Students may focus their studies further by choosing one of three concentrations.

  • The Translational Research Thesis concentration is designed to give students the panoramic perspective of being able to translate a basic research idea into a pragmatic or advantageous product for the biopharmaceutical industry, academia, or healthcare fields. To this end, the curriculum is diverse and interdisciplinary, helping students to draw from the fields of science to meet the demands of industry as well as areas of research deficit. This allows students to build the foundation for future careers in research laboratories or management careers in the biotechnology and biopharmaceutical industry, clinical or academic research laboratories, or pursue doctoral or professional degrees. Examples of research opportunities are: treatments for emerging infectious diseases, rapid pathogen diagnostic technologies, cost efficient vaccines for humanitarian purposes, antibiotic stewardship, Parkinson’s/Alzheimer’s disease, as well as others.

    Past and current research projects:

    • Host-oriented therapies for infectious diseases
    • Rapid automated pathogen diagnosis and reporting
    • GWAS-identified variations and their role in colon cancer etiology
    • CNS drug delivery
    • Low-cost vaccines for diseases that are problematic in developing countries
    • Identification of specific pathogenic or environmental triggers causing autoimmune diseases
    • Neuronal loss in Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease

    Course Offerings in the Translational Research Thesis Concentration – 15.0 units

    Students are required to identify the thesis capstone project site during their first year of studies and must decide a minimum of 18 hours/week to work on their thesis.

  • The Clinical Research Thesis concentration is designed to give students the ability to identify and problem solve healthcare-related issues; allowing students to provide solutions to increase access, improve patient outcomes, reduce cost, and other areas in hospital settings. This allows students to apply research methods learned to solve healthcare issues in our partner clinical sites. In partnership with COPE Health Solutions, KGI Graduate students will be completing their clinical research thesis project within one or more of the hospital sites within the COPE Health Scholars program.

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    Graduates of this concentration are uniquely positioned for future careers as medical researchers (clinical and academic), hospital administrators, or for the pursuit of doctoral studies or a medical or healthcare professional degrees. Students have the opportunity to do research into: nosocomial infections, blood stewardship and usage, antibiotic stewardship, ICU cost control, staff performance, pain management, and case costs.

    Through this research project, students will actively engage in projects that align with their field of study and learn from their on-site advisor how to identify hospital and/or health system needs and provide solutions to address the gaps within a hospital and/or health system. Students will be assisting in data collection and statistical analytics as well as tracking progress of existing hospital projects and/or pending projects. Students will not be assisting with hands-on patient care task or delivery, but instead, gaining exposure to various careers in health care by going on rounds with nurses, doctors, and/or hospital administrators to gather the necessary data for their focused project.

    Course Offerings in the Clinical Research Thesis Concentration – 15.0 units

    Students planning to pursue the Clinical Research Concentration must apply to participate in the program through the KGI-COPE application website. One of the prerequisites to participate in the program is enrollment in the ALS 495 Master’s thesis course by the end of May. Students must dedicate a minimum of 18 hours/week to work on their thesis.

    Students must dedicate a minimum of 18 hours/week to work on their thesis.

    Sample Project Topics

    Sample Project
    Nosocomial Infections
    Nursing/Infection Prevention Departments
    Antibiotic Usage
    Antibiotic Stewardship Program
    Blood Usage
    Documented indication of every transfusion
    ICU Cost Control
    Ventilator weaning and associated ICU protocols
    Medical Staff
    Physician feedback on performance
    Pain Management
    Protocols/Patient-controlled analgesia
    Case Costing
    Analysis of components of high cost/high volume procedures

    Examples of hospital site placements

    • Adventist Health – White Memorial (AHWM), Los Angeles – East
    • Adventist Health – Simi Valley (AHSV), Simi Valley
    • California Hospital Medical Center (CHMC), Los Angeles – Downtown
    • Citrus Valley Health Partners (CVHP), Covina, West Covina, and Glendora
    • Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian (Hoag), Irvine and Newport Beach
    • Kaiser Permanente Riverside (KPR), Riverside – West
    • Kaiser Permanente South Bay (KPSB), Harbor City
    • Riverside Community Hospital (RCH), Riverside – Downtown
    • Adventist Health – Glendale (AHGL), Glendale
    • St. Francis Medical Center (SFMC), Lynwood
    • St. John’s Regional Medical Center (SJRMC), Oxnard and Camarillo
    • St. Joseph Hospital of Orange (SJO), Orange
    • St. Mary Medical Center (SMMC), Long Beach

    Clinical Research Thesis Requirements

    • Complete training on regulatory and compliance-related issues (HIPAA, emergency response protocols, codes, etc.)
    • Clear Background Check
    • On-Site Interview
    • Proof of Immunization/Test Records
    • Health Screening
    • Proof of CPR Certification
    • Proof of Health Insurance
  • The Team Masters Project (TMP) concentration prepares students for working in cross-functional teams to work with sponsoring companies to solve real-life problems. The TMP ideally includes both business and technical aspects; for example, students may be asked to validate a new technology and to develop a strategy for market penetration of the technology. The actual deliverables for each TMP are negotiated by the student team and the company liaison. More information about TMP can be found here.

    Course Offerings in the TMP Concentration – 15.0 units