The Scholarly Concentration (SC) program provides MSPA students with faculty-mentored scholarly experiences in areas of individual interest combined with structured coursework to support this scholarship. This required component of the PA curriculum develops critical thinking, skills in evaluating new data, and hands-on experience with the methods by which new scholarly information is generated.
The MSPA Studies program offers the following 4 scholarly areas of study:
- Clinical Research
- Community Health
- Health Services and Policy Research
- Medical Education
Students are required to a take a minimum of 6 units of coursework in their area of scholarly concentration.
During the “mini-quarter” (first four weeks of Q1) students are encouraged to explore and compare the different Scholarly Concentrations and their course and research opportunities by meeting with their faculty advisor and the Scholarly Concentration leads. Each student must declare a Scholarly Concentration by submitting their course plan, learning objectives, and general project description to their faculty advisor by the end of the mini quarter (mid-September).
In addition to the course unit requirements, students are required to submit a written report of their scholarly project and present their project at one of the Capstone presentation days. Presentation of scholarly work and submittal of written report must be completed by March 15th of the graduating year.