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2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin

Department of Biomedical Sciences

College of Medicine

Web Page: http://med.fsu.edu/?page=biomedicalSciences.home

Chair: Richard Nowakowski; Professors: Blaber, Delp, Diaz, Galasko, Hurt, Kabbaj, Laywell, Levenson, Nowakowski, Olcese, Overton, Patrick, Ren, Romrell, Stefanovic, Y. Wang; Associate Professors: Arbeitman, Blackmon, Gunjan, Horabin, Kaplan, Kato, Kumar, C. Lee, Megraw, Stanwood, Zhou; Assistant Professors: Meckes, Pinto, Tomko, Y. Wang, Zhu; Eminent Scholar: Bhide; Research Faculty I: Bruck, Duclot, Graham, Jin, Kao, McCarthy, Nemec, Rodriguez, Vied, Wu, Zhang, Zorio; Research Faculty II: Bienkiewicz; Assistant in Medicine: Livingston; Associates in Research: Didier, Foster

Degrees Offered

The Department of Biomedical Sciences offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Biomedical Sciences.

The Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences (IMS) Bachelor of Science degree program designed to prepare students for work in healthcare. Departments in seven Colleges at FSU have partnered to provide the curriculum for the program: College of Arts and Sciences, College of Communication and Information, College of Human Sciences, College of Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Social Work, and the College of Social Science and Public Policy. The IMS degree is based on competencies thought to be fundamental for careers in the health professions. These competencies include communication skills, use and knowledge of technology, awareness and respect for the roles of members of the health care team, ability to navigate in the health care system, scientific knowledge, life-long learning skills, and critical thinking skills.

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Biomedical Sciences at the Florida State University College of Medicine is designed to train modern biomedical scientists who use genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics, and other contemporary approaches to address questions of developmental, cell, and molecular biology related to human health. The program is appropriate for students with majors in biochemistry, biology, or other health-related fields. Three broad areas of research are emphasized: development, neuroscience, and the molecular basis of human disease. Research rotations during the first year allow students to make an informed choice regarding the research area and major professor with whom they will conduct their PhD work. A core curriculum of the fundamentals, the choice of electives from other departments, and intellectual interaction with faculty and postdoctoral fellows encourage graduate students to mature into independent scientists.

Computer Skills Competency

All undergraduates at Florida State University must demonstrate basic computer skills competency prior to graduation. As necessary computer competency skills vary from discipline to discipline, each major determines the courses needed to satisfy this requirement. This requirement is satisfied through BSC 2010L Biological Sciences II Lab course.

Oral Communication Comeptency

Students must demonstrate the ability to orally transmit ideas and information clearly. This requirement may be met through appropriate high school speech training or with an approved college-level course.

Foreign Language Recommendation

To prepare for a role in the healthcare of Floridians, the College of Medicine recommends proficiency in Spanish through the intermediate level (2220) or sign language through the advanced (2614 or equivalent) level.

State Of Florida Common Program Prerequisites

The state of Florida has identified common program prerequisites for this University degree program. Specific prerequisites are required for admission into the upper-division program and must be completed by the student at either a community college or a state university prior to being admitted to this program. Students may be admitted into the University without completing the prerequisites, but may not be admitted into the program.

At the time this document was published, some common program prerequisites were being review by the state of Florida and may have been revised. Please visit https://dlss.flvc.org/admin-tools/common-prerequisites-manuals for a current list of state-approved prerequisites.

The following lists the common program perquisites or their substitutions, necessary for admission into this upper-division degree program:

  1. BSC X010, X010L Biological Science I and Lab
  2. BSC X011, X011L Biological Science II and Lab
  3. CHM X045, X045L General Chemistry I and Lab or equivalence
  4. CHM X046, X046L General Chemistry II and Lab or equivalence
  5. PSY X012
  6. MAC X105 College Algebra
  7. MAC X140 Pre-Calculus
  8. MAC X114 Trigonometry

Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences (BS)

