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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017


Medical Sciences (MSG)
with a Concentration in Aging and Neuroscience (ANS)

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Master of Science in Medical Sciences (M.S.M.S.)
CIP Code: 26.9999
College of Medicine (MD)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 30

Contact Information:
College of Medicine
Medical Sciences Department (MED)
12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., MDC Box 40 MDC40
Tampa FL  33612

Program Director or Coordinator:
Dave Eve
Phone: 813-974-6169
Email: deve@health.usf.edu

Website: http://gradaffairs.health.usf.edu


Faculty Search: Medicine Faculty List


Program Information


The program is designed to provide students with advanced training in either Anatomy, Biochemistry, Medical Microbiology, or Pharmacology. Students successfully completing the program will have a foundation that will prepare them for a professional degree in biomedical science such as a M.D. or Ph.D. or qualify them to work as teachers or research assistants in academia or in the private sector. The program will provide a solid core of training in the latest findings, concepts, and experimental techniques. Students will be allowed to individualize their training through elective courses and will have the opportunity to conduct laboratory research. The program is intended for students who wish training beyond a baccalaureate degree but do not wish to commit to a Ph.D. program or do not meet the qualifications required for admissions into a M.D. or Ph.D. program.

 

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: June 1
Spring: ---
Summer: ---

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: February 15
Spring: ---
Summer: ---

Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.


Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements

  • A bachelors degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited university
  • Minimum overall grade-point average of 3.0 out of a possible 4.0 with a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 in the sciences
  • GRE or MCAT
  • Completed pre-requisites in:
    • General biology (1 year)
    • General chemistry (1 year)
    • General physics (1 year)
    • Organic chemistry (1 year)
    • Quantitative analysis (1 course)
    • Mathematics including integral and differential calculus

APPLICATION PROCEDURES
Please refer to:
http://gradaffairs.health.usf.edu/

 

Admissions Status: Apply

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Program Degree Requirements

Degree requirements are individualized according to the educational and research interests and goals.

REQUIRED COURSES

 

Credits

CORE REQUIREMENTS (minimum)

2

GMS 6871

Health Sciences Ethics

2

Students select either the Pre-professional track or one of the Concentrations.

 

CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS

Aging and Neuroscience (ANS) (minimum)

36

Neuroscience is one the fastest growing fields of biomedical sciences. There is an increasing demand for health care professionals and research scientists to meet the needs of the increasing number of the aging population affected with neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimers disease. The Aging and Neuroscience concentration within the masters program in Medical Sciences has been developed in collaboration with the School of Aging Studies to integrate neuroscience as well as biomedical aging in one-year curriculum. The program is targeted for students interested in pursuing a medical, professional degree or further graduate education in biomedical sciences and in aging studies.

The core curriculum focuses on basic and applied neuroscience, with emphasis on neurodegenerative diseases. Classes on research methods, stem cell biology, neuropharmacology and other basic biomedical sciences, as well as several classes offered by the school of Aging Studies are offered as electives. The students can elect to engage in a research component where they will be supervised by mentors from the USF research faculty or affiliated institutes. Program graduates can pursue further professional training in medicine and allied health sciences, continue their graduate education in neuroscience or aging studies, or work in the diverse health care fields, especially those catered to the aging population.

GMS6020
GMS7930
GMS7930
GEY6613
GMS7910

Neuroscience (Interdisciplinary)
Aging and Neuroscience (Neurosurgery)
Neuroscience Seminar Series (Neurosurgery)
Physical Change and Aging (Aging Studies)
Aging and Neuroscience Directed Research (neurosurgery)

4-6
3
1
3
3-12

All students are required to have a minimum of 20 hours of didactic lectures, and a minimum of 6 hours of directed research. Only students who opt for a research paper must and can accumulate a minimum of 15 hours of directed research and laboratory rotations in their mentor/mentors laboratories.

Elective Requirements

10

College of Medicine
GMS6091
GMS6404
GMS6602

GMS6610
GMS6200

GMS7930
GMS6735
GMS7930
GMS7930
NUR6931
PCH6050

School of Aging
GEY6600
GEY5620
GEY6450
GEY6614
GEY6934
GEY6616


Ethics and Skills in Research (Interdisciplinary)
Systems Neurophysiology (Physiology)
Neural Correlates of Behavior (Pathology and
  Cell Biology)
Advanced Neuroanatomy (Pathology and Cell Biology)
Biochemistry, Molecular & Cellular Biology (Molecular
  Medicine)
Aging/Neuroscience Lab Rotations (Neurosurgery)
Neuropharmacology (Pharmacology)
Stem Cells in Brain Repair (Neurosurgery)
Spec Topics in Alzheimer's Disease (Neurosurgery)
Psychoneuroimmunology  (Nursing)
Biostatistics (Public Health)


Human Development
Sociological Aspects of Aging
Gerontological Research and Planning
Psychopathology and Aging I
Alzheimer's Diseases Management
Mental Health Assessment in Older Adults


2
4
3

4
5

3
3
3
1
3
3


3
3
3
3
3
3

Graduate students must maintain an overall average of 3.0 (B) in all courses.

 

MINIMUM TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS

30

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College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.

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USF Degree Requirements

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Financial Assistance


Financial Aid

Fellowships & Scholarships

Graduate Assistantships

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate program advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at http://www.grad.usf.edu/orientation.php. Then go to http://oasis.usf.edu/ the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: https://netid.usf.edu/una/ to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: http://www.usf.edu/it/class-prep/usf-card.aspx to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.

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