Course Catalog

The UIW Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBS) program provides an innovative and unique approach into the world of health care. Recognizing that students will enter the program with a diverse set of interests and professional goals, the curriculum weaves together three main components:

  • Science in Medicine
  • Health and Society
  • Professional Development

Curriculum Overview

Fall Courses

Fall Courses
Course Hrs.
BMSC 6135 Professional Development Seminar I 1
BMSC 6220 Health Humanities 2
BMSC 6245 Research Methods and Design I 2
BMSC 6315 Advanced Cell Biology and Biochemistry 3
BMSC 6350 Epidemiology 3
BMSC 6420 Human Anatomy I 4
Total hours 15

Spring Courses

Spring Courses
Course Hrs.
BMSC 6325 Biomedical Physiology 3
BMSC 6430 Human Anatomy II 4
BMSC 6305 Introduction to Bioethics 3
BMSC 6150 Professional Development 1
BMSC 6425 Microbial Pathogenesis 4
BMSC 6250 Research Methods and Design II 2
Total hours 17

Summer Courses

Summer Courses
Course Hrs.
BMSC 6335 Genetics 3
BMSC 6375 Capstone 3
Total hours 6

Possible Electives

Success Skills (3 Credit Hours)

*Students will be advised or required to take the MCAT/GRE prep-course based on previous exam results.

Human Anatomy I is the study of the structural organization of the human body. This course provides a framework to assist students in organizing their study of human anatomy with an emphasis on clinical relevance of basic anatomical knowledge. The mode of instruction for this course incorporates active learning strategies, discussion-oriented lectures, and cadaver prosection and dissection with a focus on major body regions.

This course is designed to examine the fundamental aspects of Cell Biology and Biochemistry critical to understanding the chemical and cellular principles relevant to mechanisms of human health and disease. The course adopts an integrated approach that emphasizes the replication and transcription of the genome, regulation of the cell cycle and mitosis, protein biosynthesis and membrane targeting, cell motility and the cytoskeleton, as well as signal transduction within the cell. The structure and function of the cells and tissues of the body, the relationships among the major classes of macromolecules in cellular systems, metabolic control mechanisms and the biochemical basis of numerous human diseases are also a part of the course. The mode of instruction for this course incorporates active learning strategies and discussion-oriented lectures on key cell and molecular biology concepts to enhance clinical correlation to basic science mechanisms.

A foundation in Health Humanities helps students draw from the humanities disciplines to engage in critical thinking about issues in health care, the nature of the interaction between caregiver and patient, and those elements of virtue and character to be developed in the realization of professionalism. This blended-format course features online reflections and discussions; the face-to-face component features small and large group activities and discussion.

This is a blended course which involves both instructor based and self-learning. Students complete weekly assignments and quizzes online using blackboard as their learning platform. Quizzes are all open book however, the mid-term and final exams are closed book. The instructor meets with students in class once every week for clarification of concepts by discussion and slides. Students will participate in mini projects, discussion boards and literature searches. They will engage in research design, hypothesis testing and learn data collection and data interpretation methods.

Epidemiology is a discipline that identifies the determinants of defects, disease and injury in human populations and provides a means of assessing the magnitude of public health problems and the success of interventions designed to control them. Epidemiology is universally regarded as a discipline that is essential for understanding and solving public health problems, regardless one's area of concentration or specialization. The mode of instruction of this course is blended. Students are expected to complete weekly assignments and quizzes online using blackboard as their learning platform. The instructor meets with students in class once every week providing clarification of concepts by discussion and slides.

This seminar is an interactive and dynamic course designed to foster professional development, communication and leadership training through classroom discussions, interactive group exercises and team building activities. Students are introduced to theory related to leadership and professionalism.

This course provides a framework to assist students to continue organizing their study of anatomy with an emphasis on clinical relevance of basic anatomical knowledge. The mode of instruction for this course incorporates active learning strategies and discussion-oriented lectures to enhance clinical correlation to basic science mechanisms with a focus on the head and neck including the brain and spinal cord.

This course is designed to enhance student knowledge and understanding of the body’s physiologic mechanisms and the underlying regulation. The focus of this course is on the integrated function of organ systems in regulating the overall homeostasis of the human body, as well as the pathophysiological response of organ systems to injury and disease. The course is divided into several modules, including body fluids and compartments, membranes and transport, acid-base balance, neuromuscular, cardiovascular, pulmonary, renal, gastrointestinal, and endocrine systems. The mode of instruction for this course incorporates active learning strategies and discussion-oriented lectures to guide the application of physiologic principles and understanding of pathophysiology to enhance clinical correlations to basic science mechanisms.

Drawing on the Health Humanities’ methods of inquiry (addressed in the previous course Health Humanities) and the multidisciplinary base of Bioethics, this course further explores clinical ethics, the ethics of scientific research, and ethical decision-making as it relates to the student's professional identity formation. Students are expected to complete regular reading and writing assignments; classroom activities include Socratic engagements and small-group activities.

This course is designed to focus on mechanisms of microbial pathogenesis that are critical to understanding infectious disease processes. Students study the transmission, pathogenesis, clinical presentation, treatment, and prevention of microbial infections. Relevant clinical examples are used to cover the biological properties of bacterial, viral, fungal, and parasitic pathogens and the diseases they cause. Basic concepts in innate and adaptive immunity are introduced to foster the student’s understanding of mechanisms of pathogenicity and disease. Fundamental principles of pathogenic mechanisms is linked to the diagnosis and treatment of infections. The mode of instruction for this course incorporates active learning strategies and discussion-oriented lectures to enhance clinical correlation to basic science mechanisms.

This seminar is an interactive and dynamic course designed to foster professional development, communication and leadership training through classroom discussions, interactive group exercises and team building activities. Students continue their exposure to theory related to leadership and professionalism.

This course is designed to provide an overview of human genetic concepts and clinical disorders that have a genetic component. It surveys many areas including cytogenetics, as well as molecular, biochemical, population, and clinical genetics. The mode of instruction for this course incorporates active learning strategies and discussion-oriented lectures to enhance clinical correlation to basic science mechanisms.

Students assemble and critically evaluate their grant proposal developed throughout the Research Methods and Design I and II courses. Following peer review, students construct and present their research proposal to peers and faculty mentors.

This elective course is designed to help prepare students for the pre-professional or graduate level-entry test including the MCAT and GRE. The material is offered through Kaplan and provides students with a team of subject-matter experts who provide the comprehensive instruction for each section of the exam. The course discusses test-taking strategies including Critical Analysis and Reasoning and Psychology and Sociology Coaching. Students have access to online materials and full-length practice tests. The course requires some in-class instruction and self-directed learning.