Three majors, 1) Pre-Health Professions, 2) Community Patient Care, and 3) Health Management, Policy, and Information, are designed to prepare students either for further training in healthcare or direct entry into the healthcare workforce. Because of the rigorous science-based core all majors prepare students to take advantage of the many career options the healthcare field offers. The Pre-Health Professions major expands and develops the solid science foundation needed to apply to medical school, dental school, physician assistant training, and a number of other healthcare professions that require post baccalaureate training. The Community Patient Care major may select one of five options: Medical Spanish Interpreter, Developmental Disabilities, Child Welfare Practice, Gerontology/Aging Studies, or Public Health Navigation/Advocacy depending upon interest and the type of community they wish to work with. The Health Management, Policy, and Information major can choose an option in Health Information Technology or Public Health Administration and Policy. Working with the respective colleges and departments that offer them, students will have the option of earning certificates in the following areas: Medical Spanish Interpreter (College of Communication & Information), Developmental Disabilities (College of Communication and Information), Child Welfare Practice (College of Social Work), Gerontology/Aging Studies (College of Social Work), and Health Information Technology (College of Communication & Information).

Students must complete the core course requirements which meet the prerequisite requirements for entry into a post baccalaureate health professions training and education program and includes three to five one-credit hour experiential seminar courses that engage students with the challenges of healthcare in community, clinical, political, and research venues and can lead to a Capstone Course and submission of a scholarly report and experiential portfolio. A minimum of 256 pre-approved experiential learning hours are required before graduation.

The core includes:

  • (CHM 1045/L & 1046/L) General Chemistry I and II,
  • (BSC 2010/L & 2011/L) General Biological Sciences I & II,
  • (CHM 2XXX) Organic Chemistry,
  • (BCH 4053) Biochemistry,
  • (CHM 3120/L) Analytical Chemistry,
  • (PHY 2053/L & 2054/L) College Physics A & B,
  • Attend one (IHS XXXX) Health Science Seminar each year and complete a companion experiential assignment in a healthcare delivery setting, and
  • (IHS 4901) Medical Sciences Capstone.

Curriculum guides stating specific degree requirements for the undergraduate majors are available through the Office of Undergraduate Programs and through our Web site: http://med.fsu.edu/index.cfm?page=IMS.home

Minor Requirements

The required collateral courses in chemistry constitute a chemistry minor; however, the student may select other minors in consultation with an advisor.

Honors In The Major

Because healthcare is a broad field of study and practice and the IMS degree spans seven colleges and numerous departments, an Honors in the Major thesis can be completed in a variety of disciplines. The Honors in the Majors topics must be health related and approved by the IMS Honors Director for the College of Medicine.

The Thesis Director for Honors in the Major must be full-time tenured or tenure-track FSU faculty member appointed in one of the FSU colleges approved for the IMS majors and meet the Thesis Director requirements of the University Honors Program.

Honors in the Major requires junior standing, a 3.2 GPA on at least fifteen semester hours at FSU and all transfer work, and completion and defense of an honors thesis for six hours credit under the direction of a faculty committee. To graduate with honors is a worthwhile distinction. For more information, contact the IMS Honors Director, Dr. Elizabeth Foster, or the Honors Program office at (850) 644-1841.

Elective Courses

ANT 4462. Introduction to Medical Anthropology (3)

ANT 4468. Bones, Bodies, & Disease (3)

APK 2001. Medical and Scientific Terminology (3)

BCH 4054. General Biochemistry II (3)

BMS 4901r. DIS in Biomedical Sciences (1-4)

BMS 4XXX. Ethics and Professionalism in Healthcare (3)

BMS 4861. Multicultural Healthcare and Health Disparities (3)

BSC 2085. Anatomy and Physiology I (3)

BSC 2085L. Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory (1)

BSC 2086. Anatomy and Physiology II (3)

BSC 2086L. Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory (1)

BSC 3402L. Experimental Biology Laboratory (3)

BSC 4933r. Special Topics in Biological Science (3)

CHD 3243. Contexts of Adolescent Development (3)

CHM 4610. Inorganic Chemistry (3)

CHM 4610L. Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory (1)

CHM 4130. Advanced Analytical Chemistry (3)

CHM 4130L. Advanced Analytical Chemistry Laboratory (1)

CLP 3305. Clinical and Counseling Psychology (3)

CLP 4143. Abnormal Psychology (3)

DEP 4404. Psychology of Adult Development and Aging (3)

EAB 3703. Applied Behavior Analysis (3)

ECP 4530. Economics of Health (3)

EEX 4201. Typical & Atypical Development and Learning (3)

EEX 4770. Study of Human Exceptionality (3)

