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Curriculum

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 Science Courses

Code

Credits

Summer start

Fall start

Independent Study

BMS 695

2

Summer

-

Special Topics: Professionalism

BMS 793B

2

Summer

-

 

Fundamentals of Physiology

PSIO 743

5

Fall

Fall

Public Health Epidemiology

EPID 601

3

Fall

Fall

Applied Biostatistics

BIOS 601

3

Fall

Fall

Applied Biostatistics Lab

BIOS 602

1

Fall

Fall

Seminar/Journal Club

BMS 694A

1

Fall

Fall

Independent Study

BMS 695

2

Fall

Fall

General Biochemistry

or

Applied Pharmacology

BIOC 531

PCOL 549

4

4

Spring

Spring

Spring

Spring

Social & Behavioral Theory

SBHS 601

3

Spring

Spring

One elective listed below

 

3

Spring

Spring

Independent Study

BMS 695

2

Spring

Spring

Seminar/Journal Club

BMS 694

1

Spring

Spring

 

Independent Study

BMS 695

2

-

Summer

Special Topics: Professionalism

BMS 793B

2

-

Summer

 

Total Course Credits

25

 

Independent Study Credits

6

 

Total Program Credits

31

 

 

Spring/Summer Electives

Courses*

Code

Credits

Semester

Applied Biostatistics 2

BIOS 603

3

Spring

Clinical Research Methods

PUBH 662

3

Spring

Environmental Health

OEHS 601

3

Spring

Drugs and Medicines

PHAR 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

Nutritional biochemistry

AGBI 512

4

Spring

Immunology

BIOL 454

3

Spring

Molecular Biology of Cancer

BIOL 426

3

Spring/Summer

Molecular Biology of Disease

BIOL 453

3

Spring

Human Physiology (online)

PSIO 760

3

Summer

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

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.