Courses (Core Curriculum)

Clinical Dermatology

  • Supervised clinical exposure to patients, followed by group discussion and individual student presentations (four to six sessions per week over 2 year period), and weekly seminars.

Clinical-Pathologic Correlations

  • Weekly seminar to discuss differential diagnosis of clinical photographs and correlation with histologic slides.

Basic Dermatopathology

  • Histologic features of inflammatory dermatoses and common tumors, with emphasis on distinctive patterns and processes. This is accomplished through lectures, seminars and guided interpretation of histologic slides.

Diagnostic Dermatopathology

  • The trainee will be given daily a set of histopathologic slides (10-15) which will be discussed on a multihead scope with the faculty.

Structure and Function of the Skin

Weekly seminar covering anatomy, cellular and molecular biology and genetics of skin and skin diseases, including:

  • histology of normal skin, regional variations
  • biochemistry of the epidermis and dermis
  • basement membrane zone
  • epidermal cell proliferation
  • appendages
  • dermal vessels and nerves
  • mast cells
  • Langerhans cells
  • melanocytes
  • pigmentation

Cutaneous Microbiology

Weekly seminar covering:

  • review of normal flora of the skin and its physiologic role bacterial diseases
  • mycology
  • skin diseases due to fungi
  • parasitic disorders
  • anti-microbial therapy
  • emphasis on diseases in the tropics

Sexually Transmitted Diseases and AIDS

Weekly seminar covering:

  • pathogenesis
  • clinical features
  • treatment
  • epidemiology and prevention.


Weekly seminar covering:

  • principles of light-tissue interactions
  • effects of UV light on normal skin
  • photodermatoses
  • photoprotection
  • phototherapy

Dermatologic Surgery

Lectures and hands-on instructions covering:

  • principles
  • techniques – procedures, instruments, sutures
  • principles and use of lasers in dermatology
  • principles and use of cosmetic intervention in dermatologic practice

Doctorate Program Coursework

 While students enrolled in the Doctorate Program will continue coursework in clinical dermatology with direct patient contact and in classroom settings, a major portion of the third and fourth year of this program is devoted to original clinical and/or laboratory-based independent research under the guidance of a faculty member to fulfill a rigorous thesis requirement. This includes literature review, experimental design, publication(s) of research findings in peer-reviewed journals, and writing of a high-quality thesis. In addition, 8 credits of coursework at the Boston University School of Public Health are required. All students who are not previously formally trained in statistical methodology are strongly advised to take at least one statistics course offered by the School of Public Health, as competence in statistical analysis of research date is required.

Sample Courses Available at Boston University School of Public Health (8 credits required for DSc program)

  • EB 701 Elementary Biostatics
  • EB 702 Introduction to Statistical Computing
  • EB 703 Intermediate Biostatistics
  • EB 711 Epidemiology
  • EB 712 Epidemiologic Methods
  • HS 717 International Health
  • GMS CI 675 Designing Clinical Research Studies
  • MET CS 101 Computers and Their Application
  • MED BT 101 Microcomputing for Laboratory Scientists
  • MET HC 300 Health and Society