FAD 2230. Family Relationships: A Life Span Development Approach (3)

FAD 3343. Contexts of Adult Development and Aging (3)

FAD 4451. Human Sexuality Education (3)

FAD 4455. Family Life Education (3)

GEO 4450. Medical Geography (3)

HIS 3491. Medicine and Society (3)

HSC 4711. Wellness/Health Risk Reduction (3)

HSC 5930r. Special Topics in Social Science (1-3)

HUN 3403. Life Cycle Nutrition (3)

IFS 3037. Empowering Health Consumers in the eHealth Era (3)

IHS 4120. Frontiers in Medicine (3)

IHS 4XXX. Healthcare Advocacy and Patient Navigation (3)

IHS 4XXX. Creative Problem Solving and Framing Decisions (3)

IHS 4XXX. End of Life Care (3)

IHS 4XXX. Foundations for Community Health (3)

IHS 4XXX. Health Literacy & Educating the Health Consumer (3)

IHS 4XXX. Health Law (3)

LIS 4772. Introduction to Consumer Health Informatics (3)

LIS 4785. Introduction to Health Informatics (3)

LIS 4776. Advanced Health Informatics (3)

MCB 4403. Prokaryotic Biology (3)

MCB 4403L. Prokaryotic Biology Laboratory (2)

MHS 4001. The Human Services Profession (3)

NUR 3076. Communication in Healthcare (3)

PAD 4833. International and Comparative Disaster Management (3)

PAD 4844. Public Health and Emergency Management (3)

PAD 4372. Leadership and Communication in Emergency Management (3)

PCB 4701. Human Physiology (3)

PCB 3063. General Genetics (3)

PCB 3134. Cell Structure and Function (3)

PCB 3743. Vertebrate Physiology (3)

PCB 4024. Molecular Biology (3)

PCB 4233. Immunology (3)

PCB 4233L. Laboratory in Immunology (1)

PCB 4253. Developmental Biology (3)

PCB 4253L. Developmental Biology Laboratory (3)

PET 3322. Functional Anatomy and Physiology I (3)

PET 3322L. Functional Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory I (1)

PET 3323C. Functional Anatomy and Physiology II (4)

PET 4076. Physical Dimensions of Aging (4)

PHZ 4702. Biomedical Physics I (3)

PHZ 4703. Biomedical Physics II (3)

PSB 2000. Introduction to Brain and Behavior (3)

PSB 3004C. Physiological Psychology with Laboratory (4)

PUP 4931r. Special Topics in Public Policy (3)

PSY 4930r. Special Topics in Psychology (3)

REL 3180. Religion and Bioethics (3)

SOP 3004. Social Psychology (3)

SOW 4602. Social Work in Health Settings (3)

SOW 4615. Family Violence across the Life Span (3)

SOW 4645. Gerontological Social Work (3)

SOW 4650. Child Welfare Practice (3)

SOW 4658. Child Maltreatment and Child Welfare (3)

SOW 4702. Chemical Dependency Problems & Programs (3)

SYA 4932r. Tutorial in Sociology (3)

SYO 4400. Sociology of Health Care (3)

SYO 4402. Medical Sociology (3)

SYO 3100. Families and Social Change (3)

SYP 3000. Social Psychology of Groups (3)

SYP 3730. Aging and the Life Course (3)

URP 5521. Public Health Epidemiology (3)

ZOO 3713C. Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy (4)

ZOO 4753C. Histology (4)

Definition of Prefixes

BCH—Biochemistry

BMS—Biomedical Sciences

BSC—Biological Sciences

CHM—Chemistry

CLP—Clinical Psychology

DEP—Developmental Psychology

EAB—Experimental Analysis of Behavior

EEX—Education: Exceptional Child Core Competencies

ENT—Entrepreneurship

GEO—Geography: Systematic

GMS—Graduate Medical Sciences

HSC—Health Sciences

IHS—Interdisciplinary Health Sciences

ISS—Interdisciplinary Social Sciences

LIS—Library and Information Studies

MDU—Undergraduate Medicine Courses

NUR—Nursing

PAD—Public Administration

PHY—Physics

PUP—Public Policy

SOW—Social Work

SPA—Speech Pathology and Audiology

SPC—Speech Communication

SPN—Spanish Language

SYO—Sociological Organization

SYP—Social Processes

URP—Urban and Regional Planning

Undergraduate Courses

BMS 4861. Multicultural Health Care and Health Disparities (3). This course reviews the impact of culture and ethnicity on health, illness, and health care practices. The course exposes students interested in a career in health care to the challenges of providing care to a multicultural society through exposure to theory, evidence-based practices, and self-exploration through service learning with an underserved population.

