Collaborative Graduate Program in Musculoskeletal Health ResearchWestern University


Graduate students entering the Program may already have significant course loads within the various graduate departments, and may be unable to take on too many additional formal courses. Accordingly, we deliver an integrated combination of teaching techniques to enhance the skills of our trainees in identified strategic areas, while complementing their concurrent research activities.

Students accepted into the Collaborative Training Program in Musculoskeletal Health Research are expected to:

- Fulfill all requirements of their Home Department/School 

- Successfully complete the MSK9000 and MSK9100 course requirements

- Participate in the monthly Bone & Joint Seminar Series and theme-specific workshops

- Attend and participate in the yearly Bone & Joint Retreat

- Participate in outreach and education events

- Participate in Health Leadership Training through the Ivey School of Business

- Submit reporting, as requested by program administration.

Trainee membership, including funding, is contingent upon suitable participation and meeting the Terms of the CMHR, reviewed annually.


Graduate Course Work

Course material will be presented in a manner that can be understood by trainees from a range of backgrounds – from molecular biology to biomechanical engineering to health services research. Classroom time provides an opportunity for trainees to meet and become familiar with each other’s work, to meet mentors from a variety of research areas and to provide valuable feedback.

Students admitted to this Collaborative Training Program are required to complete the mandatory course requirements of the Home Department or Program in which they are registered. Additionally specific core concepts will provide a foundational knowledge base for all graduate students in the Collaborative Training Program in Musculoskeletal Health Research. These concepts are integrated in two required half-courses:

The two courses are offered in a conventional classroom environment and students will be required to take each course only once in their graduate career. At the discretion of the student’s home program, MSK 9000 and MSK 9100 may be considered as replacements for required departmental credits (See CMHR Terms of Reference); MSK 9000 and MSK 9100 are each half-course equivalents; taken sequentially they represent one full course.

Graduate Courses Offered by the Program


Faculty member(s) expected to teach the course

Frequency of Course

MSK 9000

Musculoskeletal Health Research A: Biomedical and Bioengineering Concepts

Dr. C. Séguin  (course director)

Dr. F. Beier

Dr. E. Cairns

Dr. J. Johnson

Dr. D. Hamilton



Offered annually in the fall term, with each student enrolled in the Collaborative Training Program completing the course once in their graduate career

MSK 9100

Musculoskeletal Health Research B: Fundamental Concepts in Clinical and Health Services Research

Dr. T. Birmingham (course director)

Dr. D. Holdsworth (course director)

Dr. J. MacDermid (course director)

Dr. D. Bryant

Dr. B. Chesworth

Dr. T. Doherty

Dr. T. Jenkyn

Dr. M. Maly

Dr. J. Pope


Offered annually in the winter term, with each student enrolled in the Collaborative Training Program completing the course once in their graduate career