MBS Program Curriculum

Semester 1 (18 credits)

  • Biochemistry (3 credit hours)
  • Community Health Research (2 credit hours)
  • Histology Foundations (2 credit hours)
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics (3 credit hours)
  • Human Genetics (3 credit hours)
  • Seminars in Biomedical Science (1 credit hours)
  • Physiology (3 credit hours)
  • Professional Development (1 credit hours)

Semester 2 (18 credits)

  • Basic Immunology (3 credit hours)
  • Cell Biology (3 credit hours)
  • Community Health Research (2 credit hours)
  • Histology of Organ Systems (2 credit hours)
  • Foundations of Neuroscience (3 credit hours)
  • Seminars in Biomedical Science (1 credit hours)
  • Introduction to Pharmacology (3 credit hours)
  • Professional Development (1 credit hours)

Course Descriptions

(MS500) Physiology (3 credits)

This course will introduce students to the physiological aspects of the human body by using a systems based approach. The course emphasizes broad concepts that form the basic understanding of human physiology and the physiology of each organ system.

(MS502) Biochemistry (3 credits)

Prerequisites: 2 semesters of organic chemistry

This course has been designed to emphasize the key principles related to metabolic biochemistry laying the foundation for potential further study of human biochemistry or other related fields.

(MS503) Epidemiology and Biostatistics (3 credits)

This course provides a broad introduction to the principles and methods of epidemiology and biostatistics, with particular emphasis on the role of these core disciplines in public health practice and research. The course reviews basic epidemiological and biostatistical concepts and tools applied in public health practice and population-based research.

(MS504) Human Genetics (3 credits)

This course introduces students to classical and molecular genetics. The emphasis of this course will center on inherited human disorders and the emerging model of the human genome. Major topics include: mendelian genetics, cytogenetics, multifactorial inheritance, developmental genetics, epigenetics, RNA biology, cancer genetics and genomics.

(MS506, MS514) Seminars in Biomedical Science (1 credit/semester)

This research course has been designed to train students how to critically read and evaluate the primary scientific literature related to other course work and professional studies throughout the program.

(MS507, MS513) Community Health Research (2 credits/semester)

This course emphasizes community engagement, research ethics, qualitative research, literature review, research proposal writing, survey design, data management and analysis, and presentation skills. It is designed to give the student an opportunity to research a single topic in depth through secondary analysis of data and to relate that topic to healthcare and its effect on the community.

(MS508, MS516) Professional Development (1 credit/semester)

This course is designed to assist students in developing their professional skills and to engage them in post graduate career planning. The course will focus on three areas: graduate scholarship; career planning; and interpersonal skill development.

(MS509) Cell Biology (3 credits)

This course will emphasize the basics of cell structure and function; modern investigative techniques used in the cell biology laboratory and have exposure to the practical application of cell biology concepts under normal physiological conditions and disease states.

(MS510) Introduction to Pharmacology (3 credits)

Prerequisites: Biochemistry, Physiology

This course will introduce students to medical pharmacology. The emphasis will be on the big picture of drugs in general, and to prepare students for future succession modern medicine, research, industry, or matriculation to health science programs. The course also will introduce sources of drug information, concepts in drug development, and pharmacogenomics

(MS511) Foundations of Neuroscience (3 credits)

This course will introduce fundamental neurobiological principles to students so that they will have a basic understanding of how the human nervous system operates in health and how the brain functions can alter under pathological conditions. The course will emphasize basic cellular aspects of neuroscience, architectural design of the nervous system , the CNS sensory system, CNS disorders, and motor systems.

(MS512) Basic Immunology (3 credits)

This course is intended to provide a substantial underpinning regarding key principles of immunology in the context of microbial infection and immunopathogenesis. The conceptual foundation of the course is based on the tenets that both the host and microbe contribute to pathogenicity.

(MS518) Histology Foundations (2 credits)

This course is designed to introduce students to basic histology. After a brief introduction to cellular structure at the light and electron microscopic level, the course will survey the four basic tissues: epithelium, connective tissue, muscle and nerve. Finally, the student will receive a brief introduction to organ systems. The remainder of the organ systems will be taught in spring semester.

(MS520) Histology of Organ Systems (2 credits)

This course is designed to introduce students to the histology of organ systems. Using information learned in Histology: Foundations, the student will learn to recognize many different organs based on their morphology, and will learn some basic concepts regarding pathology of these organs.

Princeton Review

The Princeton Review, is an optional comprehensive MCAT hyperlearning program, which helps students improve their MCAT scores.