Nutrition in Preventative Medicine
This module presents the student with current concepts relating diet to the incidence, etiology, pathogenesis, and prevention of three chronic diseases (cardiovascular disease, cancer, and osteoporosis).
Fundamentals of Research
The purpose of this required course is to provide students with basic training in common laboratory techniques. The course will also introduce students to issues related to biosafety, radiation safety, and good practices in research.
Ethics of Research and Experimentation
This class is intended to give students a broad overview of research ethics and regulation, especially as it relates to human research. Students develop an understanding of the moral basis of research ethics including scientific integrity, research with human subjects, informed consent, vulnerable populations, privacy and confidentiality of records, conflicts of interest, and research on animals.
Research Design and Methodology
This course overviews the uses, values, and limitations of the scientific method. Quantitative, conceptual and model analysis, in-depth research techniques, current research of the literature, research design methods, and theory construction are presented. This is the foundational course for the Master's Project.
BISC 0560, 0561, or 0562
The purpose of this course is to give students hands-on experience in a basic science research laboratory. Students will participate in an ongoing project in the laboratory of a research mentor where they will learn various research techniques and methodologies.
Credits: 1-4 credits each course
BISC 0512 Fundamentals of Research; Approval of the course director.
This course covers various forms of clinical and research-grade microscopy. The format will consist of a weekly one hour lecture and a two hour lab exercise (hands-on experience with compound, fluorescence, and confocal microscopes, as well as computer programs for image analysis).
Biochemistry I (BIOC 1551) and Fundamentals of Research (BISC 0512) or prior course director approval.
Biomarkers in Health and Disease
The purpose of this elective course is to present the concept and importance of biomarkers in health and disease. Generally speaking, a biomarker is anything that can be used as an indicator of a particular disease state or some other physiological state. We will cover the fundamentals of biomarker development, describe research methodologies for identification and detection of biomarkers and review several biomarkers currently used in the clinic along with some promising candidate biomarkers.
Biochemistry I (BIOC 1551) or equivalent.
Intestinal Bacteria in Health and Disease
This course will discuss the role of intestinal bacteria in maintaining health and in the progression of disease states such as obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Health benefits of probiotics, prebiotics, and exercise will be addressed with regards to their influence on intestinal bacteria. State-of-the-art techniques currently used to detect and characterize intestinal bacteria will be described. Course includes lectures by leaders in this area of investigation and active class discussion. Emphasis is on application of this information to clinical conditions.
PHYS 1510 Human Physiology I; PHYS 1511 Human Physiology II; BIOC 1551 Biochemistry I; BIOC 1552 Biochemistry II
Pharmacological Aspects of Drug Abuse
This elective is designed to provide the student with an in-depth understanding of the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of the common drugs of abuse, including alcohol, cocaine, stimulants, hallucinogens, and opioids. Current theories regarding the physiologic basis of drug-seeking behavior and the development of drug dependence are presented. In addition, various social, legal and ethical aspects of the drug abuse problem are considered.
The elective provides medical, pharmacy, physician assistant and biomedical sciences students with the Spanish vocabulary necessary to understand and converse in the fields of medicine and healthcare. The course has been designed to enhance communicating with the Latino patient as well as understanding cultural attitudes, which may impact medical care. Listening, comprehension, and conversational skills will be stressed through dialogues and oral presentations. Critical learning skills that students are encouraged to develop are cooperative learning and effective group dynamics.
Two years of high school Spanish or college Spanish
Cardiovascular (CV) disease is a national health problem of major consequence. Its treatment is one of the principal problems facing modern medicine. This elective is designed to familiarize the student with the most significant of all CV diseases, atherosclerosis; and potential anti-atherosclerotic effectiveness and mechanisms of various CV drugs and non-drug forms of therapy.
PHAR 0584, 0585 Pharmacology I, II or PHAR 1641, 1642 Pharmacology I, II
Alternative Therapies and Natural Products
Alternative therapies are being used by a growing percentage of the population and are becoming more visible to mainstream medical practice. Healthcare professionals should develop the knowledge and skills necessary to aid the patient in making rational decisions about the use of alternative therapies. This elective focuses on the utility of drugs from natural sources in today's practice environment and surveys the products of animals, plants, microbes, and biotechnology that will impact future therapeutic strategies.
Development of Newly Approved Drug Therapies
The FDA is constantly engaged in evaluating new drug treatments and approving them for marketing in the US. Annually, the FDA approves about 20 new drug therapies. The process involved in the development of new drug therapies for certain clinical conditions and diseases will be discussed. The business aspects of developing new drug therapies, and the impact of pharmaceutical innovations on society and the business community will be covered.