Engineering/Medical Integrated Curriculum (ENGMEDIC)
An ENGMEDIC Information Session will be held on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 from 1-2pm in ERB, 44 Cummington Street, Room 203.The 2013 APPLICATION DEADLINE IS FRIDAY MARCH 8, 2013.
Program requirements can be found on the BU Bulletins site here.
Course Descriptions for 2012 - 2013*
A. MEDICAL SCIENCES
GMS AN 722. Cellular Organization of Tissues. Prereq: consent of MMEDIC Director, Room B-2, CAS. Study of the basic types of tissues, followed by application to understanding the cellular organization of organs, and the anatomical basis for their function. Emphasis is on functional morphology at the light and electron microscope levels. Basic concepts in embryology and pathology are introduced where relevant. Computer-based virtual microscopy in laboratory exercises and discussions supplements companion lectures. This course is an introductory version of MS123 Medical Histology. All students are required to have a laptop computer that meets BUSM standards. Fall semester. 4 credits.
GMS BI 751. Biochemistry and Cell Biology. Prereq: Organic Chemistry and consent of MMEDIC Director, Room B-2, CAS. Basic principles and concepts of medical school-level biochemistry and cell biology in a one-semester course. Topics include protein structure and function; mechanisms of enzyme action; nutrition and metabolism; membrane structure and receptor signaling; cell cycle regulation; DNA and RNA structure and function; regulation of gene expression and techniques in molecular medicine. Clinical correlations are provided throughout the course. Fall semester. 6 credits. (May complete equivalency to MED Biochemistry and Cell Biology if course exists in School of Medicine curriculum.)
GMS BN 779 Beginning Basic Neurosciences. Prereq: consent of MMEDIC Director, Room B-2, CAS. Overview to include neurophysiology, neurochemistry, neuroanatomy, neurobehavior, and neuro-psychopharmacology. Processes occurring at the cellular and physiological levels are related to known central nervous system dysfunction. May not be taken concurrently with GMS BN 777 or GMS BN 778. Fall and Spring semesters. 2 credits.
GMS MH 701 Counseling Theory. Prereq: consent of MMEDIC Director, Room B-2, CAS. This course will provide an overview of major theoretical approaches to counseling, including psychoanalytic, Person-Centered, cognitive-behavioral, and Solution-Focused theories. Students will develop a working knowledge of these approaches and begin to explore applications to counseling. Fall semester. 3 credits.
GMS MI 713. Comprehensive Immunology. Prereq: GMS BI 555, GMS BI 556, or GMS BI 751 and consent of MMEDIC Director, B-2, CAS. Comprehensive introduction to immunologic principles and applications. Consists of interactive lectures and discussion sessions. Emphasis is on analysis and interpretation of data from primary literature. Prior coursework in genetics and biochemistry is strongly recommended. Fall semester. 4 credits.
GMS PA 600 Introduction to Pathology and Pathophysiology of Disease. Prereq: consent of MMEDIC Director, Room B-2, CAS. Lectures, discussion sessions and interactive auto-tutorial case studies 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. Spring semester. 4 credits.
GMS PH 730. Human Physiology A. Prereq: consent of MMEDIC Director, Room B-2, CAS. Cellular and organ physiology. Lectures and discussions examine the function of nerves, muscles, blood and the cardiovascular and digestive systems. Emphasis is placed on the regulation of organ function and on integrative aspects of human physiology. Fall Semester. 4 credits. (Students must register for GMS PH 730 and PH 731. May complete equivalency to MED Physiology if course exists in School of Medicine curriculum.)
GMS PH 731. Human Physiology B. Prereq: GMS PH 730 and consent of MMEDIC Director, Room B-2, CAS. Lectures, laboratories and discussions examine function and regulation of the respiratory and renal systems with emphasis on integrative aspects. Spring semester. 4 credits. (Students must register for GMS PH 730 and PH 731. May complete equivalency to MED Physiology if course exists in School of Medicine curriculum.)
