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Graduate Catalog 2017/2018


Medical Sciences (MSG)
with a Concentration in Medical Microbiology and Immunology (MDI)

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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): 32

Contact Information:
College of Medicine
Medical Sciences Department (MED)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Michael Barber
Phone: 813-974-9702
Email: mbarber@health.usf.edu

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


Faculty Search: Medicine Faculty List


Major Information

The major is designed to provide students with advanced training in either Anatomy, Biochemistry, Medical Microbiology, or Pharmacology. Students successfully completing the major 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 major 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 major 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

Major Priority Deadline

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

Graduate Admission Application Deadlines

MASTER'S AND
EDUCATION SPECIALIST DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

June 1

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

June 1

September 15

February 15

DOCTORATE DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

February 15

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

February 15

September 15

February 15


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 for admission to the major, listed below.

  • A bachelor's degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited university
  • Minimum overall grade-point average of 3.00 out of a possible 4.00 with a minimum grade-point average of 3.00 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: Currently Inactive; please contact program for other options

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Major Requirements

      

Programs of study are individualized according to the educational and research interests and goals.

REQUIRED COURSES

 

Credits

CORE REQUIREMENTS (minimum)

2

GMS7930

Health Sciences Ethics

2

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

Pre-Professional Track (minimum in addition to the core requirement)
Students are required to complete the following, chosen in consultation with Graduate Advisor.

30

GMS6605
GMS6630
GMS6201
GMS6706
GMS6012
GMS6141
GMS6433
GMS6440
GMS6111
GMS6505

Basic Medical Anatomy
Basic Medical Histology
Basic Medical Biochemistry
Basic Medical Neuroscience
Basic Medical Genetics
Basic Medical Immunology & Microbiology
Clinical Correlations in Molecular Medicine
Basic Medical Physiology
Basic Medical Pathology
Basic Medical Pharmacology

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

 

CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS

Students who prefer to take a Concentration instead of the Pre-Professional Track may choose from the following concentrations. Requirements for each are listed as follows:

Aging and Neuroscience (ANS)
Anatomy (ANA)
Athletic Training (ATL)
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (BMB) *
Clinical and Translational Research (CTR)
Health Science (HSC)
Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences (IMS)
Medical Microbiology and Immunology (MDI) *
Metabolic and Nutritional Medicine (MNM)
Molecular Medicine (MLM)
Women's Health (WSH)

*Currently not open for admissions.


Aging and Neuroscience (ANS) (minimum)

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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 Alzheimer's 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. 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 Electives
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 3.00 (B) in all courses.


Anatomy (ANA) (minimum)

31

In addition to the Core requirements (GMS 6871 2 hrs), students complete:

Concentration Core Requirements (27 hours):

GMS 6323      Pathology Case Studies 1       3
GMS 6604       Human Embryology      3
GMS 6605      Basic Medical Anatomy      3
GMS 6326       Pathology Case Studies 4       3
GMS 6609       Advanced Gross Anatomy      4
GMS 6610       Advanced Neuroanatomy      3
GMS 6630      Basic Medical Histology      3
GMS 7930      Selected Topics: Forensic Pathology       3

Concentration Core Electives: one of the following is required:
GMS 6324      Pathology Case Studies 2       2
GMS 6601      Introduction to Laboratory Medicine      2

Electives ( Minimum 2 credit hours):
GMS 6671      A Brief History of Medical Sciences      2
GMS7910       Directed Research       2
GMS 6325       Pathology Case Studies 3      2
GMS 6608       Pathology Case Studies 5      2
GMS 6950      Biomedical Science Communication and Instructional Skills      2

Athletic Training (ATL) (minimum)

33

ATR6236
ATR5605
ATR5515
ATR5508
ATR5319
ATR615
ATR6920

ATR6446
ATR516
ATR6617
ATR6618

Pediatric Sports Medicine
Youth Injury Epidemiology
Administration of Injury Prevention Programs
Contemporary Issues in Athletic Training
Rehabilitation Considerations for Children
Evidence Based Research & Writing
Athletic Training Professional Colloquium
(includes 5 days on campus in Tampa)
Medical Conditions of Adolescents
Ethical and Legal Issues in Healthcare
Capstone Project I
Capstone Project II

