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Curriculum

The following courses provide the core knowledge recommended for all students.  Students with demonstrated ability in one or more of these courses may substitute an elective with permission from the academic mentor. AGBI410 (Agricultural Biochemistry) or AGBI610 or AGBI512/513 can be substituted based on the recommendation of the graduate director. 

MS in Health Sciences Courses- Summer Start

  • Independent Study- BMS 695- 2 Credits- Summer
  • Professionalism in Health Care- BMS 685- 2 Credits- Summer
  • Elective (400 level or higher)- 3 Credits- Summer
  • Fundamentals of Physiology- PSIO 743- 5 Credits- Fall
  • Public Health Epidemiology- EPID 601- 3 Credits- Fall
  • Applied Biostatistics- BIOS 601- 3 Credits- Fall
  • Applied Biostatistics Lab-BIOS 602- 1 Credit- Fall
  • Seminar/ Journal Club- BMS 684- 1 Credit- Fall
  • Independent Study- BMS 695- 2 Credits- Fall
  • General Biochemistry or Applied Pharmacology- BIOC 531/ PCOL 549- 4 Credits- Spring
  • Social and Behavioral Theory- SBHS 601- 3 Credits- Spring
  • Elective- 3 Credits- Spring
  • Elective- 3 Credits- Spring
  • Independent Study- BMS 695- 2 Credits- Spring

MS in Health Sciences Courses- Fall Start

  • Fundamentals of Physiology- PSIO 743- 5 Credits- Fall
  • Public Health Epidemiology- EPID 601- 3 Credits- Fall
  • Applied Biostatistics- BIOS 601- 3 Credits- Fall
  • Applied Biostatistics Lab-BIOS 602- 1 Credit- Fall
  • Seminar/ Journal Club- BMS 684- 1 Credit- Fall
  • Independent Study- BMS 695- 2 Credits- Fall
  • General Biochemistry or Applied Pharmacology- BIOC 531/ PCOL 549- 4 Credits- Spring
  • Social and Behavioral Theory- SBHS 601- 3 Credits- Spring
  • Elective- 3 Credits- Spring
  • Elective- 3 Credits- Spring
  • Independent Study- BMS 695- 2 Credits- Spring

Total Course Credits 3 Semesters- 31

Independent Study Credits- 6

Total Program Credits- 37

 

Spring/Summer Electives *Some courses are restricted, so please contact the professor for permission to enroll.

Mechanism of Body Function- PSIO 441- 4 Credits- Fall

Introduction to Biochemistry- AGBIO 410- 4 Credits- Fall

Nutritional Biochemistry- AGBIO 512- 4 Credits- Spring

Applied Biostatistics 2- BIOS 603- 3 Credits- Spring

Clinical Research Methods- PUBH- 3 Credits- Spring

Environmental Health- OEHS 601- 3 Credits- Spring

Drugs: Bench to Market- Pharm 449- 4 Credits- Spring

Principles of Clinical Trials- EPID 625- 3 Credits

Public Health Toxicology- OEHS- 3 Credits- Spring

Cellular Immunology-MICB 720- 3 Credits- Spring

Research Design and Methods- EXPH 682- 3 Credits- Spring

Musculoskeletal Biology- EXPH 786- 3 Credits- Spring

Immunology- BIOL 454- 3 Credits- Spring

Molecular Biology of Cancer- BIOL 426- 3 Credits- Spring

Molecular Biology of Disease- BIOL 453- 3 Credits- Spring

Human Biology (online)- PSIO 760- 6 Credits- Summer

General Biochemistry- BIOC 531- 5 Credits- Summer

Introduction to Biochemistry- AGBIO 410- 4 Credits- Summer

General Biochemistry- BIOC 531- 4 Credits- Summer

Molecular Biology of Cancer- BIOL 426- 3 Credits- Summer

 

Independent study

The independent study project is a yearlong activity that allows the student to explore in depth a topic of their choice. These might include:

  1. Retrospective analysis of clinical outcomes. Such projects are routinely done by medical students as research rotations or summer activities.
  2. Secondary analysis of a national database, e.g., NHANES.
  3. Participation in data management for an existing clinical or community study, e.g., the CARDIAC project.

At the end, the students will make short presentations of their projects to the other students and faculty in the program.

Career planning and test preparation

The hallmark of the program is the individual time spent assisting the student with career development. This begins with an assessment of the student's interests via an individual development plan and then mentored guidance throughout the program. Students will have access to workshops on resume preparation, interviewing or preparation to take admissions tests such at the MCAT or GRE to help them achieve their next career step.