Elective Courses

Students can choose from the following elective courses taken with graduate students in GMS.

GMS OH 740 Microbiology, 2nd semester

The overall goals of this course are to provide students with: (1) a basic background in microbiology, including the nomenclature, structure, physiology, genetics, mechanisms of pathogenesis, and clinical manifestations associated with the major pathogenic microorganisms (bacteria, fungi and viruses); (2) an understanding of how the basic principles of microbiology are integral to effective diagnosis, treatment and prevention of infectious disease, and (3) a basic background in immunology including the functions and disorders of the immune system.[ 4 cr.] This course is taken with the DMD I students.

GMS OH 770 Evidence Based Dentistry

Prereq: Consent of Instructor; must be in the Oral Health Sciences program.  This course consists of lectures and online modules as well as student presentations and discussion sessions. Topics will range from basic study design, research methodology and statistical analysis to dental ethics and critiques of evidence based research articles.  The focus will be on evidence based dentistry and both reasoning and critical thinking skills will be challenged.  Davies. 2 cr, Fall sem.

GMS OH 771  FUNDAMENTALS OF HEAD AND NECK ANATOMY

This course is a fundamental course in head and neck anatomy taught using a regional approach rather than the systems approach. We begin with the history and specialized terminology, then proceeding to anatomic concepts in the oral cavity, palate, and pharynx. We proceed with the osteology of the skull, then to regional anatomy, the brain, the spinal cord, and the cranial nerves with their associations to the autonomic nervous system and their distributions in the head and neck. Clinical considerations will also be incorporated. [3 cr]

GMS PA 600 INTRODUCTION TO PATHOLOGY

Lectures and discussion sessions presenting the basic morphologic and functional changes of major disease processes: cell injury and death, inflammation, cell and tissue response to microbial organisms, atherosclerosis, cancer, etc. [4cr]

GMS PM 730 – INTRODUCTION TO MEDICAL PHARMACOLOGY

Principles of pharmacology are covered and several major classes of therapeutic agents, with attention to their mechanisms of action. [4cr]

GMS MS 700 BIOSTATISTICS

This course introduces the concepts and techniques of biostatistics .[2cr]

GMS MS 585 INFECTIOUS DISEASES: Agents, Epidemiology, and Clinical Manifestations

Infectious Diseases course explores principles of infection, host factors, epidemiology, treatment, prevention, and clinical approach to infection of different organs and systems as well as basic description of medically important infectious agents, i.e. bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites. [4cr]

GMS CI 670  BIOSTATISTICS WITH COMPUTING

This course is designed for students with no prior experience with statistics who want to utilize computer software in performing statistical analysis. Topics include the collection, classification, and presentation of descriptive data; the rationale of hypothesis testing; t-tests and chi-square tests; correlation and regression analysis; sample size calculations, and analysis of contingency tables. Computer Laboratory course.  [4cr]

GMS MA 640: The Cultural Formation of the Clinician: Its Implications for Practice

This course will provide a context for exploring and reflecting on one’s own cultural formation in relation to such topics as gender, sexual orientation, race, class, religion, body size, and other areas where there are the greatest risks for health disparities through unexamined bias.  [3cr]

GMS MS 610: Ethico-legal Issues of Bioscience

This course examines evolving ethical and legal issues in medicine and genetics.  [4cr]

Students who are part of the Oral Health Sciences  program may also elect to take one or more courses available through the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences after discussion with their advisor.