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The MBS is a 2-semester (32 credit) program. The discipline-based curriculum is delivered by collaborative effort of basic science and medical faculty in the School of Medicine.


The MBS curriculum is designed around 4 key components that are necessary to strengthen students' candidacies for health and academic careers:

  1. academic credentials,
  2. communication and interview skills,
  3. professional development skills, and
  4. critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
The student-centered curriculum, active learning experiences, and career advising services enhance students' candidacy for healthcare professional programs, including MD and DO medical schools, PhD programs, schools of dentistry, pharmacy, physician assistant, and other health-related or biomedical research-oriented programs.


MBS Program Course Descriptions

MBS-5110: Cellular Biochemistry (2 credits)

Description: This course will cover basic concepts in Biochemistry including the structure and function of nucleic acids, proteins, carbohydrates and lipids. The biochemical basis of physiological processes as well as disease states will also be discussed.


MBS-5120: Biostatistics and Epidemiology (3 credits)

Description: This course introduces the fundamental concepts and methods that are required for a basic understanding and interpretation of epidemiology and vital statistics for clinical medicine, science and public health. Emphasis is placed on the concept, principles, and methods that provides a foundation to prepare students to pursue further topics in the field as their work and research requires.


MBS-5130: Principles of Anatomy and Histology (1 credit)

Description: The anatomy component of the course will introduce the students to system-based anatomy: musculoskeletal, integumentary, nervous, cardiorespiratory, lymphatic, genital, and endocrine systems. It will integrate the gross anatomy with medical imaging. Students will also be instructed on the ethics of working in anatomy lab. This course is lecture-based and will have anatomy lab component. The Histology component of the course is designed to introduce students to microscopic anatomy which includes the concepts of basic histology by surveying the four tissues: epithelial, connective, muscular and nervous tissue. The virtual histology laboratory component will be incorporated within the histology lectures.


MBS-5140: Cell Biology (2 credits)

Description: The objective of this course is to give students a strong foundation in the concepts of cellular biology. The concepts that will be covered include the fundamental processes of cellular structure and function, cell cycle, mechanisms of intracellular and transmembrane transport, intracellular signaling and cellular communication. Emphasis will also be placed on gene structure, DNA replication, transcription, translation, and regulation of gene expression.


MBS-5160: Pathophysiology I (3 credits) and MBS-5240: Pathophysiology II (2 credits)

Description: The course is a study of human physiology, which focuses on the properties of living cells and tissues as well as the function of selected organ systems. With an emphasis on integration and control, introductory concepts of pathophysiology are also included.


MBS-5180: Critical Thinking in Biomedical Research (1 credit)

Description: This course is designed to train students to develop skills that are useful in the critical analysis and appraisal of research work (conceptual design, implementation, reporting and evaluation). The course gives each student the opportunity to present analysis, critically evaluate and discuss selected scientific literature.


MBS-5210: Human Genetics (3 credits)

Description: Human Genetics is a three-credit course designed to deliver the core concepts and principles of Genetics, aligning with emerging Genomic and Precision Medicine. The contents of this course will cover Classical (transmission), Molecular, and Population Genetics as well as Genomics. This course will focus on the active learning and critical thinking to understand the expression of genotype to phenotype and various regulations in between. The application of Genetics knowledge and technology to the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of human diseases will also be emphasized. The goal of this course is to better prepare students for their future medical school learning, clinical practice, and biomedical research.


MBS-5170: Biomedical Career Pathways (1 credit)

Description: This is a one-unit course designed to prepare students to achieve success in health professions. Students will be introduced to post-graduate career planning, healthcare and biomedical career pathways, the medical school admissions process, strategies for success in medical school, and socio-cultural awareness for health professions. The course includes guest speakers, problem-solving activities, assistance with resume/cv writing and personal statement writing via the office of Academic and Career Advising, a mock medical school interview with faculty, opportunities for self-reflection, and career development.


MBS-5150: Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (3 credits)

Description: This course provides the students the core principles of Medical Microbiology and basic clinical concepts in the field of Infectious Diseases. Students will learn the pathogenesis of various micro-organisms, and the symptoms, lab diagnosis, prevention, treatment and complication of major infectious diseases.


MBS-5220: General Pharmacology (2 credits)

Description: This course will introduce the principles of pharmacology including the effects that drugs have on the body (pharmacodynamics), the effect the body has on drugs (pharmacokinetics) as well as drug toxicity/adverse effects. This will be followed by an overview of drugs treating the major disease states and a discussion of the drug discovery and development process.


MBS-5230: Basic and Applied Immunology (2 credits)

Description: The Basic and Applied Immunology is designed to educate students on the core concepts and principles of Immunology and their applications in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of human immunological diseases. This two-credit course will deliver the fundamental knowledge of Immunology about how innate and adaptive immunities work together at molecular, cellular, and tissue levels to regulate human health and disease in the context of host-microbe interaction and autoimmunity. The key contents include innate immunity, cell-mediated immunity, humoral immunity, immune tolerance and hypersensitivity. Medically relevant topics will also be covered, including autoimmune diseases, immunity to tumors and transplants, immunotherapy, and vaccine/immunization. The goal of this course is to provide students with the general knowledge of Immunology for their future medical school learning, clinical practice, and biomedical research.


MBS-5250: Neuroscience (3 credits)

Description: This course will cover four major domains in neuroscience: Domain I: covers the gross anatomical anatomy of the CNS and PNS. Domain II: covers basic cellular and molecular aspects of neuroscience, which will include our current understanding for the cellular, structural, biochemical, and physiological paradigms of neurons and synapses. The concepts that govern the vital functions of the neuron will be the focus. Domain III: covers the applications of the paradigms and concepts we covered in domains I and II to understand how the nervous system coordinates motion, balance, senses, and pain. Several neuronal circuits will be demonstrated throughout this section. Domain IV: covers neurodevelopment, cognitive states, and memory. Throughout domains III and IV relevant neurological disorders will be presented.


MBS-5260: Biostatistics and Epidemiology (3 credits)

Description: The Capstone is an integrative course incorporating the cumulative knowledge gained from the MBS program in developing a group-based capstone project which would reflect each student’s understanding and application of the work they completed in the program. This requires utilizing various health related datasets to develop a health-related topic using the scientific process. Students will then conduct statistical analysis of their data and present their results through a poster presentation.


MBS-5270: Ethics in Healthcare (1 credit)

Description: Bioethics is a one-credit course to introduce students the contemporary ethical issues associated with health care. It will cover the key areas including the philosophical reasoning and law in bioethics, clinical and public health ethics, and research bioethics. The detailed contents include the ethical principles in health care, confidentiality and informed consent, euthanasia, reproductive issues, genetic testing and engineering in the clinic, etc. The regulations and policies of conducting research with human subjects and animal models will also be covered. This course focuses on the active learning that engages students in discussion and sharing their ideas and opinions, aiming for the improvement of their critical thinking skills and professionalism for the future medical school learning and clinical practice in the ever-changing medical environment.