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 Graduate Program - Curriculum

Course Work

The Master's program consists of course work, primarily in the first year, and research leading to a Master's thesis. Students will be required to complete 24 credits, 12 of which must be in didactic courses.

First Semester

Lab rotations
BMSC 410 Molecular Biochemistry (4 cr. hrs)
BMSC 412 Cell Biology (4 cr. hrs)
BMSC 416 Methods (1 cr. hr);
IDIM 501 InDII Seminar (0 cr. hrs)
IDIM 502 Special Topics (0 cr. hrs)

Second Semester

IDIM 418 Oral Presentation skills (0 cr. hr)
IDIM 492 Research (1-8 cr. hrs)
IDIM 501 InDII Seminar (0 cr. hrs)
IDIM 502 Special Topics (0 cr. hrs)
IDIM 400 Infections and Immunology (3 cr. hrs)
- OR -
IDIM 502 Special Topics (1 cr. hr)

Third Semester

IDIM 401 Infectious Diseases (2 cr. hrs)
IDIM 492 Research (1-8 cr. hrs)
IDIM 501 InDII Seminar (0 cr. hrs)
IDIM 502 Special Topics (0 cr. hrs)
IDIM 595 Thesis Supervision (0 cr. hrs)
BMSC 402 Statistical methods for the Biomedical Sciences
(2 cr. hrs)
- OR -
CRME 420 Biostatistics 1 (3 cr. hrs) AND
CRME 421 Biostatistics 2 (3 cr. hrs., pre-req. CRME 420)

Fourth Semester

IDIM 501 InDII Seminar (0 cr. hrs)
IDIM 502 Special Topics (1 cr. hr)
IDIM 502 Special Topics (0 cr. hr)
IDIM 595 Thesis Supervision (0 cr. hrs)
IDIM 403 Parasitology and Virology (2 cr. hrs)
- OR -
CRME Clinical Trials (2 cr. hrs., pre-req. CRME 421)

In addition to the formal, graded courses, students will enroll in IDIM 492 (Research), attend the Institute's seminar series and Special Topics.  Once students have completed 24 credits they will also enroll in IDIM 595 (Thesis Supervision).

Students will participate in the Department of Medicine’s Clinical Grand Rounds that are held once a week.  Students are expected to attend at least 5 Grand Rounds seminars, generally in their second year. This requirement allows Masters students to interact with physicians, residents, and medical students. As a result, our students will leave the program with a sophisticated understanding of the language used by physicians, and the environment in which physicians and physician-researchers operate. Our students will also be especially well prepared to communicate effectively with clinical professionals and to connect their didactic and research work to the realities of the clinic, thereby strengthening the students' understanding of the continuity of biomedical research from "bench-to-bedside".

Research

Students will select a laboratory for research following one to three 6-week rotations during the first semester. Students will select laboratories for each rotation in consultation with faculty mentors and the program's graduate program director.  M.S. candidates are expected to undertake an independent, original experimental study resulting in a new and significant contribution to knowledge.  The research will culminate in the preparation of a thesis and a final oral examination conducted by the student's M.S. Thesis Committee.


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