College of Graduate Studies

Downers Grove, IL Campus

Electives

Master of Biomedical Sciences Program

Abbreviation/Number
Course Name

ANATD 0900

Human Gross Anatomy & Embryology

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This course presents lectures and cadaver dissection laboratories emphasizing the normal structure of the human body; the embryologic basis of adult anatomy; the relationship between structure and function; and the use of human gross anatomy in physical diagnosis.

Credits: 7

ANATD 0955

Human Neuroscience

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In this course students learn to identify and describe the basic structural components and corresponding functions of the human nervous system. Lectures are given by faculty from the Department of Anatomy.

Credits: 3

BIOCD 0947

Nutrition in Preventative Medicine

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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).

Credits: 1

BISCD 0944

Biomedical Imaging

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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, confocal, and electron microscopes, as well as computer programs for image analysis).

Credits: 2

Prerequisite

BIOCD 0560 Biochemistry I and BISCD 0552 Fundamentals of Research or prior course director approval.

BISCD 0945

Biomarkers in Health and Disease

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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.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

BIOCD 0560 Biochemistry I or equivalent.

BISCD 0950

Intestinal Bacteria in Health and Disease

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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.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

PHYSD 0550, 0551 Human Physiology I, II; BIOCD 0560, 0570 Biochemistry I, II; and MICRD 0583 Medical Microbiology or prior Course Director approval.

BISCD 0956, 0957, 0958, 0959, 0960

Advanced Topics/Journal Club

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The Advanced Topic Series is an opportunity for students to receive individualized or small group instruction on selected advanced topics in any of the basic science disciplines. Format for instruction includes mentoring by individual faculty, case study discussion, review of landmark publications, and class presentations. Students are expected to master major concepts specific to the discipline selected. The mentoring faculty individualize evaluation of the student.

Credits: 1-3

BISCD 0970, 0971, or 0972

Research Elective

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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: Each course 1-4

Prerequisites

BISCD 0552 Fundamentals of Research; Approval of the course director.

BISCD 0980

Pathophysiology

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This course is designed to discuss the etiology, pathogenesis and pathophysiology of selected human disease conditions. A brief review of the normal physiology of each organ system will be discussed prior to presenting prominent disease conditions in each of the following areas: immune regulation; wound healing; hematologic, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, endocrine, gastrointestinal, neural, and musculoskeletal systems. The information presented in this course will build on previous information obtained in Human Physiology I and II.

Credits: 4

LANGD 0900

Medical Spanish

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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.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

Two years of high school Spanish or college Spanish

PHARD 0930

Cardiovascular Pharmacology

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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.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

PHARD 0994, 0995 Pharmacology I, II

PHYSD 0937

Exercise Physiology

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This course presents core concepts and terminology in exercise physiology. Emphasis is placed on the immediate and long-term physiologic compensatory adjustments to exercise, the role of exercise in promoting optimal health, and the role of exercise as a diagnostic or therapeutic modality in disease states. This is a lecture-based course that utilizes problem-based written assignments to foster application of material.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

PHYSD 0550, 0551 Human Physiology I, II

PSCID 0971

Natural Products and Complementary & Integrative Health

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Botanical dietary supplements are used by at least 1/3 of the population as a component of complementary and integrative health with mainstream medical practice. Health care professionals should develop knowledge and skills necessary to aid patients in making rational decisions about their use. This elective focuses on the utility of drugs from natural sources in practice today, and surveys the products of plants and animals, and various complementary modalities of medicine that impact health.

Credits: 3

PSCID 0976

Development of Newly Approved Drug Therapies

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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.

Credits: 2

PSCID 0979

LGBTQI Considerations in the Provision of Healthcare

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This course develops knowledge and skills to facilitate the provision of inclusive, compassionate and holistic patient centered care to members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex (LGBTQI) community. Lecture topics include an introduction to LGBTQI terminology, culture and history, mental health and social service needs, and communication strategies. An emphasis on personal acknowledgement of knowledge/skills deficits may help to prevent health inequities for these populations in the future.

Credits: 2