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First Year

Foundation Courses

TERM 1 (FALL)
Credits
BIOM 501 Molecular Basis of Medicine 7
BIOM 502 The Infectious Process 3
Total Term Credits 10
TERM 2 (WINTER)  
BIOM 503 Human Anatomy 6
BIOM 504 Histology 4
Total Term Credits 10
TERM 3 (SPRING)
 
BIOM 505 Neurosciences 3
BIOM 506 Medical Pharmacology 3
BIOM 507 Physiology 3
Total Term Credits 9
Total Credits First Year 29
 

Second Year

Biomedical Research Concentration

TERM 1 (FALL) Credits
BIOM 690 Research Methods 1
BIOM 691 Biomedical Science Research I** 6
Total Term Credits 7
TERM 2 (WINTER)  
BIOM 692  Biomedical Science Research II 7
Total Term Credits 7
TERM 3 (SPRING)  
BIOM 693 Biomedical Science Research III 7
Total Term Credits 7
TERM 4  
BIOM 693  Biomedical Science Research III 3
Total Term Credits 3
Total Credits Required Beyond Certificate for Degree Completion 24
 
* The Research Concentration can begin in the Summer or Fall after the first year of program. If starting in Summer, registration is 3 credits for Summer and 6 credits for Fall, Winter and Spring.
**Journal Club is a component of BIOM 691, 692 and/or 693. If the thesis is not successfully defended upon completion of 24 credits, students must register for BIOM 699 thesis continuation.
 

Forensic Biology Concentration

TERM 1 (FALL) Credits
FMED 500 Pathology for Forensic Medicine 4
Total Term Credits 4
TERM 2 (WINTER)  
FMED 501 Principles of Forensic Medicine I 6
Total Term Credits 6
TERM 3 (SPRING)  
FMED 502 Principles of Forensic Medicine II 6
Total Term Credits 6
TERM 4 (SUMMER--THIRD YEAR)  
FMED 508 Capstone Integrated Experience 8
Total Term Credits 8
Total Credits Second Year 24
 
Forensic Biology Concentration courses start in the Fall.
 

Organizational Leadership in the Biosciences Concentration can begin in either Summer or Fall.

(T) Turbo class held in an accelerated weekend format.

 

Biomedical Sciences First Year (Foundation) Courses

7 credits
The course presents fundamental information regarding biochemistry, molecular biology and medical genetics in a way that is highly practical in today’s clinical and/or research setting. This overview course includes discussions of molecular biology and genetics, metabolism and the body’s production and use of energy, and blood-related issues such as blood proteins, lipoproteins and hemostasis.
 
3 credits
This course introduces graduate students to fundamental principles of immunology and microbiology. This overview includes discussions of the interplay between the microbial pathogen and the host immune response during the infectious process. Representative microorganisms belonging to each class of pathogen (bacterial, viral, fungal and parasite) are discussed. After the introductory lectures, the focus will be on current topics of interest in infectious disease and public health, including vaccines, cancers with an infectious etiology, and eradication of disease.
 
6 credits
A comprehensive consideration of the human anatomy as it relates to function in order to provide the anatomical component of diagnosis and treatment. This course will cover the gross anatomy of all systems in the human body including musculoskeletal, neuronal, lymphatic, respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, urinary and reproductive with an emphasis on structural relationships and functional correlations to clinical applications. Course objectives include the acquisition of anatomical structural knowledge, and the development of team working, oral presentation and written communication skills as well as the development of critical assessment of biomedical literature. Learning is facilitated through lecture, group study of anatomical dissections, team problem based learning with clinical case presentations and a reflective observation team exercise.
 
4 credits
Students receive fundamental information regarding the structure and function of cells, how cells are organized into tissues and how tissues are organized into organs. In the histology laboratory students learn to identify cells, tissues and organs through a microscope.
 
3 credits
This course provides a broad introduction to the basic and clinical neurosciences, including motor function, cerebrovascular blood supply, sensory receptors, higher cortical functions, the limbic system, neurometabolism, and nervous system structure and function.
 
