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Surgery M.S. Surg.

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Department of Surgery, University of Minnesota, 420 Delaware Street S.E., MMC 195, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-626-6122)
  • Program Type: Master's
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2019
  • Length of program in credits: 30
  • This program requires summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Master of Science in Surgery
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The general surgery residency program trains medical doctors for the practice of surgery and for academic positions. During Residency, research trainees spend two to three years in either a basic science laboratory or in clinical translational surgery. The Department of Surgery offers supervised work in its experimental research laboratories, hospital, and outpatient departments.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
MD or graduate student in an applicable field
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
Prospective students must be in the general surgery training program, with two to three clinical years of training completed; physicians interested in an advanced research degree; or individuals with relevant research education and experience. Non-physician applicants should confer with the Director of Graduate Studies prior to applying to determine their potential for the M.S.Surg degree.
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Plan A: Plan A requires 20 major credits, 0 credits outside the major, and 10 thesis credits. The final exam is oral.
Plan B: Plan B requires 30 major credits and 0 credits outside the major. The final exam is oral.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
Required Coursework
All students complete the following courses:
PUBH 6450 - Biostatistics I (4.0 cr)
PUBH 6451 - Biostatistics II (4.0 cr)
PUBH 6301 - Fundamentals of Clinical Research (3.0 cr)
PUBH 6742 - Ethics in Public Health: Research and Policy (1.0 cr)
SURG 8202 - Surgical Research (3.0 cr)
SURG 8990 - Topics in Pancreatology (1.0-4.0 cr)
SURG 8994 - Directed Readings (1.0-4.0 cr)
SURG 8992 - Directed Research (2.0-4.0 cr)
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PUBH 6450 - Biostatistics I
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Descriptive statistics. Gaussian probability models, point/interval estimation for means/proportions. Hypothesis testing, including t, chi-square, and nonparametric tests. Simple regression/correlation. ANOVA. Health science applications using output from statistical packages. prereq: [College-level algebra, health sciences grad student] or instr consent
PUBH 6451 - Biostatistics II
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Two-way ANOVA, interactions, repeated measures, general linear models. Logistic regression for cohort and case-control studies. Loglinear models, contingency tables, Poisson regression, survival data, Kaplan-Meier methods, proportional hazards models. prereq: [PubH 6450 with grade of at least B, health sciences grad student] or instr consent
PUBH 6301 - Fundamentals of Clinical Research
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00562
Typically offered: Every Fall
Concepts of clinical research design/implementation/analysis. Students will learn skills needed for research in humans.
PUBH 6742 - Ethics in Public Health: Research and Policy
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Introduction to ethical issues in public health research/policy. Ethical analysis. Recognizing/analyzing moral issues.
SURG 8202 - Surgical Research
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Graduate students undertake original investigation of problems in either experimental or clinical surgery. prereq: Grad surg major
SURG 8990 - Topics in Pancreatology
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Presentations and discussion of translation of bench to bedside research in Pancreatology.
SURG 8994 - Directed Readings
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Students will read and discuss publications related to their research projects and in their specialty areas.
SURG 8992 - Directed Research
Credits: 2.0 -4.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Students will conduct basic or clinical research under the guidance of a faculty member in the Department of Surgery.
SURG 8777 - Thesis Credits: Master's
Credits: 1.0 -18.0 [max 50.0]
Grading Basis: No Grade
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
(No description) prereq: Max 18 cr per semester or summer; 10 cr total required [Plan A only]