Gateways Program


The Master in Medical Sciences program imparts an in-depth understanding of health and disease, a broad understanding of the complex factors affecting health and health care delivery, and first-hand experience working in a community health care setting with underserved and vulnerable patients.

This one-year master's program will give students a rigorous foundation in biomedical science, as well as an opportunity to explore first hand the complexities of today's healthcare system.

The Gateways Program features small class sizes that allow for individualized attention to students' academic needs.
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All students in the Master of Medical Science program complete a focused community project of benefit to their longitudinal community healthcare site and patients.
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Students benefit from hands-on, practical experiences at our community healthcare sites.
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Curriculum Components

The ScM in Medical Sciences curriculum consists of three main components:

This rigorous set of courses is almost identical to those taken by first-year Alpert Medical School students. They are completed in tandem with the medical students, and for several of the courses you will be assessed using the same exams.

This series of courses, unique to the ScM program, combines an interactive seminar structure with longitudinal experiential learning, service learning, and field work in a community healthcare site. Content will cover a broad range of topics, including the social determinants of health, health care systems, care of vulnerable patients, interdisciplinary health care teams, population health, patient advocacy, professional and ethical issues in medicine, quality improvement techniques, and fundamentals of project evaluation methods.

You will be required to complete a focused community project of benefit to your longitudinal community healthcare site and patients. You will be able to choose from a variety of projects offered by your community site.  Projects must be approved by both the ScM program director and the site coordinator at your community healthcare site.

Curriculum Outline and Course Sequencing

Timing Required Courses Course Units

Summer Session
(July, 2 weeks)

Introduction to Medical Sciences and Patient Care 0.5
Fall Semester
Human Histology 1
  Human Anatomy 1
  General Pathology 1
  Scientific Foundations of Medicine 1
  Patient Care in Complex Systems I 1
Spring Semester
Brain Science & Neurology (includes Head & Neck Anatomy) 1
  Microbiology and Infectious Disease 1
  Patient Care in Complex Systems II
(includes community project implementation & presentation)
  Total Required Courses 8.5