MBS Program Curriculum

Core Courses (required)

Credit Hours

Biochemistry 4
Cell Biology 4
Physiology 4
Human Genetics 4
Professional Development 3
Princeton Review 3

Electives 

Seminars in Biomedical Sciences 1-2
Readings in Basic Sciences  2-4
Histology   3
Immunology   3
Neuroscience    3
Epidemiology and Biostatistics  3
Pharmacology   3
Management   1
Bioethics   1
Laboratory Techniques   2
Integrated Group Learning  1

 

Fall Semester (17.5 credits)

Weeks 1-8

  • Cell Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Professional Development

Weeks 9-16

  • Physiology
  • Human Genetics
  • Professional Development

Spring Semester (12.5-18.5 credits)

Weeks 1–16

  • Professional Development

Select electives (*) based on your interests:

  • * Seminars in Biomedical Sciences
  • * Readings in Basic Sciences
  • * Histology
  • * Immunology
  • * Neuroscience
  • * Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • * Pharmacology
  • * Management
  • * Integrated Group Learning

Summer (0-10.5 credits)

Weeks 1-8

  • Princeton Review (3 credits)

Select electives (*) based on your interests:

  • * Readings in Basic Sciences
  • * Bioethics
  • * Management
  • * Laboratory Techniques

 

 

Course Descriptions

Core Subjects

Biochemistry (4)
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.

Cell Biology (4)
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.

Human Genetics (4)
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.

Physiology (4)
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.

Professional Development (3)
This course is designed to assist students in developing their professional skills and to engage them in postgraduate career planning. The course will focus on professional identity formation, career planning, interpersonal skill development, and reflection and self-directed lifelong learning. 

Princeton Review (3)
The Princeton Review course for preparing to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), the Dental Admissions Test (DAT) or the Graduate Records Examination (GRE) is a proven means of improving your score. 

Electives

Bioethics (1)
The course reviews the basic principles of ethics and discusses cases arising in the clinical environment.

Epidemiology and Biostatistics, parts I and II (3)
This course provides a broad introduction to the principles and methods of epidemiology and the basics of biostatistics, with particular emphasis on the role of these core disciplines in public health practice and research. In this course, students learn about the basic epidemiological and biostatistical concepts and tools applied in public health practice and population-based research. Students gain the knowledge required to appropriately interpret epidemiological and statistical data, to determine appropriate study design and methods for epidemiological and clinical studies, and to critically review the clinical and public health research literature. The influence of socio-demographic characteristics and lifestyle factors on disease risk and mortality are also discussed.

Histology
This course is designed to introduce students to the microscopic study of tissues and tissue organization of organs in relation to their function using both light and electron microscopy. This course will provide foundational knowledge of structural histology and integrate fundamental anatomy, cell biology and physiology concepts in relation to tissue and organ function. The course will emphasize high yield material essential for further medical/healthcare related training and certification.

Immunology, parts I and II (3)
This course is intended to provide a fundamental knowledge of the role of the immune response in human health and disease. The tissues, cells, and molecules that comprise the immune system will be examined and the principles of the immune response in the context of microbial infection and immunopathogenesis will be studied. Both immunologic and microbial features that influence host-microbe interactions and outcomes of infection will be highlighted. Students will also apply basic immunological principles to develop an understanding of various diseases such as autoimmunity and cancer and the immunotherapeutic approaches used to treat such diseases.

Integrated Group Learning (IGL) (1)
This is a student-run small group course. Sessions are clinically oriented with the intention to expose pre-medical students to clinical concepts in a safe learning space with medical student facilitators. The curriculum employs a flipped-classroom model so that the students are equipped to walk through clinical scenarios with their medical student counterparts.

Laboratory Techniques (2)
This course is designed to introduce current laboratory techniques to students who are interested in pursuing medical and research career. It covers experimental techniques of molecular biology, protein biochemistry, cell biology, biophysics, and animal research. This course will allow for the practical application of students’ biomedical knowledge.

Management – introduction to organizational behavior, the practice of management & introduction to leadership (1)
Organizational behavior is the understanding and management of human behavior individually and of groups, teams and organizations.  This course will serve as an introduction to basic concepts of business, organizations and decision-making, leadership, professionalism, social and shareholder responsibility, and team performance in the context of traditional theories and models of organizational behavior. 

Neuroscience, parts I and II (3)
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.

Pharmacology, parts I and II (3)
Prerequisites: Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Physiology, Genetics
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 success in 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.

Readings in Basic Sciences (2 or 4)
This course provides for a period of independent study in an area of the students’ choice, allowing the students to gain depth in an area of their field of interest and within the expertise of the Basic Science Department. The student will write a scientific review on the topic, provide a lay summary in the style of a blog post, and produce a short lay audience power point presentation with an audio.

Seminars in Biomedical Sciences (1 or 2)
This course develops students’ ability to critically read, evaluate and analyze primary research literature in Basic and Clinical sciences. The course allows for team work, peer-to-peer teaching, and acquisition of skills for scientific research presentations.