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Graduate Biomedical Sciences Course Descriptions

Non-Thesis One & Two Year Programs Core Courses

527 Biochemistry I (3)

Biochemistry I provide an introduction to the fundamental aspects of biochemistry. It gives an overview of the structure, function and metabolism of biologically important molecules; carbohydrates, fatty acids, proteins and nucleic acids. Enzyme kinetics, allostery, enzyme inhibition and control are considered in detail. The course concludes with a review of amino acid metabolism. Throughout, the emphasis is placed on the regulation of metabolic pathways and on their interrelationships in health and disease. Same as GMS 527.

528 Biochemistry II (3)

Biochemistry II considers the application of biochemistry to disease etiology, diagnosis and treatment. Cell membranes and the structure, function and replication of the cell’s genetic material are described. The digestion and absorption of nutrients is reviewed and the consequences of malfunction considered. A number of disease states are used to illustrate selected principles including the relationship between nutrition and disease; atherosclerosis, hyperlipidemia, obesity and diabetes. The application of clinical biochemistry techniques to disease diagnosis is described and the biochemistry of exercise and aging visited. Prerequisites: BMS 527. Same as GMS 528.

547 Neuroanatomy (4)

This course will provide an in-depth review of the neuroanatomy of the central and peripheral nervous systems. The course will include presentation of the morphologic and physiologic aspects of the nervous system, including examination of anatomical models, prosections and histological preparations. Clinical correlations using case studies including normal and pathological imaging studies (e.g. MRI, CT etc) are incorporated to emphasize the important anatomic structures and their function. Lecture and laboratory. (Special fee)

550 Histology and Cell Biology (5)

The course provides an in-depth study of the microscopic anatomy dealing with the structure of cells, basic concepts of cell physiology including structure and function of cellular membranes and organelles, cell growth and communication and nucleic acid structure and synthesis. The course presents the normal microscopic structure of the human body tissues and organs in relation to their functions. Emphasis will be placed on the integration of the morphology with the biochemical and physiologic processes of the body. Lecture and laboratory. (Special fee)

553 Health Law and Ethics

This course will provide a basic understanding of the legal issues as civil liabilities including medical malpractice, professional fees splitting, self-referrals, and licensing, administrative and corporate law/governance pertaining to health services. The course provides an understanding of applicable laws and regulations, as well as ethical and social issues in healthcare services. This course provides a practical and applicable framework to analyze the many complex issues in the modern healthcare industry. Same as HSA 530 Health Law and Ethics (3)

559 General Dentistry-Principles and Practices (3)

(for students interested in a career in dentistry)
This introductory course will provide students with a career interest in dentistry, an overview of the dental profession, general practice, related specialties and business aspects of dentistry. The course will provide students with a basic understanding of the legal issues including medical malpractice, licensing, administrative and corporate law/governance pertaining to dental health services.

590 Gross Anatomy (6)

An intensive study of the human anatomy that emphasis the gross structural anatomy of the human body and correlation to clinical medicine. The human body will be correlated with surface anatomy, radiology, osteology and other relevant clinical information. Lecture and lab.

591 Head and Neck Anatomy (3)

An in-depth study of human anatomy that emphasis the gross anatomy of the head and neck and its correlations to clinical medicine and dentistry. The human body will be correlated with surface anatomy, radiology, skull osteology and other clinical information. Lecture and lab.

595 Human Physiology (6)

This course is a comprehensive study of the function and regulation of human organ systems of the body and physiological integration of the systems to maintain homeostasis. Course will include neural & hormonal homeostatic control mechanisms, and study of the musculoskeletal, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary, immune, reproductive, endocrine systems and fluid electrolyte balance. Lecture and Lab. Prerequisite/Co-requisite: BMS 527/528. (Special fee)

Thesis Masters Program Core Courses

  • BMS 527, Biochemistry I; (3 sh)
  • BMS 528, Biochemistry II; (3 sh)
  • BMS 553, Health Law and Ethics; (3 sh)
  • BMS 550, Histology and Cell Biology; (3 sh)

501 Biostatistics *

This course provides a survey of fundamental statistical concepts. Methods of data collection, management, presentation, and descriptive and inferential statistics are included in this course. Theoretical concepts, as well as the descriptive and analytic research methods used in research and evaluation of health status and health services. Prerequisite: Algebra. Same as HSA 535 Applied Biostatistics (3)

507 Basic Research Methodology (3)

Introduction to principles of biomedical research and critical analysis of the current literature. The course provides an overview of experimental design, statistical analysis and publication preparation.

