Human Health Track

For students interested in the application of biotechnology towards human health, and the environmental and epidemiologic factors that influence human health:

Core topics for this track include concepts of--

  • Human health and disease
  • Environmental health
  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Ethics

The recommended plan of work for the Human Health track (41-42 credit hours):

Fall Semester 1:

MB 585 - Industry Case Studies in Microbial Biotechnology (required; 3 credits)

MB 714 - Microbial Metabolic Regulation (recommended; 3 credits)

BIT 510 - Core Techniques in Molecular and Cellular Biology (required; 4 credits; offered fall and spring) OR BEC 540 - Expression Systems in Biomanufacturing I (3 credits)**

**IN-COMING STUDENTS MAY BE ABLE TO OPT OUT OF THIS REQUIREMENT if sufficient evidence is provided and indicates, at least, basic experience and understanding of technologies including recombinant DNA procedures, gene expression, isolation and identification of nucleic acids and proteins. Sufficient evidence may include a letter from current or former supervisors and/or professors attesting that the applicant possesses at least basic understanding of and experience with the aforementioned technologies. Applicants with doctoral training in a related area may opt out of BIT 510 OR BEC 540, with MMB Director or Coordinator approval. 

Spring Semester 1:

MB 585 (required; 3 credits)

MB 751 - Immunology (core course; 3 credits; offered spring only)

MBA 585 - Current Topics in Biosciences Management (required; 3 credits)

Summer semester 1:

Summer internship (students will register credits for the internship during the second fall semester)

Fall Semester 2:

MB 585 (required; 3 credits)

MB 620 (summer internship; 3 credits)

MBA course (3 credits; see recommended course listing below)

2 BIT or BEC courses (2 credits each; 4 credits total; see recommende course listing below)

Spring Semester 2

MB 590 - Topical Problems (required; 3 credits)

MBA course (3 credits)

Science elective course(s) (3-4 credits)

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS: 41-42


Recommended elective courses (click on the link for each section to see individual course descriptions)

Biochemistry (BCH) courses:

BCH 553 - Biochemistry of Gene Expression (3 credits; offered fall and spring)

BCH 555 - Proteins and Molecular Mechanisms (3 credits; offered spring only)

BCH 571 - Regulation of Metabolism (3 credits; offered fall only - alternate ODD years)

BCH 701 - Macromolecular structure (3 credits; offered fall only; prerequisite: BCH 553)

BCH 703 - Macromolecular Synthesis and Regulation (3 credits; offered fall only; prerequisite: BCH 553)

BCH 705 - Molecular Biology of the Cell (3 credits; offered spring only; prerequisite: BCH 701 or 703)

 

Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center (BEC) courses:

BEC 575 - Global Regulatory Affairs for Medical Products (3 credits; offered fall and spring) 

 

Biotechnology (BIT) courses:

BIT 501 - Ethical Issues in Biotechnology (1 credit; offered spring only)

BIT 565 - Real-Time PCR Technologies (2 credits; offered spring only)

BIT 567 - PCR DNA Fingerprinting (2 credits; spring only)

 

Comparative Biological Sciences (CBS) courses:

CBS 565 - Fundamentals of Biomedical Sciences (3 credits; offered fall only; consent on instructor required)

CBS 570 - Methods in Biomedical Sciences (1 credit; offered fall only)

CBS 754 - Principles of Analytical Epidemiology (3 credits; offered spring only - alternate years)

CBS 755 - Immunoparasitology (2 credits; offered spring only - alternate years)

CBS 760 - Molecular Techniques for Epidemiologic Investigation (3 credits; spring only; pre-requisite: introductory epidemiology course)

CBS 762 - Principles of Pharmacology (3 credits; offered spring only)

CBS 770 - Cell Biology (3 credits; offered spring only)

CBS 774 - Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases of International Importance (3 credits; offered fall only- alternate years)

 

Food Science (FS) courses:

FS 501 - Advanced Nutrition and Metabolism (3 credits; offered fall only)

FS 502 - Chemistry of Food and Bioprocessed Materials (4 credits; offered in fall only)

FS 540 - Food Safety and Public Health (3 credits; offered spring only)

FS 553 - Food Laws and Regulations (3 credits)

FS 555 - Exercise Nutrition (3 credits; offered spring only - alternate ODD years)

FS 557 - Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods (3 credits; offered fall only)

 

Genetics (GN) courses:

GN 513 - Advanced Genetics (3 credits; offered fall and spring)

GN 521 - Molecular Genetics (3 credits; offered fall and spring)

GN 541 - Human and Biomedical Genetics (3 credits; offered fall only)

GN 701 - Molecular Genetics (3 credits; offered fall only)

GN 730 - Functional Genetics and Physiology (3 credits; offered spring only - alternate years)

GN 735 - Functional Genomics (3 credits; offered spring only; prerequisite: GN 701)

 

Master of Business Administration (MBA) courses:

MBA 554 - Project Management (3 credit hours; offered fall and spring)

MBA 563 - Product and Brand Management (3 credits; offered in spring only)

MBA 570 - Managing the Growth Venture (4 credits; offered spring only)

MBA 576 - Technology Evaluation and Commercialization Concepts (4 credits; offered fall only)

MBA 577 - Technology Evaluation and Strategy (4 credits; offered spring only; MBA 576 is a pre-requisite)

MBA 586 - Legal and Marketing Dynamics in Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology (3 credits; offered in fall only)

MBA 590 - Special Topics in Business Management (3 credits)

 

Microbiology (MB) courses:

MB 505 - Food Microbiology (3 credits; offered in spring only)

MB 506 - Food Microbiology Lab (1 credit; offered in spring only; co-requisite: MB 505)

MB 535 - Bacterial Pathogenesis (3 credits; offered spring only)

MB 575 - Introduction to Mycology (4 credits; offered fall only - alternate years)

MB 718 - Introductory Virology (3 credits; offered fall only - alternate years)

MB 774 - Phycology (3 credits; offered spring only - alternate ODD years)

 

Statistics (ST) courses:

ST 511 - Experimental Statistics for Biological Sciences I (3 credits; offered fall and spring)

ST 512 - Experimental Statistics for Biological Sciences II (3 credits; offered fall and spring)

 

Toxicology (TOX) courses:

TOX 501 - Principles of Toxicology (4 credits; offered spring only)

TOX 701 - Fundamentals of Toxicology (3 credits; offered fall only)

TOX 704 - Chemical Risk Assessment (1 credit; pre-requisites: TOX 701, ST course)

TOX 705 - Immunotoxicology (2 credits; offered spring only; pre-requisite: TOX 701)

TOX 715 - Environmental Toxicology (3 credits; offered fall only)

TOX 725 - Pesticide Chemistry (1 credit; offered spring only)

TOX 727 - Pesticide Behavior and Fate in the Environment (2 credits; offered spring only)

TOX 771 - Cancer Biology (4 credits; offered fall only; pre-requisite: CBS 770)