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A. Curriculum

Master’s Degree Requirements and Course Credit Limitations

Students in a master’s program must complete a minimum of 31 total credits, of which at least 25 credits must be coursework other than research or independent study, etc. credits.

Credit toward a MS graduate degree may be obtained only for courses listed in the graduate catalog and numbered 400–799. No more than forty percent of course credits counted toward any graduate degree may be at the 400-level. No residence credit is allowed for special field assignments or other work taken off the WVU campus without prior approval. Graduate credit is obtained only for courses in which the grade earned is A, B, C, P or S. Courses taken as audits or courses in which the grade earned is D, F, or U may not count toward a graduate degree.

A.1.  Core Curriculum:  29 credits

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) can be substituted based on recommendation of the graduate director.  Students interested in dental school should take PSIO441 instead of PSIO743.

 

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 694

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

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

 

 

A.2. Approved Spring Electives:  at least 3 credits

Courses

Code

Credits

Semester

Applied Biostatistics 2

BIOS 603

3

Spring

Applied Healthcare Leadership

HPML 791

3

Spring

Clinical Research Methods

PUBH 662

3

Spring

Environmental Health

OEHS 601

3

Spring

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

HPML 675

3

Spring

Immunology & Biotechnology

PHAR 709

3

Spring

Microbial Pathogenesis

MICB 784

4

Spring

Molecular Diagnosis in Public Health

OEHS 770

3

Spring

Patient Reported Outcomes

PHAR 757

3

Spring

Principles of Clinical Trials

EPID 625

3

Spring

Public Health Toxicology

OEHS 622

3

Spring

Introduction to Research

EDP 612

3

Summer

Public Mental Health

PUBH 586

3

Summer

Introduction to Global Public Health

PUBH 605

3

Summer

A.3.  Journal Club

Graduate students in the Master of Science in Health Sciences program take this course. The course is designed to introduce graduate students to current topics in healthcare industry and biomedical sciences.  Students will critically read and interpret the literature over a broad range of topics related to evidence based medicine and clinical and translational research. The course will provide opportunities for students to develop skills in public speaking and writing for medical publication. All students will be expected to have read the article and be prepared to discuss it as a group. The journal club will be facilitated by a member of the faculty or an advanced graduate student.

Attendance at journal clubs is mandatory.  If you must miss a Journal Club for any reason, you must be excused by the JC faculty coordinator. This can be done by you personally emailing or calling the JC faculty coordinator prior to the journal club. More than 3 unexcused absence will result in a drop of grade. An unexcused absence is one in which  you simply do not attend class and fail to inform the JC faculty coordinator prior to the absence. Excused absences will result in your needing to make-up the missed work. This will involve writing a 1-page summary of the paper. More than one excused absence may affect your grade as well.

A.4.  Special Topics: Professionalism in Health Care

Graduate students in the Master of Science in Health Sciences program take this course. The course is designed to review the key elements of professionalism that are required for career success in a medical profession.  Students will discuss the importance of relationships, fostering teamwork and good communication skills. The course will provide opportunities for students to explore best practices that apply to all health care workers.

Attendance at class is mandatory.  If you must miss for any reason, you must be excused by the faculty coordinator. This can be done by you personally emailing or calling the faculty coordinator prior to class. More than 3 unexcused absence will result in a drop of grade. An unexcused absence is one in which you simply do not attend class and fail to contact anyone. Excused absences will result in your needing to make-up the missed work. This will involve writing a 1-page summary of the work missed More than one excused absence may affect your grade as well.

A.5. Training in ethics

All students will be required to complete the online course in scientific ethics developed by CITI and available on the website for the WVU Office of Research Integrity.  In addition to the core module in this training, students will also complete the optional module on plagiarism.

A.6.  Independent study

Each student will also design and carry out an independent research project under the guidance of his/her faculty mentors. The topic of the project should align with career interests.  Examples can be found in appendix A. The project concludes the end of July for students starting in the Fall semester and the end of April for students starting in Summer session.  Each student will present their project orally (12-min talk, 3-min for questions) to the other students and faculty in the program.

B.  Summer Skill Development Activities:

Summer semester activities will involve choices of career development activities extending over a 12-week period. Activities 1-3 listed below are on-line and self-paced. Activities 4-6 are conducted at the HSC.

  1. MCAT, DAT, or GRE pre-tests are offered to help identify areas of deficiency
  2. Formal MCAT or DAT preparation with targeted remediation are offered, using one of the currently available on-line courses offered by Gold Standard or Kaplan. Remediation will involve repeating the relevant portions of the test preparation course, and, for those students taking the Tutors will be made available to students.

Note 1: In 2015, the MCAT will change to incorporate more questions pertinent to biochemistry (less organic chemistry), biostatistics, psychology, and cultural sociology.  In fact, for the MCATs a fourth category will be added – psychosocial sciences – along with verbal, physical sciences, and biological sciences. With these changes in the MCAT format, options for remediation will change accordingly.

Note 2: The student will be responsible for half the cost of the commercial test preparation course, with the other half paid for by the Program.

  1. A second MCAT, DAT, or GRE practice test is offered to evaluate the effectiveness of any
  2. In-house instruction on preparing a competitive application for job placement or to medical, dental, or graduate school, with emphasis on writing a cover letter or personal statement will be Faculty mentors will serve as facilitators for this instruction.
  3. In-house sessions on study skills, professional behavior, and effective mock interview skills facilitated by faculty mentors will be offered to
  1. Opportunities for shadowing of health care providers, facilitated by HSC faculty, will be offered to For students interested in medical or dental school, shadowing opportunities and trips to the gross anatomy lab can be arranged and tailored to the interests of the student where possible.
  1. For students starting with summer session, this is an ideal time to take any missing prerequisite
  1. Summer is a good time to participate in Community Service (20 hours minimum).