BMS 4901r. DIS in Biomedical Sciences (1-4). Prerequisite: Instructor permission. Must have a combined GPA of 3.0 in biology, chemistry, and physics coursework. This directed individual study course in biomedical sciences offers a unique opportunity for undergraduate students to perform research in the biomedical science laboratories in the College of Medicine. Students perform special supervised study or research in the area of the faculty member's research. An oral presentation and a final report of the research in the format of a short scientific publication is required. May be repeated to a maximum of fifteen semester hours.

IHS 4120. Frontiers in Medicine (3). This course aims to provide advanced undergraduate students the opportunity to gain an understanding of common human disease conditions through a highly interactive set of learning activities. We recommend that students have taken physiology, genetics and biochemistry. Examples of topics covered include heart failure, cancer, diabetes, depression and Alzheimer's disease.

ISS 4304. Contemporary Social Problems (3). This course is designed to introduce the benefits and methods of interdisciplinary research and study. This course uses multiple and interrelated perspectives to identify and explore social issues and problems. Students are guided through the process of building interdisciplinary perspectives to maximize cognitive skills, critical thinking and problem solving skills.

MDU 1000. Careers in Medicine: Preparation to Practice (1). (S/U grade only.) This course is intended for all undergraduates who are seriously considering a career in medicine. Students learn how to successfully prepare for the academic, personal, and professional rigors of medical school and for a career in medicine. Students are encouraged to take this course early in their undergraduate years, so they can pursue the appropriate academic coursework, volunteer, and earn medical experience that will help them become successful medical school applicants and health professionals.

Required Core Courses for the Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences Degree

BCH 4053. General Biochemistry I (3). Prerequisite: CHM 2211 with a grade of "C-" or better. This course is the first course required for biochemistry majors; the course is also recommended for other majors who intend to study advanced biochemistry. Topics covered include protein structure, protein function, membranes, enzyme catalysis, bioenergetics, carbohydrate metabolism, and lipid metabolism.

BSC 2010. Biological Science I (3). This course is the first part of a two-semester introductory biology course designed for those interested in pursuing a career in life sciences. The course provides the building blocks necessary for a student to gain a strong foundation in general biology. Topics covered provide an overview of biological processes and function at the molecular, cellular and organismal level.

BSC 2010L. Biological Science I Laboratory (1). Pre- or corequisite: BSC 2010. This course introduces basic chemistry, energetics, metabolism, and cellular organization; molecular genetics and information flow; animal and plant function.

BSC 2011. Biological Science II (3). Prerequisite: BSC 2010. This is the second of a two-semester introductory biology course designed for those interested in pursuing a career in life sciences. The course provides an overview of the processes underlying the animal embryonic development, inheritance genetics, evolution and ecology.

BSC 2011L. Biological Science II Lab (1). Prerequisites: BSC 2010 and BSC 2010L. Corequisite: BSC 2011. This course focuses on reproduction and development, transmission (Mendelian) genetics, population biology, ecology, and evolution.

CHM 1045. General Chemistry I (3). Prerequisite: MAC 1105 with a grade of "C-" or higher or placement beyond MAC 1105. This course includes topics such as chemical symbols, formulas, and equations; states of matter; reactivity in aqueous solution; electronic structure, bonding, and molecular geometry. Students taking CHM 1045 after taking CHM 1020 and/or CHM 1032 may register for reduced credit, as indicated in the department's policy on reduced credit.

CHM 1045L. General Chemistry I Laboratory (1). Prerequisite: MAC 1105 with a grade of "C-" or higher or placement beyond MAC 1105. Corequisite: CHM 1045. This laboratory offers an introduction to quantitative techniques and to the chemical laboratory. Topics include stoichiometry, atomic spectra, gases, as well as acids and bases.

CHM 1046. General Chemistry II (3). Prerequisite: CHM 1045 or CHM 1050 with a grade of "C-" or higher. This course includes topics such as intermolecular forces, chemical kinetics, equilibrium, acids and bases, elementary thermodynamics, and electrochemistry.

