Medical Sciences Curriculum

The Master of Science in Medical Sciences program can be completed full-time in 12-months or part-time in 24-months through in-person instruction. This cohort program offers 35 credit hours of study in graduate level science courses. Students in this program will complete a structured clinical practicum and will have the chance to participate in the MCAT, DAC or GRE test preparation course at no additional cost.

Classes are held during the day whether students are enrolled full-time or part-time.


MDS-610: Medical Cell Biology (3.00)

Because the source of all health problems ultimately originates at the cellular level, a comprehensive understanding of human disease and pathologies requires one to know the normal cell structure and function and how dysfunction translates into human pathologies. Initially, the course uses text and primary literature to establish foundational and contemporary knowledge of normal cell structure and function. Building on this foundation, students will apply their cellular knowledge to the analysis of clinical case studies of human pathologies and evaluate the use of current and prospective treatments.

MDS-612: Molecular Biology and Genetics with Lab (4.00)

Students will learn and apply the concepts in classical and molecular genetics including the concepts of gene function, gene replication, transcription and translation. Additionally, this class will cover the molecular basis of genetic functions, mutations, Mendelian genetics, cellular function, and developmental genetics. Through the course lecture, group work, and assigned article readings, students will learn how to apply recent advances in biotechnology (including genomics, genetic engineering technology, CRSPR, and mRNA based vaccines) to solve experimental design challenges.

MDS-614: Biostatistics (3.00)

This course will explore statistical methods and principles necessary for understanding and interpreting data used in medical sciences and medical policy formation. Course topics include descriptive statistics, graphical data summary, sampling, statistical comparison of groups, correlation, and regression. This course will include lecture, group discussions, critical reading of published research, analysis of data as well as case studies to discuss problems and applications of biostatistics. The course will conclude with a survey of areas of current biostatistical research approaches.

MDS-620: Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab (4.00)

This course and lab covers human anatomy and physiology from an integrative perspective. Students learn the structure and function of the integument, skeletal, muscular, and nervous system during the semesters, from the cellular to the organismal level. In addition, the course covers disease pathology as it relates to these systems and bioethics.

MDS-624: Professional Success in Medicine and Health (2.00)

The course prepares students to succeed professionally in medical school and other health professions, starting with a successful application, and continuing through a meaningful career. Course topics include personal statements and interviewing, leadership in medicine and health, and personal leadership assessments to support student reflection. Guest speakers, including alumni who are doctors and/or other healthcare professionals, will attend sessions to offer insight into the health professions and navigating the medical and health professions.

MDS-626: Ethics in Medical Research and Practice (3.00)

In this course, students review recent medical research as well as notable research in the fields of medicine and health, as well as case-studies related to patient care. This course prepares students to identify ethical issues that arise during medical research and patient care. The course includes research-related topics such as ethical considerations for research design, conflict of interest, commercialization of results, placebos, and vulnerable populations. The course also explores ethical frameworks for navigating issues related to patient care, such as clinical judgement, resource allocation, patient privacy and confidentiality, informed consent, and considerations related to race, gender, sexuality, religion, culture, age, etc.

MDS-630: Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab (4.00)

This course is a continuation of Anatomy and Physiology I, covering human anatomy and physiology from an integrative perspective. Students learn the structure and function of the endocrine, circulatory, respiratory, lymphatic, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems, from the cellular to the organismal level during the semester. In addition, the course covers disease pathology as it relates to these systems and bioethics.

MDS-632: Medical Biochemistry (4.00)

This course covers the fundamentals of medical biochemistry with clinical significance for pre-medical students. The course examines the structure and function of biomolecules, enzyme kinetics, bioenergetics, catabolic and anabolic metabolic pathways, and regulation of biochemical processes.

MDS-634: Clinical Practicum (4.00, 6.00, or 8.00)

This course provides students with the opportunity to gain practical experience in clinical settings that involve direct patient care. In addition to direct clinical practicum hours, course content includes assignments related to topics such as ethical decision-making; patient-provider communication; diversity, equity and inclusion in healthcare; working on treatment teams, in addition to assignments for students to reflect on their clinical experiences. Note: Students registering for 6 or 8 credits (instead of the standard 4), are required to meet with the instructor before the first week of classes to agree on a supplemental syllabus of additional assignments meriting the additional credit hours.

HCO-620: Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health (3.00)

This course provides an overview of select social and behavioral theories used by health communicators to explain and predict health behaviors, as well as to inform the design of intervention strategies and evaluation methods. The course employs an ecological framework, examining theories at the policy, community, organizational, interpersonal and individual levels. Particular emphasis is placed on the role of structural and social determinants of health in shaping health behaviors and risks.

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