Curriculum

Program Overview

Students complete their classroom-based courses within the first 12 months on campus at Cedars-Sinai. The MHDS program features 12 required courses over 5 consecutive trimesters. Most classes are taught in the evenings at Cedars-Sinai to accommodate students with daytime commitments. We accept a maximum of 20 students per year into this highly selective program.

The MHDS program features a diverse combination of pedagogical approaches, including traditional classroom didactics, interactive didactics, hands-on laboratory sessions, journal clubs, project sessions work and immersed experiential learning within embedded research and operational teams.

The MHDS faculty believes it is vital to expose students to a wide range of learning experiences. Success in health delivery science requires a strong theoretical basis and pragmatic experiential learning to solidify classroom theory. In addition, students learn specific software programs, including statistical, data visualization, decision analysis and spreadsheet software that is taught in laboratory sessions.

Unique Qualities of the MHDS Program

Academic Calendar 2019-2020

Fall Trimester

Sept. 3–Dec. 20, 2019

Winter Trimester

Jan.7–April 26, 2020

Summer Trimester

May 6–August 23, 2020


Holidays and Breaks
Spring Break

April 29–May 3, 2020

Memorial Day

May 27, 2020

Independence Day

July 4, 2020

Note: The Academic Calendar is subject to change

Additional Learning Opportunities

  • Health Services Lecture Series
  • Department of Medicine Grand Rounds
  • Grants Workshop
Clinical Scholars Program Courses:
  • Research Design
  • Research Ethics
  • Grantsmanship
  • Communication Skills
  • Healthcare Leadership Seminar Series
Important Statement & Notice of Accreditation

Please read our Accreditation Statement from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and our Statement of Academic Freedom.

Have Questions or Need Help?

If you have questions or wish to learn more about the MHDS program, please contact:

Graduate School in Biomedical Sciences
Atrium Building
8700 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048