CHM 1046L. General Chemistry II Laboratory (1). Prerequisites: CHM 1045 and CHM 1045L or CHM 1050 and CHM 1050L. Corequisite: CHM 1046. This laboratory offers an introduction to quantitative techniques and to the chemical laboratory. Topics include intermolecular forces, solutions, kinetics, equilibria, acids and bases, buffers, solubility, thermodynamics and electrochemistry.

CHM 2210. Organic Chemistry I (3). Prerequisites: CHM 1046 and CHM 1046L, each with a grade of "C-" or better. Students who complete CHM 1045 or CHM 1050 with a grade of "B" or better and have instructor permission may take this course simultaneously with either CHM 1046 or CHM 1051. This course is the first in a sequence of courses for chemistry majors, premedicine students, biologists, or any other majors requiring a good background in organic chemistry, the course covers the fundamentals of structure and chemical behavior of organic molecules.

CHM 3120. Analytical Chemistry I (3). Prerequisites: CHM 1046 and 1046L, each with a grade of "C-" or better. This first course in analytical chemistry covers statistical analysis of analytical data, acid-base equilibria, acid-based titrations, electrochemistry, analytical separations, as well as atomic and molecular optical spectroscopy.

CHM 3120L. Analytical Chemistry I Lab (1). Corequisite: CHM 3120 This course is the laboratory portion of Analytical Chemistry I. Experiments include: potentiometric titration of acid mixtures, spectrophotometric determination of pH, spectrophotometric determination of iron in drinking water, lithium by flame emission, fluoride ion-selective electrodes, copper in metal alloys by liquid-liquid extraction, and quantitative analysis of hydrocarbons by gas chromatography.

IHS 2121r. Introduction to Explorations in Medical Sciences (1-2). This seminar for IMS majors provides students information on critical issues in healthcare, the health professions, various roles of the healthcare team, and activities that help students explore their career interests and goals. The course prepares students for volunteer experiences in a variety of healthcare venues. May be repeated to a maximum of two semester hours.

IHS 3122. Introduction to Medical Sciences (1). For this course, students identify a health care setting and a particular issue in the health professions to explore through shadowing, visits, or volunteer work. This seminar provides students information on critical issues in healthcare, health professions, various roles of the healthcare team, and includes activities that help students explore their career interests and goals and identify and articulate personal motivations for pursuing a healthcare career.

IHS 3931r. Inquiry in Research Seminar (1). In this course, students research and draft an initial proposal for their senior capstone project to include background and context, stakeholders, questions and issues, an analysis of the topic, and a research question. Students work with IMS faculty, faculty in affiliated FSU academic units, and/or preceptors in the field to identify and design the Capstone project. May be repeated to a maximum of three semester hours.

IHS 4901. Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences Capstone Course (3). This course enables students to demonstrate their ability to integrate coursework, knowledge, skills, and experiential learning with broad mastery of knowledge and skills across the curriculum to enhance further career advancement and employability. Students are required to submit two major written documents by the end of the course—the Capstone project report and an analytical essay based upon experiences and interactions with healthcare providers, volunteers, patients, or clients in their experiential venues.

PHY 2053C. College Physics A (4). Prerequisites: MAC 1114 and MAC 1140 with grades of "C-" or better or suitable mathematics placement examination score. Corequisite: PHY 2053L. This course is the first semester of a two-semester sequence for life-sciences students and is intended to provide a general knowledge of the basic concepts of physics relating to mechanics, energy, gravity, rotational motion, fluids, heat, thermodynamics, vibrations and waves. Physics is based on problem solving and this class involves both solving word problems and performing laboratory exercises. The level of mathematical skill necessary to complete this course is a strong proficiency with algebra (especially word problems) and trigonometric functions; calculus is not used.

PHY 2053L. College Physics A Laboratory (0).

PHY 2054C. College Physics B (4). Prerequisite: PHY 2053C or PHY 2048C. Corequsiite: PHY 2054L This course is an introduction to electromagnetism, light, and modern physics for non-physical science majors. Two lectures, one recitation, and one laboratory each week. Students who have previously received credit for PHY 2049C may not register for PHY 2054C.

PHY 2054L. College Physics B Laboratory (0).

