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Coursework Requirements

To satisfy program requirements, students must complete Laney Graduate School and M2M requirements. We anticipate that in most instances, the M2M requirements will fulfill most of the "home" program requirements and where needed, modifications to home program requirements will be negotiated with the DGS of the home program.

The required M2M courses provide students with a foundation in the core competencies of integrating laboratory and population-based sciences in order to improve human health. Below is a listing of the coursework requirements of the M2M program. In addition to these requirements, there are track-specific required courses that are meant to provide the student with expertise within a given area of study as it relates to their selected track.

  • M2M Seminar (M2M 700 - see description below) - 2 credit hours
  • Epidemiology (EPI 530) - 4 credit hours
  • Biostatistics (BIO 500 or 506) - 4 credit hours
  • Course substitution for ANT 575: Requirement of social science course that connects biology; student can pick a course and discuss with track leaders; final decision will be based on track leaders’ approval.

Other courses in each discipline (social science, biostatistics, epidemiology, medical science) may be substituted for the specified courses with approval of the M2M executive committee. Participation in the M2M seminar is required every semester until graduation unless excused by the M2M executive committee. Depending on the student's previous experience and completed coursework, core courses may be waived by approval of the executive committee. At least once a year, students will present a seminar on their own research.  Students are also expected to participate in professional meetings in their area of research with a poster or oral presentation.

Doctoral Seminar in Human Health: Molecules to Mankind (M2M 700)

The intersection between population science and laboratory science stretches far and wide. An important challenge that you face as a doctoral student is developing your own understanding of the research arena. This course will serve as a guided tour of the existing research in areas that already bridge population and laboratory sciences. In a single semester it is impossible to complete an exhaustive tour of the research, thus we will explore select case studies that will give you a sufficient lay of the land. The goal is to help students to gain broad familiarity with the existing research, and help develop their analytical skills necessary to critically evaluate and integrate work in this area. To accomplish these objectives, a great deal of reading will be required. It is critical each student read the material before class, as well as spend some time thinking about the implications of the readings.

This is a discussion-based seminar that requires active involvement. Accordingly, attendance is required for every class session. Each week students are required to read five or six journal articles. The goal each week is to generate a high quality discussion that promotes understanding of the research. In class, we will aim to cover as many readings as time permits.