Hybrid Master of Science in Biomedical Technology Curriculum


Hybrid MSBT Curriculum

  • 2 years

Proposed curriculum for MSBT online degree:

  • Genes to disease part I - 3 credits
  • Genes to disease part II - 3 credits
  • Techniques in Biomedical Technology I - 3 credits
  • Techniques in Biomedical Technology II - 3 credits
  • Research Data Analysis - 3 credits
  • Scientific Integrity - 2 credits                                                      
  • Lab management and regulatory affairs - 2 credits

Total: 19 credit hours (graduate)

  • Technical Apprenticeship - 5 credits
  • Technical Apprenticeship - 5 credits
  • Technical Apprenticeship - 5 credits
  • Technical Apprenticeship - 5 credits
  • Biomedical Technology Culminating Project (no credit requirement)

Total: 20 credit hours (graduate)

Total to degree completion: 39 credit hours


Program Educational Objectives

Knowledge

  1. Develop a broad knowledge of biomedical sciences and human disease in scholarly discussions and collaborations with colleagues across biomedical science.
  2. Develop a broad understanding of core technologies needed for the support of research in biomedical sciences.
  3. Develop a deep knowledge of more specific biomedical technologies to provide expert solutions to a focused range of biomedical problems.

Skills

  1. Use critical analysis to develop and test hypotheses, design experiments, and interpret solutions.
  2. Use oral, written, and verbal skills to effectively communicate with a broad range of scientists and other stakeholders.
  3. Apply quality assurance standards consistent with accepted statistical analysis techniques.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to engage a team of peer experts in scholarly, interdisciplinary investigations.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to accurately record and manage data as appropriate to the discipline.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to organize and lead research projects to effectively achieve goals and objectives of research in the biomedical sciences

Attitudes

  1. Demonstrate a commitment to the highest scientific standards and ethical conduct of research.
  2. Demonstrate a commitment to the ongoing integration of new and emerging technologies in biomedical research.

 

Genes to Disease I (3 credit hours, PhD, MSBR, MSBT core)

The first of two sequential courses that describe the basic biology behind the technologies.  Students will determine gene sequence or mutations and the basic chemistry behind this determination.  They will receive comprehensive understanding of how genes produce proteins and how the process works and is controlled.  Topics in Biochemistry and Genetics will be introduced as well as a description for which technologies are available to detect changes and/or differences in genes, RNA, proteins, pathways, and tissues.

Genes to Disease II (3 credit hours, PhD, MSBR, MSBT core)

The second of two sequential courses that describe the basic biology behind the technologies.  Students will determine gene sequence or mutations and the basic chemistry behind this determination.  Students will learn a comprehensive understanding of how genes produce proteins and how the process works and is controlled.  Topics in Biochemistry and Genetics will be introduced as well as a description for which technologies are available to detect changes and/or differences in genes, RNA, proteins, pathways, and tissues.

Laboratory Management and Regulatory Affairs (2 credit hours, PhD, MSBR, MSBT elective)

This course is designed to cover best practices in laboratory management and a comprehensive overview of regulatory affairs.  Regulatory affairs comprise the rules and regulations that govern product development and post-approval marketing.  In the U.S., the FDA establishes and oversees applicable regulations under several statutes and partnership with legislators, patients, and customers.  Biotechnology products may be classified as drugs, biologics, or medical devices.  Each type is regulated by a different center within the FDA.  This course provides an overview of regulatory affairs and their effect on product development.  Topics include regulatory history, regulatory agencies, how to access regulatory information, drug submissions, biologics submissions, medical device submissions, GLP, GCP, GMP, and FDA inspection.

Scientific Integrity (2 credit hours, PhD, MSBR, MSBT core)                                                                                    

This course is designed to cover contemporary ethical issues at the interface of science and ethics and the professional expectations of scientists in the responsible conduct of scientific research.  Topics include Methods & Mandates, Scientific Records, Authorship and Peer Review, Intellectual Property, Conflicting Interests, Human and Animal Experimentation, and Genetic Technology.  Didactic tasks involve student exercises, discussion leadership, analyses of cases, case presentation, and report writing.  Prerequisites: Enrollment in an MSM degree program or permission of the course director. Fall. Letter Grade. Course Director: Jonathan Stiles, Ph.D.

Techniques in Biomedical Technology I (3 Credit hours; PhD, MSBR, MSBT core)

The main objective of this course is to develop scientific writing and critical thinking skills necessary for scientific research.  Students will learn skills to improve their ability to write clearly and logically and to critically analyze and communicate their opinions by both oral and written presentations.  Students will be evaluated by a series of written exercises.  A critical thinking pre- and post- test will be given to assess progress.  Prerequisites: Enrollment in an MSM degree program or permission of the program administration Fall. Letter Grade. Course Director: Gale Newman, Ph.D.

Techniques in Biomedical Technology II (3 credit hours, MSMS core)                                                                  

Part two of a comprehensive review of current techniques in biotechnology research and applications. The development and use of some of the techniques are placed in historical context. Discussion covers techniques used in genomics, transcriptomics, and proteomics and the applications of these techniques. Current plant and animal transformation methods are explained. High throughput technologies, including sequencing, real time RT-PCR, SAGE, and microarrays, are also explored. Topics also include therapeutic applications of biotechnology, such as gene therapy, stem cell technology, and RNA interference. Emerging technologies in this field are introduced.

Research Data Analysis (3 credit hours; PhD, MSBR, MSBT core)                                                                           

This course guides graduate students through the application of statistical and graphical methods for biomedical data analysis and presentation based on their projected needs for graduate research.  Readily available statistical and graphical software (GraphPad Prism and Microsoft Excel) will be used for data analysis.  The course involves a blend of didactic lectures and practical application sessions to apply appropriate techniques to research data from student projects.  Prerequisites: Enrollment in an MSM degree program or permission of the course directors and program administration. Fall. Letter Grade. Course Directors: Ward Kirlin, Ph.D. and Gale Newman, Ph.D.

Technical Apprenticeship, Minimum of four 8-week internships, 4.5 credit hours each; MSBT core)

These 8-week apprenticeships involve full time work in service laboratories. MSBT students are required to complete GEBS 625-628. Three of these internships must be in MSM core research laboratories. The fourth or even a fifth (GEBS 629) or sixth (GEBS 630) may be offsite at another institution or company. Each apprenticeship must culminate in a written summary including detailed experimental protocols for the work performed. Prerequisites: Completion of the MSBT core curriculum including lab rotations, approval of the student's Technical Advisor, the host laboratory supervisor, and course director. Fall and Spring. Pass/Fail. Course Director: Michael Powell, Ph.D.

 

*Both programs are pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Executive MPH is pending approval from Council on Education for Public Health.