3 credits
Medical pharmacology presents an introduction to the basic concepts and principles of pharmacology. Specific lectures are presented in the areas of pharmacokinetics, autonomic pharmacology, cardiovascular pharmacology, CNS pharmacology and the control of pain.
 
3 credits
This introductory course focused on medical physiology correlates the principles of basic functional mechanisms to practical methods for clinical assessment. Students receive hands-on instruction in methods to evaluate physiological mechanisms in a laboratory setting. Classroom and laboratory instruction are correlated to enhance understanding in the following areas: basic electrophysiology, cardiac, skeletal muscle physiology, gastrointestinal, respiratory, cardiovascular and renal physiology.
 
1 credit
This course introduces students to fundamental concepts of epidemiology and research design in health and disease. Principles of evidence-based medicine are discussed as they relate to key areas of disease prevention, health promotion and therapy discussed. Community-based issues, problems and solutions are addressed. Students who complete the course will be able to understand and apply basic statistical terms and applications as well as various research design models that appear in current medical literature. Students learn to assess the quality of medical literature research designs to study commonly encountered clinical and community issues. Students will learn to describe the relationship between the medical literature and evidence-based medicine. This course is cross listed with PHYA 542.
 
3 – 8 credits
Supervised individual research projects undertaken by students in the program leading to the degree of Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences. A component of the research project is a Journal Club, held in the Fall term, that focuses on the presentation of recent literature published in refereed journals. Emphasis is placed on developing basic skills in communicating scientific studies; critical review of literature including research design, data analysis and data interpretation; and recognition of the relationship of previously published studies with the student’s current work. If BIOM 691 is taken in the summer, then the Journal Club would be in conjunction with BIOM 692.
Prerequisites: BIOM 501, BIOM 502, BIOM 503, BIOM 504, BIOM 505, BIOM 506 and BIOM 507
 
3 – 8 credits
Supervised individual research projects undertaken by students in the program leading to the degree of Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences.
 
3 – 8 credits
Supervised individual research projects undertaken by students in the program leading to the degree of Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences.
 
1 credit
Students who complete 24 credits of Biomedical Research before successfully defending the thesis must register for thesis continuation credit each semester until passing the defense.

 

Forensic Biology Concentration Courses

4 credits
The course provides a systematic approach to the pathological basis of the principles of forensic medicine. The course begins with an overview of cell injury, death, adaptation, repair and regeneration. It continues with a survey of the dermatological, skeletal, neurological, endocrine, immunological, cardiorespiratory, vascular, gastrointestinal, renal, urological and reproductive systems. Special emphasis is given to conditions of the cardiovascular, cardiorespiratory and central nervous systems that cause death.
 
6 credits
This course begins with an overview of the field of forensic medicine. This includes discussion of the history of forensic science and medicine. Also discussed are the roles of medical examiners, coroners and non-physician medico-legal death investigators. General principles of crime scene investigation are introduced. Instruction then moves to the science behind forensic medicine. Topics in this section include post-mortem changes, sudden natural death, blunt force injury, sharp-force injury, ballistics and gunshot wounds. Also taught here are asphyxiation, drowning, thermal injuries, electrical injuries and lightning injuries.
Prerequisite: FMED 500
 
6 credits
This course continues the overview of the field of forensic medicine. Topics covered in this course include forensic study of toxicology, anthropology, odontology, entomology and neuropathology. Students also learn about forensic medicine aspects of motor vehicle accidents, explosions and bombs, bioterrorism and mass fatalities. This course covers use of fingerprinting, trace evidence analysis and DNA analysis in conducting medico-legal investigations. Students will be given an outline of criminal law and considerations in preparing and delivering court testimony. Investigation of special crimes including child abuse, sexual assault, arson and deaths of persons in custody will be discussed as well as techniques for providing grief assistance.
Prerequisite: FMED 501
 
8 credits
The Capstone Integrated Experience project is a research project that will involve field experience and/or research in the area of forensic medicine. The objective is to afford students the opportunity to apply the knowledge and the skills they have acquired through their academic coursework in a real life setting in an area of personal interest within the scope of forensic medicine. This project will culminate with a final paper at the conclusion of the experience.
 