3
3
3
3
3
3
3

3
3
3
3


Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) – Closed for admissions; not accepting applications

Contact program for information


Clinical and Translational Research (CTR) (minimum)

34

Admission Criteria

This is a one-and-half- to two-year program of both didactic coursework and mentored research. Admission criteria will be to the Scholars in Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) Program and include the following:

  • Must have a doctoral or first professional degree (M.D., D.O., Ph.D., D.D.S., Pharm.D., Dr.P.T., Doctorate of Nursing Practice, Ph.D. in Nursing, or equivalent degrees)
  • GRE score will be waived and replaced by a requirement for documentation of a professional doctorate degree.
  • NIH eligibility for the SPOR Program requires U.S. citizenship or status as a non-citizen national or lawfully admitted permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Applicants will be required to complete a 2-step application process.  For Step 1 to enter the SPOR Program, there is an online application. Upon acceptance into the SPOR Program, Step 2 of the application process will consist of completing the standard application procedures to become a graduate degree-seeking student in the Master of Science in Medical Sciences degree program.

Concentration Degree Requirements
Minimum of 32 hours of credit—23 hours core coursework, 6 hours directed research, and remaining 3 required hours in any combination of directed research and/or elective courses, as needed for each SPOR scholar's particular research focus. In addition, each SPOR scholar will be required to submit a first author manuscript based on his/her research project (not a review article) to a peer-reviewed journal, and that manuscript must be judged by an appointed sub-panel of the SPOR Program Executive Committee and Key Faculty to be potentially acceptable for publication. This latter requirement is in lieu of a thesis requirement.

GMS6875
GMS6840
GMS6844
PHC6050
PHC6000
GMS6841
GMS6843
BCH6627

GMS6905
GMS6906
PHC6020
GMS6921
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Ethical & Regulatory Aspects of Clinical Research
Cultural Influences & Diversity Issues in Clinical Research
Principles of Patient-Oriented Research
Biostatistics I
Epidemiology
Fundamentals of Translational and Team Research
Scientific Communication
Metabolic and Genetic Basis of Disease
  OR another Basic Science course for 3 credits with approval
Grantsmanship I
Grantsmanship II
Design and Conduct of Clinical Trials
Colloquium on Building a Successful Academic Patient-Oriented Research Career
Mentored Clinical and Translational Research/Directed Research
Electives/Mentored Clinical and Translational Research/Directed Research

2
2
1
3
3
1
2
3

1
1
3
1
6
3



Health Science (HSC) (minimum)

32

100% ONLINE. Health sciences, the study and research of the human body and health-related issues, are critical to our understanding of how humans function. The knowledge gained from these studies is vital to today's mission of improving health and preventing and curing diseases. In the new millennium, in which science truly complements the art of medicine, advances in the health sciences contribute to our understanding of the structure and function of molecules key to normal body function and the pathogenesis of disease and to design new approaches for diagnosis, treatment and prevention. Recent changes in research and scholarship in the biomedical sciences has directed attention to the development and training of students who are able cross the barriers of traditional disciplines and embrace the concepts of interdisciplinary approaches to biomedical problems.

The Health Sciences concentration, within the Master's of Science Degree Program in Medical Sciences, has been developed to provide a new interdisciplinary and concentrated program of study that is designed for students interested in either future doctoral professional programs in the biomedical sciences. The major integrates an array of disciplines, including anatomy, biochemistry, histology, physiology, genetics, microbiology, immunology, pathology, pharmacology and ethics to provide a solid medically-relevant foundation. The rigorous major allows students to demonstrate their full academic ability for future graduate programs or medical school. The interdisciplinary major promotes the broad intellectual focus required of future graduate or professional students in the biomedical sciences or health-care related fields. The courses integrate modern distance teaching methods and are designed to improve their academic skills that are critical to their future professional development.

