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Course Requirements

Required courses for all research-based MSc and PhD students

MSc - Year 1

PATHOL 9240A - Understanding Disease - September – December
PATHOL 9510Y - Journal Club Seminar Series - September – April

MSc - Year 1 (Ecosystem Stream)

PATHOL 9240A - Understanding Disease - September – December
PATHOL 9514B - Ecosystem Health - January - April
PATHOL 9510Y - Journal Club Seminar Series  - September – April

MSc - Year 1 (Molecular Imaging)

PATHOL 9240A - Understanding Disease - September – December
MBP518A - Molecular Imaging September - December
PATHOL 9510Y - Journal Club Seminar Series  - September – April

MSc - Year 2

PATHOL 9511Y - Journal Club Seminar Series  - September – April
PATHOL 9687A - Effective Proposal Writing - September – December

PhD - Year 1

PATHOL 9240A* - Understanding Disease - September – December
PATHOL 9610Y - Journal Club Seminar Series - September – April


* If not taken during MSc (transfer students)

PhD - Year 1 (Ecosystem Stream)

PATHOL 9240A* - Understanding Disease  - September – December
PATHOL 9514B* - Ecosystem Health - January - April
PATHOL 9610Y - Journal Club Seminar Series - September – December


* If not taken during MSc (transfer students)  

PhD - Year 2

PATHOL 9240A* - Understanding Disease - September – December
PATHOL 9611Y - Journal Club Seminar Series - September – April
PATHOL 9687A - Effective Proposl Writing - September – December


* If not taken during MSc (transfer students)

PhD - Year 3-4

PATHOL 9612Y - Journal Club Seminar Series - September – April
PATHOL 9613Y - Journal Club Seminar Series - September – April

Biostatistics Course

All students (MSc/PhD, full-time/part-time) are required to take one statistical analysis course.  We recommend the following courses offered by the Departments of Statistical Sciences, Biology, and Health Sciences.  If a student has taken a course which the student and the Advisory Committee believe satisfies the requirement, a waiver request may be submitted to the Graduate Education Committee.  
 
Statistical Sciences  -2244 A/B -   Statistics for Science  -   September or January
Biology - 2244 A/B  -  Analysis & Interpretation of Biological Data  -  September or January
Health Sciences - 3801 A/B  -  Measurement and Analysis in Health Sciences  -  September or January
 
Important note: The supervisor and/or the Advisory Committee may suggest additional courses for the students.  These will be required and the students will be expected to obtain a minimum average of 70%.

Optional Courses

MEDHINFO 9100A - Health Informatics - September – December
MEDHINFO 9110B - Introduction of Health Information Management - January – April

* offered in alternate years 

Course Descriptions:

Understanding Disease (PATHOL 9240)

This is a survey course for students covering the fundamental mechanisms of common disease processes.  The lectures will be delivered conjointly with undergraduate students.  The graduate students will also have to participate in case studies of disease.
Format/Assessment: Lectures/assessment is by written examinations, labs

Biostatistics

There are a number of statistics courses offered through different departments/faculties at Western University.  They differ in content, emphasis, hours/week and tutorial time.  You are required to take one of the following:
Biology                  2244 A/B
Statistical Sciences  2244 A/B
Health Sciences      3801 A/B
Format/Assessment: Variable, see departments offering these courses for more details

Journal Club/Seminar Course

This course will emphasize critical review of the literature and also gives the student an opportunity to practice presentation skills.  Research papers published in peer-reviewed journals are chosen by the students themselves, or with assistance from the instructor, for oral presentations. Each MSc student presents two and each PhD student presents four journal articles.  The students also give the same number of presentations of their own research (in the form of research proposals and progress reports).
Format/Assessment: Presentations/assessment is by peer-review and participation.

Ecosystem Health (PATHOL 9514)

This multi-disciplinary graduate course will include a seminar presentation related to the student’s research project, a critical review of one contemporary ecosystem health research article in the peer-reviewed literature, a critique of one article in the popular press (newspaper or internet), and preparation of a case study involving ecosystem health issues at either the national or international level.  There will also be specialist guest lecturers discussing ecosystem health issues from different perspectives to assist in preparation of the case studies.  
Format/Assessment: Check with course coordinator for details on the format and assessment

Medical Health Informatics (MEDHINFO 9100)

The course will cover fundamental theories and principles of health informatics including: an overview of the health care system; computer systems; communications and information theory; data types; and, data uses and users.  The course will introduce students to the wide range of health informatics applications and uses of computers in health care with emphasis on various clinical support and clinical information systems and on the electronic health record and its achievability.
Format/Assessment: Check with course coordinator for details on the format and assessment

Introduction to Health Information Management (MEDHINFO 9110)

Present-day healthcare relies on the sharing of health information across integrated hospital, health facility, and clinical information systems.  The course will look at the flow of data and health information across the care continuum, the uses and users of health data and health information, and various information systems in current use and how these systems may be integrated from a technological and management perspective.  Pathology 9100 is a prerequisite.
Format/Assessment: Check with course coordinator for details on the format and assessment

Exemption from required courses

A student may submit a request, in writing, to the Graduate Education Committee for exemption from any of the Department’s required courses. The request form is available here  The request must be accompanied by documentation that details the equivalent course.  The course documentation may include the course outline or course notes/exams/evaluation scheme.  The equivalent course must have been taken within the last five years and the student must have received 80% or above.