Required Courses

BU-TPID students from all Departments are required to take the core courses (1-5) below.  In addition, Molecular Medicine Students will be required to take part in (6); Biomedical Engineering in (7); Microbiology in (8); and Pathology students in (9). Required courses for Departments not listed above will be developed with the Graduate Director of the respective Departments.  Representative course syllabuses for the course listed below are provided in the following websites: ( and ).

1. Comprehensive Immunology (GMS MI 713, 4 credits):  This course is a comprehensive introduction to immunologic principals and applications.  Emphasis is placed on analysis and interpretation of data from the primary literature.

2. Immunological Basis of Disease (GMS MI 715; 4 credits): This course is an in depth analysis of historically significant and contemporary topics in cellular and molecular immunology with a focus on immunologically based diseases. Emphasis is placed on the in-class discussion of research papers.

3. Biochemistry I (GMS MS 755, 4 credits): This is the basic survey course that covers fundamental concepts of molecular biology and protein chemistry.

4. Inflammatory Diseases and Therapeutics (GMS MM 2 credits): This course examines modalities that have been used to alter inflammation to either enhance the process to aid in protection from pathology, or to minimize inflammatory responses to treat sequelae associated with an over-exuberant immune response. This course will examine common mechanisms of inflammatory processes with regard to disease induction, and to interventions to prevent or alleviate these inflammatory disorders.

5. Pathology Driven by Inflammation (GMS PA801 credits): This course  examines selected topics in the role that chronic inflammation plays in the pathology of disease including the key cellular components of specific diseases, inflammatory mediators and their mechanisms of action, inflammation-induced fibrosis and tissue destruction and the resolution of inflammation.

6. Genetics and Epidemiology of Human Diseases (GMS MM701, 4 credits):  This course covers fundamentals of the genetics of common human diseases and discusses examples of epidemiological approaches to study human disease.

7. Molecular Bioengineering (ENG BE505, 4 credits):   This course is an engineering science based introduction to the building blocks of living cells and materials for biotechnology.  Throughout the course, detailed structural and energetic properties of molecules are emphasized.

8. Concepts in Microbiology (GMS MI 700, 4 credit): This course provides a fundamental understanding of the world of microbes and the concepts and mechanisms involved as microbes adapt in changing environments.

9. Basic and Experimental Pathology (GMS PA 700, 6 credits):  This course provides an overview of the basic principles of Pathology through a lecture format.  Topics include acute and chronic inflammation, pathology of auto-immunity, cancer immunology, and wound healing.

In addition, BU-TPID students will be required to take at least 12 credits from the list of electives that are currently offered to students in the Medicine (Molecular Medicine), Biomedical Engineering, Microbiology and Pathology Departments.