GMS6605
GMS6630
GMS6201
GMS6706
GMS6012
GMS6141
MCB6433
GMS6871
GMS6440
GMS6111
GMS6505

Basic Medical Anatomy
Basic Medical Histology
Basic Medical Biochemistry
Basic Medical Neuroscience
Basic Medical Genetics
Basic Medical Immunology & Microbiology
Clinical Correlations in Molecular Medicine
Health Sciences Ethics
Basic Medical Physiology
Basic Human Medical Pathology
Basic Medical Pharmacology


3
3
3
3
3
3
2
3
3
3


Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences (IMS) (minimum)

34

This concentration is designed to provide qualified students with advanced training in the sciences basic to the practice of medicine. Students successfully completing the major with this concentration will have a foundation that fosters opportunities in the private sector, teaching, or the pursuit of further advanced degrees. A goal of this concentration is to provide promising medical school applicants an opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that would enable them to have a career in the medical sciences.

Students who perform well during this program could be considered for admission to medical, graduate, or other health professions programs. This concentration provides an opportunity for students interested in graduate work that has a broad medical base. Students will take courses that will provide the same level of depth, breadth and intensity as those taken by a first year medical student. This will allow successful participants to demonstrate their readiness for the rigors of a medical school curriculum. Alternatively, appropriate selection of elective courses will allow any student who completes the major to tailor their educational experience to best suit their future plans and aspirations.

Admission Information:
Applicants must hold a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution at the time of entrance into the major. They must have completed at least 1 year each of General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, General Biology and General Physics and have achieved a total score of at least 22 on the MCAT. Applicants who are deficient in one or more of these requirements, but otherwise meet the College-wide requirements for admission to the Master's Degree may be considered on a case by case basis.

Total Minimum Hours for the MSMS with a concentration in IMS: 32 hours

Program Core Courses:2 hours
GMS 6871 Health Sciences Ethics (2)

Required Concentration Courses:30 hours
GMS 6418 Musculoskeletal System (4)
GMS 6054Cancer Biology (3)
GMS 6004Introduction to Medical Sciences (5)
GMS6707Medical Neuroscience (6)
GMS6411Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Systems (6)
GMS6419Excretory, Endocrine and Reproductive Systems (6)

Elective Requirements

 

Students may select elective courses with the approval of the Program Director.

GMS 6110Microbial Pathogenesis and Host Parasite Interactions (3)
GMS 6115Medical Parasitology and Mycology (3)
GMS6141Basic Medical Microbiology and Immunology (3)
GMS7930Selected Topics (1-3)
GMS6908Medical Sciences Independent Study (1-3)


Medical Microbiology and Immunology (MDI) Closed for admissions; not accepting applications

32

GMS6200C
GMS6100C
GMS7930
GMS6101
GMS6107
GMS6110
BCH6411

Biochemistry, Cell & Molecular Biology
Medical Microbiology
Medical Parasitology and Mycology
Molecular and Cell Immunology
Advances in Virology
Microbial Pathogenesis and Host-parasite Interactions
Biomedical Genomics and Genetics

5
3
2
3
2
2
4

Elective Requirements

 

Select one course of the following (2 hrs minimum)

BCH6935
BSC6436
GMS6876

Scientific Writing and Ethics
Introduction to Biotechnology
Current Topics in Molecular Medicine

2
3
1

Select one or more from the following (9 hrs minimum):

GMS7910
GMS6114
BCH6135C
BCH6420

Directed Research
Vaccines and Applied Immunology
Methods in Molecular Biology
Clinical Correlations in Molecular Medicine

3-9
2
4
3


Metabolic and Nutritional Medicine (MNM) (minimum) - NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE

32

GMS6xxx
GMS6xxx
GMS6xxx
GMS6xxx
GMS6xxx
GMS6xxx
GMS6xxx
GMS6xxx
GMS6xxx

Clinical Intensives in Metabolic and Nutritional Medicine
Clinical Approach to Endocrinology
Diabetes and Coronary Heart Disease
Integrated Clinical Neurobiology
Nutrition and Metabolism
Functional Medicine and Infectious Disease
Autoimmune Diseases and Cognitive Function
Laboratory Fundamentals and Adjunct Cancer Therapies
Health Sciences Ethics

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
2

Elective Requirements

 