Required Major Courses

Pre-Health Professions Major. Required coursework will depend upon the specific post-baccalaureate training program the student plans to apply to, i.e. medicine, dentistry, physician's assistant, veterinary medicine, optometry, etc. Courses are found in the Major Electives section. Students in this major must take at least two upper level science courses and two upper level non-science courses in addition to the pre-requisites for the health professions program they wish to enter.

Community Patient Care Major. Students in this major must take at least two upper level science courses in addition to the required courses in the option selected.

Medical Spanish Interpreter Option Required Courses

IHS 4943. Medical Interpreter Practicum (9). (S/U grade only.) Prerequisites: ADV 3410, BMS 4861, SPC 4710, SPN 4420, and SPN 4930. This course is a supervised internship at a College of Medicine clinical site. Students work with healthcare providers providing translation services between patients and healthcare providers.

SPC 2730. Global Perspectives: Communication (3). This course gives students an introduction to the basic processes of intercultural communication from a global perspective with a goal of increasing their curiosity and acceptance of other cultures.

SPC 4710. Interracial/Intercultural Communication (3). This course is an exploration of interracial and intercultural communication and the philosophies that underlie the concept.

SPN 4036. Spanish Medical Interpreting (3). Prerequisite: SPN 3300 or SPN 3350. This course is designed to provide Spanish speaking students with training in medical terminology, cultural issues in medicine, and healthcare interpreting skills.

SPN 4420. Advanced Spanish Composition and Translation (3). Prerequisites: SPN 3300 and SPN 3400. This course stresses composition in Spanish with less emphasis on translation from Spanish into English. For students with prior knowledge of essential points of Spanish grammar.

Developmental Disabilities Option Required Courses

EAB 3703. Applied Behavior Analysis (3). This course introduces the basic principles of behavior and exposes students to settings where techniques based on learning theory can be used therapeutically.

EEX 4201. Typical and Atypical Development and Learning (3). This course examines typical and atypical learning and development throughout the lifespan.

EEX 4770. Study of Human Exceptionality (3). This course increases learner knowledge and awareness of the characteristics and needs of people with exceptionalities, and acquaints learners with the resources, issues, and trends related to appropriately meeting these needs.

SPA 2001. Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders (3). This introductory course provides an overview of human communication disorders with a focus on the neuroanatomic, acoustic, biological, psychological, developmental, and linguistic principles underlying human communication disorders. It also provides an overview of the field of speech-language pathology and audiology with an emphasis on the scientific aspects of clinical assessment and rehabilitation of clients. Intended for non-majors.

SPA 4556r. Practicum in Developmental Disabilities (3). (S/U grade only.) This course is designed to provide a field experience for undergraduate students to gain an understanding of the services available to help people with developmental disabilities. May be repeated to a maximum of six semester hours.

Child Welfare Practice Option Required Courses

SOW 4615. Family Violence across the Lifespan (3). This course provides an ecological perspective emphasizing the interconnections between individuals experiencing violence and their social environments. Emphasis is placed upon broad coverage of all-important aspects of child abuse, incest, intimate partner violence, rape, and elder abuse. This course is appropriate for students who wish to gain skill in detecting and responding to incest situations for clients, sexual assault survivors, and victims of intimate partner violence or elder abuse.

SOW 4650. Child Welfare Practice (3). This course provides a framework of values, knowledge and skills necessary to practice with vulnerable children and their families. The major focus is on social work in public child welfare in the State of Florida. The course utilizes an ecosystem perspective for understanding and assessing the special needs of at-risk children and families. Specific attention is on assessing families and children using the State of Florida's Safety Decision Making Method and other family assessment instruments.

SOW 4658. Child Maltreatment and Child Welfare (3). This course provides students with knowledge and skills related to the theory, research, and implications of child and adolescent maltreatment for child development and psychopathology. Course content is presented within the context of child welfare practice and social work with children and adolescents in public agencies and programs. Particular attention is given to common psychological disorders that result from maltreatment and accompanying treatment issues. Issues related to individuals, families, groups, and communities are covered and attention is given to working with ethnic minorities, women, gays and lesbians, and persons with disabilities. Particular attention is given to federal and state child welfare statutes including Chapter 39, Florida statutes including the Adoption and Safe Families Act and the range of services provided by the Department of Children and Families and other agencies.