555 Immunology (3)

A study of antibody formation, antigen-antibody interactions. Review of the biological effects of immunologic reactions, immunological specificity of normal and diseased cells and tissues will be discussed.

670 Seminar (1)

This course is specifically designed to expose the student to selected current topics in biomedical and clinical sciences, classroom discussion, assigned reading, reports and presentations. The course is specifically designed to improve student presentation skills and potential for collaborative work. Courses may be evaluated by peer presentations throughout the semester.

675 Research (3 s.h.)

A research project under the guidance of an advisor. Specific guidelines and protocols must be approved prior to the start of the project. (Require approval of program director).

Elective Courses

505A Biotechnology: Immunochemistry (1)

The immunochemistry module will provide students with a working understanding and the application of sterile techniques, immunochemistry, ELISA techniques, and gel electrophoresis. (Special fee)

505B Biotechnology: Molecular Biology (1)

The molecular biology module will provide students with a working understanding and application of sterile techniques, DNA/RNA extraction and purification, protein identification, electrophoresis, ELISA and PCR techniques. (Special fee).

510 Pathophysiology (3)

A study of the alterations in biological processes that affect homeostasis in the human. Includes the dynamic aspects of disease, mechanisms involved, signs and symptoms. Physical and laboratory findings are emphasized. Prerequisite/co-requisite: BMS 595/597 or equivalent or permission of instructor

511 Forensic Pathology (3)

An Examination into the field of Forensic Pathology and how this branch of medicine applies the principle and knowledge of the medical sciences in recognizing and interpreting diseases and injuries to the human body in the medico-legal investigation of death.

535 Human Embryology (3)

A study of human embryological development including fertilization, and the cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in embryogenesis. Congenital abnormalities and clinical applications will also be discussed.

537 Human Genetics (3)

This course discusses the genetic influences that affect the course of human development from reproduction through the prenatal, neonatal, pediatric, adolescent, and adult periods. Screening protocols, early intervention, and new treatment modalities will be discussed.

558 General Microbiology (3)

This course presents the biology of eucaryotic and procaryotic microorganisms as well asconsideration of microbial form, structure, function, physiology, metabolism, growth and genetics. Some applications of microbiology considered, including major human bacterial, viral, rickettsia, fungal, and parasitic diseases; identification, pathogenicity, modes of transmission, treatment, and methods of control.

600 (4), 601 (2) Pathology

Fundamental principles of disease processes such as, tissue injury and repair, inflammation, the immune response, and neoplasia, as well as mechanisms of hemodynamic and metabolic derangement; illustrated by means of clinical material and case studies. Prerequisite/Co-requisite: BMS 550, 595.

620 Pharmacology (3)

Course encompasses basic pharmacological principles/classes of drugs. Include drug interactions with biological receptors, absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion. Drugs are covered on a systems basis. Prerequisites /Co-requisite: BMS 527, 528, 595 or 597

623 Medical Microbiology (3)

The fundamentals of microbial physiology, genetics and immunology are presented with important bacterial, viral, parasitic and mycotic infections discussed from the standpoint of etiology, epidemiology, and pathogenesis and laboratory diagnosis. Treatment, prevention, and control of microorganisms are also discussed.

629 Matriculation Continued (1)

Continued registration.

635 Nutrition (2)

The course considers the principles of nutrition and its applications. In particular, selected biochemical aspects of nutrition and the biological effects of excess or deficiency of nutrients will be reviewed. The course has been designed so as to provide the necessary information to allow the student to make informed decisions with regard to nutritional well-being. It prompts the student to learn more about themselves, their diet and the maintenance of sustainable good health. It also serves to raise awareness of topical nutrition issues.

644 Cancer Biology (3)

Major topics considered in this course include: Introduction to concepts and principles of cancer; cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in cancer development and progression; epidemiology and current and future diagnostic and therapeutic regimens involved in the treatment of the disease.

648 Epidemiology / HSA 520 Managerial Epidemiology (3)*

This is a general course in epidemiology with emphasis on current topics and applications in the Public Health arena. Addresses the behavioral models of health and disease, the social barrier to care and the effectiveness of the health system in promoting optimal health behavior in patients and health care personnel as well as the organizations in which they work. Students are expected to gain a fundamental working knowledge of epidemiology methodology. A study of health and health status, and health assessment in the community is an important goal of this course.

665 Advanced Study (Credit not to exceed 3 s.h.)

Courses in Advanced Study include courses in emerging interdisciplinary fields of biomedical science. May include assigned readings from current literature, reports and presentations.

* These courses also serve as part of the Graduate Certificate in Quality Improvement and Outcome Management offered by the Health Service Administration program. For full description see the Health Service Administration program section.

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