • To provide students with core knowledge of health research 
  • To train students in the collection and critical analysis of scientific data 
  • To teach students how to professionally communicate and transfer knowledge for the benefit of society 
  • To deliver a program with an emphasis on socially accountable research 
  • Designed to be flexible for full-time and part-time studies 
  • Delivered online to suit your schedule 
  • Open to domestic and international applicants 

Degree Options

The MMS program offers two degrees to choose from. 

A) Thesis-Based option: A research thesis is a major component of the program where it emphasizes original research and research methodology. This program is designed for students who want to be an independent researcher or eventually want to pursue a PhD.

Program Language: English
Length of the Program: 2 years to 6 years
Status: Full-time and Part-time
Delivery Mode: Online Asynchronous
Admission requirements: Applicant must possess a Bachelor’s degree in a Health Sciences discipline, or equivalent and must secure a Supervisor. For additional information visit our Admissions Requirements page.
Course Requirement: Visit our Course Description page
Time commitment per course: Varies

To successfully complete the program, the student must maintain at least an overall average grade of B (70%). 

B) Course-Based option: This program involves students focusing on learning how to do excellent research via applied courses, rather than a thesis research project. This program is designed for students who require an MSc and want to learn about how to do research but do not want to pursue a PhD and who do not necessarily want to be an independent researcher.

Program Language: English
Length of the Program: 2 years to 6 years
Status: Full-time and Part-time
Delivery Mode: Online Asynchronous
Admission requirements: Applicant must possess a Bachelor’s degree in a Health Sciences discipline, or equivalent. For additional information visit our Admissions Requirements page.
Course Requirement: Visit our Course Description page
Time commitment per course: Varies

To successfully complete the program, the student must maintain at least an overall average grade of B (70%). 

Students can complete their degree sooner by taking more courses per semester, however, students will be required to pay two years (6 terms) of tuition regardless of completion time and program status (full-time or part-time). 

Student Testimonials

“The MMS program really resonated with me because it highlights issues in communities, and it is best suited to researching transport medicine and critical care.”

“I chose the NOSM U MMS program since it provides a strong foundation in research methodologies and techniques. I believe that this emphasis on research will be essential to my future career as a physician, as it will enable me to make evidence-based decisions and contribute to the advancement of medical knowledge. Additionally, the programs focus on providing care for underserved populations is also aligned with my interest in promoting health equity and addressing health disparities.”

“I was really interested in the NOSM U MMS program because of focuses on Northern Ontario Health and I also have a strong interest in Indigenous My main topic of research is analyzing the specific behavioral issues in marginalized populations in the North.”

For information on financial aid and/or OSAP for the Master of Medical Studies program, please visit the financial aid webpage.

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