College of Health Sciences

Downers Grove, IL Campus

Electives

Masters of Arts in Biomedical Sciences Program

Abbreviation/Number
Course Name

BIOCD 0847

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 0812

Fundamentals of Research

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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.

Credits: 3

BISCD 0844

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

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

BIOCD 0510 Biochemistry I and BISCD 0812 Fundamentals of Research or prior course director approval.

BISCD 0845

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 0510 Biochemistry I or equivalent.

BISCD 0850

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 0520 Human Physiology I; PHYSD 0521 Human Physiology II; BIOCD 0510 Biochemistry I; BIOCD 0520 Biochemistry II or Course Director approval

 

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Credits: 0

BISCD 0860, 0861, or 0862

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 0812 Fundamentals of Research; Approval of the course director.

LANGD 1500

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 0830

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 0594 Pharmacology I; PHARD 0595 Pharmacology II

PHYSD 0837

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 0520, 0521 Human Physiology I, II

PSCID 0871

Alternative Therapies and Natural Products

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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.

Credits: 3

PSCID 0879

LGBTQI Considerations in the Provision of Healthcare

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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.

Credits: 1