The MMS program consists of 19.5 credits made up of a research thesis, three required courses, and one of three elective course choices.
Students in the MMS program are required to attend at least one face-to-face Program Workshop. The purpose of the Workshop is to provide a venue for networking, research presentations, and program evaluation.
Learners enrolled in full-time study are expected to complete the program of study in two years, including completion and successful defense of the research thesis. We anticipate physicians enrolled full-time will significantly reduce their clinical workload.
Part-time learners are expected to complete the MMS program within six years, including completion and successful defense of the research thesis.
MEDS 5810 – Research Thesis (9 Credits)
This course comprises the research thesis component of the MMS degree. The thesis will be written in either the traditional approach utilizing individual chapters or the more progressive approach as an expanded manuscript. The approach, which is taken, is decided by the student’s thesis committee and takes into consideration the area of research interests. It is expected that each student will enroll concurrently in this course each semester that they are in the program either as a full time or part time student. Once the thesis is completed and successfully defended, then the total course credit of 9 will be awarded.
MEDS 5815 – Introduction to Research in Medical Studies (3 Credits, required)
This is the foundational course for the MMS degree and it focuses on contemporary approaches in conducting research in medicine and the health care field. It includes topics such as: research design and experimentation, qualitative and quantitative methodology and analyses, bioethics, and the development of a research proposal. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to develop a research proposal and apply the appropriate qualitative or quantitative approach to data collection and analysis as it relates to health-based research.
MEDS 5830 – Independent Study/or Advanced Topics (3 Credits, required)
This course is designed to introduce the student to topics of interest that are related to the student’s proposed area of research. This course will allow the student to explore their area of interest at a greater depth and gain more specialized and specific knowledge, which will assist in designing and conducting their thesis research project. The topic will be agreed upon by the supervisor and student and must be related to their research area of interest. Upon completion of this course, the student will have a greater understanding of the selected area of research in order to develop their own research proposal and thesis topic.
MEDS 5835 – Bioethics and Research Integrity (3 Credits, required)
This course is designed to provide the student with an in-depth understanding of topics in research bioethics and responsible conduct of research in areas of health and medicine, as they relate to research in rural, remote and marginalized communities. This course will include consideration of the moral, ethical and philosophical implications of health research and the principles of responsible conduct of research in the context of national and international standards.
MEDS 5850 – Research Grant Writing (1.5 Credits, elective)
This course introduces students to various aspects of grant writing and grant writing styles. This course focuses on the step-by-step processes involved in creating a competitive research grant proposal. This course also provides instruction on identifying health research funding opportunities from local, provincial, national and international agencies, including those unique to Northern Ontario. This course culminates in students developing and writing a grant proposal based on their chosen area of research interest and how the funding would support advancement of that field of study.
MEDS 5855 – Critical Appraisal of Research Reports (1.5 Credits, elective)
This course will introduce students to methods for critically evaluating health research by focusing on critical appraisal of current and relevant health research publications, including clinical research. This course will include a systematic approach for evaluating the strengths, weaknesses and value of research reports and how to assess the usefulness and validity of the research findings. The students will also learn the skills necessary to evaluate various types of research methodologies with the aim of providing the students with the tools to guide their own critical analysis and evaluate their own written work.
MEDS 5870 – Special Topics in Rural and Remote Practice (1.5 Credits, elective)
This course will focus on aspects of rural and remote practice in the context of Northern Ontario. This course will include topics on health and illness as they relate to rural and remote communities, what defines rural and remote, access to care, social determinants of health, training for rural or remote practice, and recruitment and retention of rural health workforce. This course will introduce students to organizations that address rural and remote practices globally.