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Student Learning Objectives Biomedical Sciences

Master of Science

Core Competencies: 

  • Apply fundamental concepts in the core areas of biochemistry, molecular biology, and cell biology to a succinct research problem in the chosen specialty area.
  • Apply laboratory skills such as planning of experiments, data acquisition, management and analysis to a selected research problem.
  • Critically evaluate the scientific literature.
  • Demonstrate needed communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Apply fundamental concepts in the biomedical sciences to public health issues, in particular, in the detection, treatment and prevention of disease.
  • Understand the contribution of advanced biomedical science disciplines to public health.
  • Understand and demonstrate the proper conduct of scientific research.

 

Track-Specific Competencies

 

Immunology and Infectious Disease Track

  • Identify the major cellular and tissue components which comprise the immune system;
  • Describe the major cellular and molecular processes which promote immediate host responses to pathogens and also lead to long-term immunological protection;
  • Demonstrate a broad knowledge of immunopathologies, including autoimmune diseases and immunodeficiency diseases, and describe the underlying cellular mechanisms or processes;
  • Apply immunological concepts and laboratory techniques in a research investigation on the basic nature of the immune system or the immunologically-related diseases;
  • Demonstrate broad knowledge of the cellular and molecular bases of host pathogen interactions;
  • Identify the major factors that lead to the emergence of new pathogenic agents, and how human behavior plays a role;
  • Describe the principal mechanisms by which specific pathogens infect their hosts and cause disease;
  • Describe the different means by which vaccines and antibiotics are used to combat infectious disease;
  • Apply the principles of infectious disease to a selected research problem in the field.

 

Molecular Genetics Track

  • Demonstrate broad knowledge of genetic basis of cellular function.
  • Identify mechanistic principles of expression/replication of genetic information.
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of human genetic diseases and disorders.
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of pathogen genetic mechanisms.
  • Apply principles of genetics to a selected research problem in the field.

 

Neuroscience Track

  • Demonstrate broad knowledge of the cellular and molecular bases of nervous system function.
  • Identify the main processes involved in neurotransmitter function.
  • Describe interactions between brain regions involved in specific sensory and motor systems, as well as in systems involved in more complex behaviors.
  • Identify pathophysiological processes that underlie common nervous system disorders/diseases.
  • Apply the principles of neuroscience to a selected research problem in the field.

 

Structural and Cell Biology Track

  • Develop a thorough understanding of the structure and function of macromolecules and molecular machines.
  • Develop a thorough understanding of the structure, function and interactions of cells.
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of how alterations in molecular and cellular structure and function cause disease and how therapeutic interventions can be developed to improve public health.
  • Apply principles of structural and cell biology to a selected research problem in the field.

Master of Public Health (MPH)

MPH Core Competencies – for all MPH concentrations

BIOSTATISTICS

  • Describe the roles biostatistics serves in the discipline of public health.
  • Describe basic concepts of probability, random variation and commonly used statistical probability distributions.
  • Describe preferred methodological alternatives to commonly used statistical methods when assumptions are not met.
  • Distinguish among the different measurement scales and the implications for selection of statistical methods to be used based on these distinctions.
  • Apply descriptive techniques commonly used to summarize public health data.
  • Apply common statistical methods for inference.
  • Apply descriptive and inferential methodologies according to the type of study design for answering a particular research question.
  • Apply basic informatics techniques with vital statistics and public health records in the description of public health characteristics and in public health research and evaluation.
  • Interpret results of statistical analyses found in public health studies.
  • Develop written and oral presentations based on statistical analyses for both public health professionals and educated lay audiences.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SCIENCES

  • Describe the direct and indirect human, ecological and safety effects of major environmental and occupational agents
  • Describe genetic, physiologic and psychosocial factors that affect susceptibility to adverse health outcomes following exposure to environmental hazards.
  • Describe federal and state regulatory programs, guidelines and authorities that control environmental health issues.
  • Specify current environmental risk assessment methods.
  • Specify approaches for assessing, preventing and controlling environmental hazards that pose risks to human health and safety.
  • Explain the general mechanisms of toxicity in eliciting a toxic response to various environmental exposures.
  • Discuss various risk management and risk communication approaches in relation to issues of environmental justice and equity.
  • Develop a testable model of environmental insult.

EPIDEMIOLOGY

  • Identify key sources of data for epidemiologic purposes.
  • Identify the principles and limitations of public health screening programs.
  • Describe a public health problem in terms of magnitude, person, time and place.
  • Explain the importance of epidemiology for informing scientific, ethical, economic and political discussion of health issues.
  • Comprehend basic ethical and legal principles pertaining to the collection, maintenance, use and dissemination of epidemiologic data.
  • Apply the basic terminology and definitions of epidemiology.
  • Calculate basic epidemiology measures.
  • Communicate epidemiologic information to lay and professional audiences.
  • Draw appropriate inferences from epidemiologic data.
  • Evaluate the strengths and limitations of epidemiologic reports.

HEALTH POLICY & MANAGEMENT

  • Identify the main components and issues of the organization, financing and delivery of health services and public health systems in the US.
  • Describe the legal and ethical bases for public health and health services.
  • Explain methods of ensuring community health safety and preparedness.
  • Discuss the policy process for improving the health status of populations.
  • Apply the principles of program planning, development, budgeting, management and evaluation in organizational and community initiatives.
  • Apply principles of strategic planning and marketing to public health.
  • Apply quality and performance improvement concepts to address organizational performance issues.
  • Apply "systems thinking" for resolving organizational problems.
  • Communicate health policy and management issues using appropriate channels and technologies.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills for building partnerships.

SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES

  • Identify basic theories, concepts and models from a range of social and behavioral disciplines that are used in public health research and practice.
  • Identify the causes of social and behavioral factors that affect health of individuals and populations.
  • Identify individual, organizational and community concerns, assets, resources and deficits for social and behavioral science interventions.
  • Identify critical stakeholders for the planning, implementation and evaluation of public health programs, policies and interventions.
  • Describe steps and procedures for the planning, implementation and evaluation of public health programs, policies and interventions.
  • Describe the role of social and community factors in both the onset and solution of public health problems.
  • Describe the merits of social and behavioral science interventions and policies.
  • Apply evidence-based approaches in the development and evaluation of social and behavioral science interventions.
  • Apply ethical principles to public health program planning, implementation and evaluation.
  • Specify multiple targets and levels of intervention for social and behavioral science programs and/or policies.

PUBLIC HEALTH BIOLOGY

  • Specify the role of the immune system in population health.
  • Describe how behavior alters human biology.
  • Identify the ethical, social and legal issues implied by public health biology.
  • Explain the biological and molecular basis of public health.
  • Explain the role of biology in the ecological model of population-based health.
  • Explain how genetics and genomics affect disease processes and public health policy and practice.
  • Articulate how biological, chemical and physical agents affect human health.
  • Apply biological principles to development and implementation of disease prevention, control, or management programs.
  • Apply evidence-based biological and molecular concepts to inform public health laws, policies, and regulations.
  • Integrate general biological and molecular concepts into public health.

    Biomedical Sciences Concentration Competencies

  • Demonstrate a foundation of knowledge in the core areas of biomedical sciences.
  • Apply the fundamental concepts in the biomedical sciences to public health issues, particularly in the detection, treatment and prevention of genetic, infectious, and other human diseases.
  • Identify the strengths and limitations of various laboratory methodologies to make valid use of scientific data and their application to public health problems. 
  • Explain the biological and molecular basis of public health.
  • Articulate how biological, chemical and physical agents affect human health.
  • Apply biological principles to development and implementation of disease prevention, control, or management programs.
  • Specify the role of the immune system in population health.
  • Explain how genetics and genomics affect disease processes and public health policy and practice.
  • Identify the ethical, social and legal issues implied by public health biology.
  • Apply evidence-based biological and molecular concepts to inform public health laws, policies, and regulations.
  • Become part of a public health team, using biomedical knowledge and communication skills to solve public health problems.

Ph.D

Core Competencies:

  • Apply fundamental concepts in the core areas of biochemistry, molecular biology, and cell biology to a succinct research problem in the chosen specialty area.
  • Apply laboratory skills such as planning of experiments, data acquisition, management and analysis to a selected research problem.
  • Critically evaluate the scientific literature.
  • Demonstrate needed communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Apply fundamental concepts in the biomedical sciences to public health issues, in particular, in the detection, treatment and prevention of disease.
  • Understand the contribution of advanced biomedical science disciplines to public health.
  • Understand and demonstrate the proper conduct of scientific research.
  • Plan and execute, with considerable independence, original and extensive laboratory research on a significant problem in the biomedical sciences.
  • Critically evaluate the work of peers in biomedical sciences, including the choice of methods applied to problems and the interpretation of results obtained.
  • Demonstrate advanced communication skills, both verbal and written, to disseminate the results of research.

           

Track-Specific Competencies

 

Immunology and Infectious Disease Track

  • Identify the major cellular and tissue components which comprise the immune system;
  • Describe the major cellular and molecular processes which promote immediate host responses to pathogens and also lead to long-term immunological protection;
  • Demonstrate a broad knowledge of immunopathologies, including autoimmune diseases and immunodeficiency diseases, and describe the underlying cellular mechanisms or processes;
  • Apply immunological concepts and laboratory techniques in a research investigation on the basic nature of the immune system or the immunologically-related diseases;
  • Demonstrate broad knowledge of the cellular and molecular bases of host pathogen interactions;
  • Identify the major factors that lead to the emergence of new pathogenic agents, and how human behavior plays a role;
  • Describe the principal mechanisms by which specific pathogens infect their hosts and cause disease;
  • Describe the different means by which vaccines and antibiotics are used to combat infectious disease;
  • Apply the principles of infectious disease to a selected research problem in the field.

 

Molecular Genetics Track

  • Demonstrate broad knowledge of genetic basis of cellular function.
  • Identify mechanistic principles of expression/replication of genetic information.
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of human genetic diseases and disorders.
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of pathogen genetic mechanisms.
  • Apply principles of genetics to a selected research problem in the field.

 

Neuroscience Track

  • Demonstrate broad knowledge of the cellular and molecular bases of nervous system function.
  • Identify the main processes involved in neurotransmitter function.
  • Describe interactions between brain regions involved in specific sensory and motor systems, as well as in systems involved in more complex behaviors.
  • Identify pathophysiological processes that underlie common nervous system disorders/diseases.
  • Apply the principles of neuroscience to a selected research problem in the field.

 

Structural and Cell Biology Track

  • Develop a thorough understanding of the structure and function of macromolecules and molecular machines.
  • Develop a thorough understanding of the structure, function and interactions of cells.
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of how alterations in molecular and cellular structure and function cause disease and how therapeutic interventions can be developed to improve public health.
  • Apply principles of structural and cell biology to a selected research problem in the field.