SOW 4702. Chemical Dependency Problems and Programs (3). This course covers the etiology and epidemiology of drug abuse, physiological and behavioral consequences of drug abuse, treatment approaches, and major policies and programs. Special attention is directed toward drug use in special populations, such as women, racial and ethnic minorities, gays and lesbians, persons with disabilities, and the elderly.

Gerontology/Aging Studies Option Required Courses

DEP 4404. Psychology of Adult Development and Aging (3). Prerequisite: PSY 2012. This course focuses on the study of the major psychological issues of adulthood and aging, including age-related changes in psychological, social, and physical functioning; interpersonal and family relationships; career development and retirement; mental and physical health; death and bereavement; and coping with the process of aging.

SOW 4510r. Undergraduate Field Instruction (6-12). (S/U grade only.) Prerequisite: A 3.0 GPA in social work courses and completion of all required social work courses and prerequisites. Corequisite: SOW 4522. In this course, supervised direct social work experience is provided in various human service settings. May be repeated to a maximum of twelve semester hours.

SOW 4602. Social Work in Health Settings (3). This course focuses on social work practice in health settings from a "person-in-environment" perspective, preparing students with an understanding of the roles that social workers play in health settings, the structure of health care delivery systems, organizational and professional ethics and standards, challenges we face in health care policy, and patient issues and how to help to address these issues. Specific knowledge and skills in a health care setting are addressed, including biopsychosocial assessments, chart documentation, treatment planning, and discharge planning.

SOW 4645. Gerontological Social Work (3). This course introduces students to social gerontology and gerontological social work. Topics cover the demography of aging and the physical, cognitive, and psychosocial aspects of aging; social and health care policies that impact older persons, their caregivers, and the aging network of services; the impact of ageism, sexism, racism, able-bodyism, beautism, and homophobia on our work with older people; as well as the promotion of dignity, self-determination, and socio-economic justice for older people.

SYP 3730. Aging and the Life Course (3). This course explores how changing life course patterns have influenced retirement, health care, politics, and family structure. It also considers the policy choices that have to be made in the twenty-first century as the baby boom generation reaches retirement age.

Patient Health Navigation/Advocacy Option Required Courses

BMS 4861. Multicultural Health Care and Health Disparities (3). This course reviews the impact of culture and ethnicity on health, illness, and health care practices. The course exposes students interested in a career in health care to the challenges of providing care to a multicultural society through exposure to theory, evidence-based practices, and self-exploration through service learning with an underserved population.

CLP 3305. Clinical and Counseling Psychology (3). Prerequisite: PSY 2012. This course is a survey of the theory, research, and treatment procedures in the clinical process.

NUR 3076. Communication in Health Care (3). Prerequisite: ENC 1101. This course examines various communication patterns basic to individual and group relationships. Course emphasizes the development of interactive skills paramount to effective communication with individuals and groups involved with health care issues. It provides an opportunity for the validation of oral communication and a range of public speaking experiences especially related to health care.

PUP 4604. Health Services Organization and Policy (3). This course examines the development of health policy and its practice in American health organizations. Topics include costs, prices, and expenditures, insurance, programs (Medicare, Medicaid, SCHIP, and long-term care), and reforms in the American system.

Health Management, Policy, and Information Major Students in his major must take at least two upper level science courses in addition to the required courses in the selected option.

Health Information Technology Option Required Courses

LIS 4772. Introduction to Consumer Health Informatics (3). This course explores the design and use of emerging technologies for health promotion and disease prevention, and for supporting the treatment and management of chronic illnesses. It promotes an interdisciplinary and user-centered approach for developing applications for health consumers. Students learn how to assess users' information needs, competencies, and health behaviors in order to develop accessible and effective solutions. They also study issues and concerns influencing adoption of these technologies at different levels.

LIS 4776. Advanced Health Informatics (3). Prerequisite: LIS 4785. This course builds and extends the foundations presented in LIS 4785, while introducing practical solutions for the health IT professional. Students apply IT knowledge to address real-life problems in the medical community. The course provides students with a solid practical set of skills to enter the health industry.

LIS 4785. Introduction to Health Informatics (3). This course presents how theory and practice in health care, strategy, information technology, communications, and law are integrated in the management and delivery of health care in various situations. Focus is on the emerging specialization in the health-care industry that combines expertise in health care, information technology, and information management.