Organizational Leadership in the Biosciences Concentration Courses

3 credits
This course is an introduction to the ODL program. It describes the genesis of organization development and how it has evolved over the last 50 years. Students address the importance of using themselves as an instrument of change by creating their own development program that they will use throughout the entire ODL program. The course introduces a consulting model and models of organizational change that can be applied immediately to the student’s work setting.
 
3 credits
This course is an exploration of development from three viewpoints – personal, interpersonal and organization. Students will examine their own preferences, strengths and motivations as well as the role these play in their relationships. They will assist others in meeting career or personal goals through a mentoring relationship. Topics include feedback, career development, personality preferences, motivation, mentoring, creating a development plan and supporting development in an organization.
 
3 credits
Culture is the set of shared attitudes, values, goals and practices that characterizes a community. These communities exist around gender, race, color, age, differently-abled, sexual orientation, class, religion, ethnicity and nationality. This course examines differences that characterize people of various communities and what happens when they come together in organizations. The dynamics of social factors and cultural diversity in organizations will be examined through both theoretical literature and pragmatic experience. The course will culminate in the development of strategies for engaging people of various cultures more successfully.
 
3 credits
This course provides an overview of leadership and organization development practitioner models that effectively lead organizations through the change process. A key focus of the course is to: enhance the reflective practice of the adult learners by integrating organization diagnostic models presented in class; design aligned interventions that enhance individual, relational and organizational health; and coach learners to achieve higher practice performance within their respective organizations.
 
3 credits
The Capstone course is taken in the last year of the student’s master’s degree work. Working with the program director as her/his advisor, the student demonstrates her/his competence in leading organizational change. Students write an action research paper from an actual or theoretical practice perspective describing how they would engage in organizational diagnosis to clarify the current organizational or business challenge, design an intervention(s) appropriately aligned with the organization diagnosis, and practice use of self as an instrument of change to achieve the desired individual and organizational results.
 
3 credits
This course develops the students’ ability to be more effective in leading change in the workplace by increasing their ability to manage their own emotional reactivity and develop an objective perspective on how emotional systems operate. Students discover their own patterns of reactivity and identify how they can diffuse a toxic situation by changing their own behavior.
 
3 credits
(Turbo Course*)
The organizational workshop focuses on helping people “see” the systematic conditions in which they live and work. It is a day-long group simulation followed by three days of debriefing. This rich learning experience provides an understanding of what is needed to create powerful human systems – systems with outstanding capacity to perform their functions and carry out their mission. This experience and the related frameworks demonstrate what is now understood about systems. They cast a powerful light on organizations.
 
3 credits
(Turbo Course*)
This course introduces a comprehensive set of communication skills available to leaders including theoretical background, practical applications and on-camera practice sessions delivering critical messages to diverse audiences. Students will examine core components of messaging and powerful presentations in organizational settings, including media applications. Students will learn how to effectively communicate from organizational and individual settings, including creating an organizational communication plan.
*Turbo class held in an accelerated weekend format
 
3 credits
(Turbo Course*)
Change may be inevitable, but organizational response to change is not. Understanding the nature of change pressures on the organization and developing an effective strategy for organizational change is critical to the long term success of that organization. Key change strategies are reviewed and analyzed in detail, providing a diverse “tool kit” of alternative paths-forward for the leader. Students are asked to apply these new alternatives to their own organizational experience and provide new “thought leadership” to existing challenges of change.
 
3 credits
(Turbo Course*)
Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is a method for discovering, understanding and fostering innovation in systems. AI uses incisive questions to gather positive stories and images, leading to the construction of positive possibilities. AI seeks out the very best of “what is” to help ignite the imagination of “what could be.” The aim is to generate knowledge in such a way as to: surface important values, expand the “realm of the possible,” help the system envision a desired future, and encourage the successful translation of these values into practice and these images into reality. One way the principles and practices of AI will come alive is by students applying the methodology to their own growth and development as leaders of change.

 

Last Updated: 7/7/14