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MHS GPS Curriculum and Course Descriptions

MHS Core Health Science Requirements: (12 Credits)

Biostatistics (3 credits)

Introduction to Health Policy and Systems (3 credits)

Ethics of Health Care Research (3 credits)

Psychology for the Medical Sciences (3 credits)

Gateway to Professional Studies Track MHS Requirements: (21 Credits)

Biochemistry for the Medical Sciences (3 credits)

Medicinal Chemistry (3 credits)

Technical and Scientific Writing (3 credits)

Pharmacology (3 credits)

Human Anatomy (3 credits)

Histology (3 credits)

Human Physiology (3 credits)

MHS Core Health Science Requirements

PHRM 7301 Biostatistics • 3 Credits

A comprehensive survey of the theoretical and practical aspects of descriptive and inferential statistical procedures: z tests, t tests, analysis of variance, correlation and regression analysis, and nonparametrics. Emphasis is on why and when to use the various procedures as well as on the interpretation of statistical results.

PADM7731 Introduction to Health Systems and Policy • 3 Credits

This course presents an integrated overview of traditional and contemporary approaches to financing and organizing the provision of health services in the United States. The course traces the evolution of the health care delivery system, with special attention given to the interplay between political, legal and socioethical dynamics in the formation of health policy at the federal and state levels of government.

HSCI 6100 Ethics of Health Care Research • 3 Credits

The student will examine the ethical issues that confront health care providers and patients. The medical, scientific, moral and socioeconomic bases of these issues and the decision making process that providers and patients engage in are analyzed. Topics will include informed consent, the role of institutional review boards, euthanasia, and the allocation of scarce resources.

Psychology for the Medical Sciences • 3 Credits

Psychology for the Medical Sciences is designed to help preprofessional graduate students understand the mutually interactive roles of psychological/neuropsychological and biomedical processes. This course will examine the theory and research on the neurobiological and psychological foundations of psychological health, wellness, and psychopathology. Topics will include research methods, biological, sociocultural, and psychological factors in human functioning, as well as psychiatric diagnostic classifications.

Gateway to Professional Studies MHS Requirements

CHEM 6781 Biochemistry for the Medical Sciences • 3 Credits

Based on the chemistry of substances of biological significance, structures and mechanisms of hydrolytic and respiratory enzymes, biosyntheses of proteins, bio-oxidations and molecular structures of complex molecules.

CHEM 6663 Medicinal Chemistry • 3 Credits

Based on all branches of chemistry, but especially organic chemistry, the focus of this course is on improving a drug's therapeutic effect while minimizing its undesirable side effects.

CHEM 7500 Technical and Scientific Writing • 3 Credits

An introduction to learning the written and oral communication of technical information. Assignments include writing and presenting proposals, reports, standard operating procedures, technical papers and documentation.

CHEM 6685 Pharmacology • 3 Credits

A study of drugs, their history, sources, physical and chemical properties, compounding, biochemical and physiological effects, mechanism of action, absorption, distribution in the body and therapeutic uses.

BIOL 6891 Histology • 3 Credits

This course is designed for students to learn more about the organization of the cells of the body into tissues, organs and organ systems. Students will learn to correlate the structure of these cells, tissues and organs with their function in the human body. Students will become familiar with examining images of stained sections of human tissue and identifying key elements distinguishing one tissue from another. Examples of diseased tissue — for example, cancerous tissues — will be compared to normal tissues as well.

BIOL 6892 Human Physiology • 3 Credits

This course provides the student with a high level of understanding of the physiological basis of the human body. The essential concepts of physiology and mechanisms of body function are presented at various levels of organization, ranging from cellular and molecular to tissue and organ system levels. Emphasis is placed on understanding the integrated regulation of various body processes among the major systems. Cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, endocrine and reproductive systems will be covered.

BIOL 6893* Human Anatomy • 3 Credits

The knowledge of human variability and susceptibility to disease begins with a thorough introduction to the basic structure of the human body that occurs in this course. The goals of the course are: to introduce the fundamental organization and structure of the human body, and to begin the process of clinical observation by attention to detail and honing of observational skills.


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