GMS7930
GMS6xxx
GMS7930
GMS 6xxx
GMS7910

Biomedical Aging
Clinical Nutrition
Aging and Neuroscience
Medical Sciences Independent Study
Directed Research

3
3
3
3
3


Molecular Medicine (MLM) (minimum)

32

Considered the vanguard of the new millennium in which science truly complements the art of medicine, molecular medicine strives to understand the molecules key to normal body function and the pathogenesis of disease and to design molecular tools for diagnosis, treatment and prevention. Recent changes in research and scholarship in the biomedical sciences has directed attention to the development and training of students who are able to cross the barriers of traditional disciplines and embrace the concepts of interdisciplinary approaches to biomedical problems.

The Molecular Medicine concentration, within the Master's of Science Degree Program in Medical Sciences, has been developed to provide a novel interdisciplinary and concentrated program of study that is designed for students interested in either future doctoral or professional programs in the biomedical sciences. The major integrates several disciplines, including biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, genomics, microbiology, immunology, virology and biomedical ethics to provide a solid medically-relevant foundation. The rigorous major allows students to demonstrate their full academic ability for future graduate programs or medical school. The interdisciplinary major promotes the broad intellectual focus required of future graduate students in the biomedical sciences or health-care profession. The courses integrate modern teaching methods with extensive student participation designed to improve their oral and presentation skills that are critical to their future professional development.

GMS6200C
BCH6935
GMS6100
BCH6411
GMS6101
GMS6110
GMS7930
BCH6627
GMS6114

Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology
Scientific Writing and Ethics
Medical Microbiology
Biomedical Genomics and Genetics
Molecular and Cellular Immunology
Host-Parasite Interactions
Clinical Correlations in Molecular Medicine
Metabolic and Genetic Basis of Human Diseases
Vaccines and Applied Immunology

1
2
3
4
3-4

3
3

Elective Requirements

 

BCH6135C
GMS6104
GMS6107
BCH6746
BCH6888
PHC6050
GMS6876

Methods in Molecular Biology
Cellular Immunology
Advances in Virology
Proteomics and Structural Biology
Bioinformatics
Biostatistics
Current Topics in Molecular Medicine

4
3
2
3
3
3
1


Women's Health (WSH) (minimum)

32

This innovative, interdisciplinary concentration, the first in Florida to provide an integrated approach to the subject area of holistic women's health, is designed to develop leaders in the field of women's health. The major, with this concentration, which has been constructed to prepare students for future educational or research endeavors in graduate or medical schools or health practice institutions, is designed to fulfill the M.S. M.S. Women's Health Concentration increasing demand for trained individuals in this emerging area, which focuses on gender-specific issues. It is founded on the premise that future health-care providers, researchers and educators will require extensive interdisciplinary training in order to develop novel solutions to current biomedical problems in women's health. The interdisciplinary curriculum has been designed to provide the background training that will equip students with the essential tools for a successful career in the field of women's health.

The major, with this concentration, requires a minimum of 32 credit hours, which can be completed in one year of accelerated and intense study. Core courses provide both foundation and advanced training while electives in such topics as reproductive women's cancers, endocrine mechanisms, clinical nutrition, the business side of medicine and biostatistics, provide students with additional educational opportunities.

Program Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited university in the biological or chemical sciences
  • Minimum overall grade-point average of 3.00 out of a possible 4.00 with a minimum grade point average of 3.00 in the sciences
  • Graduate Record Examination (MCAT scores can be submitted in lieu of the GRE)

BCH6935
GMS7930
GMS7930
GMS7930
--
GMS7930
PHC6532
GMS7910
--
GMS7910
--

Scientific Writing and Ethics
Women and Diabetes
Current Topics in Women's Health
Women's Health Lab (1-2 Interdisciplinary)
Elective
Why Do We Live Longer
Women's Health Issues
Directed Research (Women's Health) (3-6 hrs Interdisciplinary)
Elective
Directed Research (Women's Health) (3-6 hrs Interdisciplinary)
Elective

2
3
3
2-3
2-3
3
3
3-6
3
3-6
5-6

 

MINIMUM TOTAL CREDITS

30

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