LIS 4940r. Internship in Information Technology (1-6). (S/U grade only.) Prerequisite: instructor permission. This course provides students with opportunities to test theory in practice and to gain work experience in a real information technology environment. Specifically, students work under the guidance and supervision of a professional in an organization that provides information technology services. May be repeated to a maximum of six semester hours.

NUR 3076. Communication in Health Care (3). Prerequisite: ENC 1101. This course examines various communication patterns basic to individual and group relationships. Course emphasizes the development of interactive skills paramount to effective communication with individuals and groups involved with health care issues. It provides an opportunity for the validation of oral communication and a range of public speaking experiences especially related to health care.

Public Health Administration & Policy Option Required Courses

GEO 1330. Environmental Science (3). This course explores the causes of local and global environmental problems and their impacts, including resource use, pollution, ecosystems, and population growth.

HSC 5930r. Special Topics in Social Science (1-3). Interdisciplinary special topics of current interest or utilizing special competencies of faculty. Content varies from semester to semester. May be repeated with the permission of the Director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Social Sciences.

PAD 4844. Public Health and Emergency Management (3). This course is designed to provide an overview of international public health events that have either evolved into disasters, or are born of disasters. In addition, this course looks at preventing and preparing for public health disasters. A variety of threats and case studies are reviewed with an evaluation of future threats. Additionally, epidemiology and the discovery and reporting of events are reviewed.

PUP 4931r. Special Topics in Public Policy (3). Prerequisite: PUP 3002. This course studies policy alternatives and the policy-making process on a specific contemporary policy question in America, e.g., science research and development, energy, regulation, taxes, environment. Varies with the instructor and semester. May be repeated to a maximum of nine semester hours.

SYO 4402. Medical Sociology (3). This course explains why and how social structure influences the distribution of health and illness and illustrates how the medical care system is organized and responds.

URP 5521. Public Health Epidemiology (3). The course covers selected information, concepts, and methods from the field of epidemiology, with emphasis on the methods by which risk factors are identified and evaluated as potential causes of health-related events. The course is geared toward providing students with a basic understanding of epidemiology, its role as the foundation for public health, and how it is practiced.

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HSC 5930r. Special Topics in Social Science (1-3). Interdisciplinary special topics of current interest or utilizing special competencies of faculty. Content varies from semester to semester. May be repeated with the permission of the Director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Social Sciences.

Graduate Courses

BMS 5081. Introduction to Clinical Ethics (2).

BMS 5082. Ethics in the Clinical Setting (4–6).

BMS 5122. Insights into Human Congenital and Developmental Disorders (3).

BMS 5185r. Research Opportunities in Biomedical Sciences (1–4).

BMS 5186C. Research Techniques in Biomedical Sciences (2–4).

BMS 5525. Bioregulation (4).

BMS 5862. Multicultural Health Care and Health Disparities (3).

BMS 5905r. Directed Independent Study in Biomedical Sciences (1–12).

BMS 5935r. Advanced Topics in Biomedical Sciences (1–2).

BMS 6900r. Directed Individual Study in Biomedical and Clinical Sciences (2–9).

BMS 6936r. Seminar in Biomedical Sciences (1–2).

ENT 5626. Biomedical Entrepreneurism (3).

GMS 5095r. Modeling Human Disease (3).

GMS 5098. Critical Review of the Scientific Literature (1–2). (S/U grade only.)

GMS 5222r. Chromatin Structure, Epigenetics and Human Health (3).

GMS 5303. Molecular Mechanism of Common Human Diseases (3).

GMS 5304. RNA Silencing and Disease (3).

GMS 5905r. Directed Individual Study (1–3).

GMS 6001r. Special Topics in Biomedical Sciences (1–3).

GMS 6097Cr. Biomedical Sciences Research (3).

IHS 5503r. Proposal Development (1).

IHS 5515. Ethics and Professional Integrity in Research (1).

IHS 5905r. Directed Individual Study in Health Sciences (1–12).

IHS 5906r. Directed Individual Study in Medical Sciences (1–12).

IHS 5933. Seminar on Medical Science Education (1).

IHS 5935r. Health Sciences Seminar (1).

IHS 5945r. Supervised Teaching (1–5).

For listings relating to graduate coursework for thesis, dissertation, and master's and doctoral examinations and defense, consult the Graduate Bulletin.