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. Modality
Biostatistics 3 Hybrid
Human Anatomy I 4 Face-to-Face
Advanced Cellular Biology and Biochemistry 4 Face-to-Face
Research Methods and Evidence-Based Medicine 3 Hybrid
Microbial Pathogenesis 3 Face-to-Face
Professional Development Seminar 1 Hybrid
Kaplan (MCAT/DAT/GRE prep) OPT   Distance-Synchronous
Total hours 18  

Spring Courses

Spring Courses
Course Hrs. Modality
Introduction to Health Disparities 2 Hybrid
Human Anatomy II 4 Face-to-Face
Biomedical Physiology 4 Face-to-Face
Health Humanities 2 Hybrid
Bioethics 3 Hybrid
Capstone 3 Distance-Synchronous
Medical Spanish OPT   Distance-Synchronous
Total hours 18  

Optional Courses

Kaplan (MCAT/DAT/GRE preparation) and Medical Spanish

This course covers the frameworks, assumptions, and utilization of statistical tests commonly used in interpreting and applying scientific data generated in clinical medicine, health policy, health economics and other areas of public health.

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 including histology of the four basic tissues. 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, Genetics, 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 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. The mode of instruction for this course will incorporate active learning strategies and discussion-oriented lectures to enhance clinical correlation to basic science mechanisms.

Research Methods and Evidence-Based Medicine will expose learners to research tools and study approaches, design, data collection, analysis, and reporting methods. Additionally, learners will gain insight into evidence-based practice methods, including critical appraisal of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods studies and methodologies to apply evidence-based practice in clinical practice. 

This course is designed to provide an overview of the mechanisms of microbial pathogenesis that are critical to understanding how infectious agents elicit disease in humans. Students will also explore the modes of transmission, 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. Concepts in innate and adaptive immunity are introduced to foster understanding of mechanisms of pathogenicity and disease. The mode of instruction for this course incorporates active learning strategies and discussion-oriented lectures to enhance the correlation of the basic science principles of pathogenic mechanisms to clinical presentations.

This interactive seminar fosters the development of skills and attitudes necessary for success in professional health care settings. Learners engage in classroom discussions, group activities, team-building exercises, and self-reflection as they acquire and refine essential professionalism and leadership competencies.

This optional 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.

Health disparities describe the preventable and disproportionate burden of disease, lack of access to care, and poorer health outcomes among socially marginalized populations. This course will provide learners an opportunity to explore intersectional characteristics that contribute to health disparities in the United States and prepare learners to meet the goals of Healthy People 2030 to eliminate health disparities.

This course continues to provide a framework for students to continue their study of Human Anatomy with an emphasis on the structures of the head and neck including the central and peripheral nervous systems. The mode of instruction provides active learning both in a traditional classroom setting and with hands-on dissection of human cadavers.

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 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.

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 interactive course exposes learners to the ethical issues that may arise when treating patients, when conducting research with human subjects, and when the boundaries between treatment and research are unclear. Learners develop familiarity with ethical principles and methods through small and large group discussions, case studies, and class exercises, such as role-playing.

In this course, students hone their skills in literature review, idea synthesis, formal professional presentation and critical review; giving them opportunity to apply all they have learned in the course of the MBS program toward the completion of a collaborative project which will be formally presented to their peers and faculty.