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 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.
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).
BIOCD 0510 Biochemistry I and BISCD 0812 Fundamentals of Research 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.
BIOCD 0510 Biochemistry I 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.
PHYSD 0520 Human Physiology I; PHYSD 0521 Human Physiology II; BIOCD 0510 Biochemistry I; BIOCD 0520 Biochemistry II or Course Director approval
BISCD 0860, 0861, or 0862
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
BISCD 0812 Fundamentals of Research; Approval of the course director.
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.
PHARD 0594 Pharmacology I; PHARD 0595 Pharmacology II
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.
PHYSD 0520, 0521 Human Physiology 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. Requires course director approval.
LGBTQI Considerations in the Provision of Healthcare
This course helps students better provide compassionate and thorough patient centered care to members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex (LGBTQI) community. Lecture topics include an introduction to LGBTQI culture and history, health and social service needs, and communication strategies. Students learn how knowledge deficits in these areas can lead to health inequities for these populations.