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Walter S. and Lucienne Driskill Graduate Training Program in Life Sciences (DGP)

The Walter S. and Lucienne Driskill Graduate Training Program in the Life Sciences, formerly known as the Integrated Graduate Program in the Life Sciences (DGP), was established in 1990 to serve as an umbrella program for graduate student training in all basic science and clinical departments at the medical school. The program is designed to give its students flexibility in choosing courses, research interests, and thesis advisors at the medical school while offering them a strong foundation in the modern sciences. Students can earn a PhD degree in one of their nine curricula.

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Northwestern University Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program (NUIN)

Four schools and 20 departments participate in this program that offers students a PhD in Neuroscience. Those enrolled work with faculty from the Graduate School, Feinberg School of Medicine, School of Speech and the School of Engineering. One of NUIN'goals is to provide the students with hands-on laboratory research.

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MD/PhD - Doctor of Medicine/PhD (Medical Scientist Training Program, MSTP)

The MSTP program allows students to work towards both an MD and PhD degree through the medical school and the Graduate School, respectively. Students are first admitted to the medical school before applying for the MSTP.

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Clinical Psychology

The division of Psychology within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences offers a PhD and an MA degree.

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Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

The Physical Therapy program is a 27-month program offered through the Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement. Upon fulfilling degree requirements, students sit for the license examination.

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Health Sciences Integrated PhD Program

The Health Sciences Integrated Program (HSIP) offers doctoral student training across multiple disciplines within the Health Sciences.

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Master of Science in Clinical Investigation

The master of science in Clinical Investigation is a part-time evening program that complements the Master's of Public Health program in providing education in quantitative and ethically sound methods necessary for design, implementation, analysis, and publication of clinical research studies.

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Master of Science in Biostatistics (MSB)

The Master of Science in Biostatistics is a four-quarter (July 1st – mid-June) program training postdoctoral and predoctoral scientists to apply current methods of epidemiology and biostatistics to conduct research on a range of health problems facing the population.

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Master of Genetic Counseling

This research-focused program offers students access to experienced and well-respected faculty, coursework that incorporates both the medical and psychosocial aspects of genetic counseling and an opportunity to work in a variety of clinical settings.

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Master of Science in Health Communication

The master of science in Health Communication is a one-year program that prepares graduates to design, produce, analyze, and evaluate effective campaigns, policies, protocols, and media products in order to improve health and healthcare outcomes.

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Master of Science in Health Services and Outcomes Research

The master of science in Health Services and Outcomes Research is a part-time program that provides interdisciplinary research training to students, fellows, residents and faculty who want to expand their research expertise and make contributions to the fields of health services and outcomes research. The program is geared toward physicians, PhDs, and experienced healthcare professionals, and aims equip graduates to investigate and address key issues related to the delivery and outcomes of healthcare.

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Master in Health Informatics (MHI)

Whether your background is in information technology, health care or the life sciences, the Master of Science in Medical Informatics program builds upon your expertise and prepares you for the challenges of the field. Graduates will have the skills to fill positions across the entire spectrum of health care delivery: in independent practice, hospitals and health systems, and through implementation of EHRs and providing models of health information exchange.

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MD/MPH - Doctor of Medicine/Master of Public Health

The MD/MPH Program allows students in the medical school to earn a master of Public Health degree part-time in the evening while they earn a MD at Feinberg. Administered through the Department of Preventive Medicine, students should first be accepted into the medical school before applying to the Graduate School.

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Master in Prosthetics-Orthotics (MPO)

The Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center masters in Prosthetics & Orthotics Program (MPO) is a full-time, two-year (21-month) academic curriculum that prepares the graduate to enter an accredited residency program, sit for national certification examinations, and become a successful entry-level practitioner in prosthetics and orthotics.

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Master of Public Health (MPH)

The MPH program is a part-time evening program designed to prepare health care professionals to be boundary spanners between clinical care and public health. Students typically complete four hours of classroom instruction per week, year round, for three years. This program is administered through the Feinberg Department of Preventive Medicine.

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Master of Science in Regulatory Compliance

An interdisciplinary professional program, Northwestern University’s MSRC addresses core areas of regulatory compliance, including risk management, quality systems, leadership, and communication skills. The MSRC curriculum focuses on these interdisciplinary core competencies while also stressing practical applications within the program’s three tracks: healthcare compliance, clinical research, and quality systems.

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Master of Science in Reproductive Science

This 18-month, full-time, terminal Master’s of Science degree program focuses on mammalian reproductive biology and medicine.

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Master of Science in Health and Biomedical Informatics

This part-time degree program is geared primarily toward doctorally-prepared researchers who wish to gain additional experience in HBMI.

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Master of Science in Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety

The Master of Science in Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety is a part-time or dual-degree program focusing on the theoretical and practical skills necessary for improving healthcare delivery systems as well as changing the policy landscape of our healthcare system.

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Student & Alumni Testimonials

Students from Feinberg graduate programs share their experiences.

Kae Engelhard, MD, Maser f Science in Healh Services and Ocmes Research

Kate Engelhardt, MD, Master of Science in Health Services and Outcomes Research

The Master’s program has connected me with resources to draw upon throughout the design and execution of all of my research projects. I expect these connections to be life-long relationships for research collaboration."

Jessica Sll, Gradae Prgram in Geneic Cnseling, Class f 2014

Jessica Stoll, Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling, Class of 2014

My time at Northwestern provided me amazing exposure to a wide variety of clinic settings and counseling experiences. I also learned a great deal about clinical research and have been able to apply this experience to my position in an academic medical center."

Mavis Prall, MSJ, MS, Maser f Science in Healhcare Qaliy and Paien Safey, Class f 2010

Mavis Prall, MSJ, MS, Master of Science in Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety, Class of 2010

I was worried that my non-clinical background would hinder me, but the instructors and my fellow classmates were extraordinarily supportive. I found the program to be stimulating, exciting and rewarding. The program immediately expanded my professional opportunities."

Zachary Pisenbarger, MD, Maser f Science in Healh Services and Ocmes Research

Zachary Pittsenbarger, MD, Master of Science in Health Services and Outcomes Research

The variety of classes we take gives us exposure to all sorts of health services research. I never thought I would use qualitative or economics research methods in a project, but now I have the skills to incorporate them into future projects."

Sergi Cardna-Gnzalez, MS, MD, Maser f Science in Reprdcive Science  Medicine, Class f 2018

Sergio Cardona-Gonzalez, MS, MD, Master of Science in Reproductive Science & Medicine, Class of 2018

I think that the multidisciplinary network is one of the most valuable aspects of the CRS. There are so many research areas and labs working in various aspects of the reproductive sciences that make the perfect networking and knowledge-rich environment."

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