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Curriculum

Curriculum:

Students take the core curriculum and 7-9 credits of electives from the choices listed.

Fall Semester

TitlesCoursesCredits

Fundamentals of Physiology

PSIO 7431

5

Public Health Epidemiology

EPID 601

3

Applied Biostatistics

BIOS 601

3

Applied Biostatistics Lab

BIOS 602

1

Seminar: Journal Club

BMS 694

2

Independent Study

BMS 695

2

 

Spring Semester

Titles

Courses

Credits

General Biochemistry
or Applied Pharmacology

BIOC 5311,2
PCOL 549

4
4

Social & Behavioral Theory

SBHS 601

3

Seminar: Journal Club

BMS 694

2

Independent Study

BMS 695

2

Possible electives:

   

Applied Biostatistics 2

BIOS 603

3

Applied Healthcare Leadership HPML 791

3

Clinical Research Methods

PUBH 662

3

Environmental Health

OEHS 601

3

Healthcare and Insurance: Medicaid, Medicare and the Affordable Care Act

HPML 675

3

Immunology & Biotechnology

PHAR 709

3

Molecular Diagnosis in Public Health

OEHS 770

3

Microbial Pathogensis

MICR 784

4

Patient Reported Outcomes

PHAR 757

3

Principles of Clinical Trials

EPID 625

3

Public Health Toxicology

OEHS 622

3

1PSIO 743 and BIOC 531 are part of the School of Dentistry curriculum. Students interested in admission to the WVU School of Dentistry will want to consider alternate courses or these would need to be repeated during Dental School.

2AGBI610 (Agricultural Biochemistry) offered in the Fall can be substituted based on recommendation of the mentoring team.

Summer Session

Titles

Courses

Credits

Independent Study

BMS 795

2

Possible elective:

   

Cardiovascular (Respiratory) Sciences

BMS 793

3

 

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 project is summarized in manuscript format and 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.