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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. 

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

Courses*

Code

Credits

Semester

Mechanisms of Body Function

PSIO 441

4

Fall

Introduction to Biochemistry

AGBIO 410

4

Fall

Nutritional Biochemistry

AGBIO 512

4

Spring

Applied Biostatistics 2

BIOS 603

3

Spring

Clinical Research Methods

PUBH 662

3

Spring

Environmental Health

OEHS 601

3

Spring

Drugs:  Bench to Market

Pharm 449

4

Spring

Principles of Clinical Trials

EPID 625

3

Spring

Public Health Toxicology

OEHS 622

3

Spring

       

Cellular Immunology

MICB 720

3

Spring

Research Design and Methods

EXPH 682 

3

Spring

       

Musculoskeletal Biology

EXPH 786

3

Spring

Immunology

BIOL 454

3

Spring

Molecular Biology of Cancer

BIOL 426

3

Spring

Molecular Biology of Disease

BIOL 453

3

Spring

Human Physiology (online)

PSIO 760

6

Summer

General Biochemistry

BIOC 531

5

Summer

Introduction to Biochemistry

AGBIO 410

4

Summer

General Biochemistry

BIOC 531

4

Summer

Molecular Biology of Cancer

BIOL 426

3

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.