GMS PM 730 Introduction to Medical Pharmacology. Prereq: Premedical courses in the sciences and consent of MMEDIC Director, Room B-2, CAS. Principles of pharmacology are covered and several major classes of therapeutic agents, with attention to their mechanisms of action. Issues of current and future concern in medical pharmacology are addressed including problems of drug abuse, the ethics of human experimentation, the pricing of new drugs, and new biotechnological approaches to drug design and development. Fall semester. 4 credits.
B. HUMANITIES/SOCIAL SCIENCES
CAS PH 251. Medical Ethics. Prereq: one philosophy course or sophomore standing. Examination of a number of value problems arising within the context of medicine and health care. Particular ethical problems of euthanasia, abortion, human experimentation, reproduction, and allocation of scarce resources; critiques of contemporary medicine as an institution. Fall semester. 4 credits.
CAS PH 452. Ethics of Health Care. Prereq: CAS PH 350 and two other philosophy courses, or consent of instructor (PH 150 and PH 251 are recommended). Medicine and health care offer a unique opportunity to explore the nature of humanity and the world and to ask fundamental questions concerning the nature of birth, life, and death, and what it is to be a person. Readings from both classical and contemporary writings in ethics, medicine, law, and public health policy. Spring semester. 4 credits.
GMS MA 620 World Religions and Healing. Prereq: consent of MMEDIC Director, Room B2, CAS. An introduction to approaches to healing integral to Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, Christian, Muslim, African, African-descended, Latin American, Chinese, Native American traditions, and to some of the outcomes of their interactions, in relation to the experience of affliction and suffering. Fall semester. 4 credits.
GMS MA 630 Medical Anthropology and the Cultures of Biomedicine. Prereq: consent of MMEDIC Director, Room B2, CAS. This course examines biomedicine as a cultural system with local and national variations worldwide, all of which have undergone changes over time. Topics include acculturation, medicalization, the patient-doctor relationship, understandings of interventions, and chronicity. Spring semester. 3 credits.
GMS MA 640 The Cultural Formation of the Clinician: Its Implications for Practice. Prereq: consent of MMEDIC Director, Room B2, CAS. 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. The course examines the values one brings into one's practice as a care provider, and how the interaction of both influence one’s personal and professional life, including responses to diverse patient cultures. Fall semester. 3 credits.
C. PUBLIC HEALTH
SPH BS 704. Introduction to Biostatistics. Prereq: consent of MMEDIC Director, Room B2, CAS. Topics include the collection, classification, and presentation of descriptive data; the rationale of estimation and hypothesis testing; analysis of variance; analysis of contingency tables; correlation and regression analaysis; multiple regression, logistic regression, and the statistical control of confounding; sample size and power considerations; survival analysis. Special attention is directed to the ability to recognize and interpret statistical procedures in articles from the current literature. This course gives students the skills to perform, present, and interpret basic statistical analyses using the R statistical package. Fall or Spring semester. 3 credits.
SPH EP 713. Introduction to Epidemiology. Prereq: consent of MMEDIC Director, Room B2, CAS. Epidemiology is a discipline that identifies the determinants of defects, disease and injury in human populations and provides a means of assessing the magnitude of public health problems and the success of interventions designed to control them. The goals of EP713 are to introduce the basic principles and methods of epidemiology and demonstrate their applicability to public health and research and to provide fundamental skills needed to begin to interpret and critically evaluate literature relevant to public health professionals. Topics include measures of disease frequency and effect, epidemiologic study designs, bias, and screening for disease. Class lectures are interspersed with active learning exercises consisting of a mixture of in-class problems, exercises, and discussions, and online and independent learning modules further enable students to achieve the learning objectives. Fall or Spring semester. 3 credits.
SPH PM 702 Introduction to Health Policy and Management. Prereq: consent of MMEDIC Director, Room B2, CAS. Close to 90 percent of the $2.6 trillion spent on health care in this nation in 2010 was used to provide medical services to individuals. High costs, declining coverage, stresses on many caregivers, tradeoffs among quality and cost and access, and growing political tensions afflict U.S. health care. These problems affect all of us who work in public health. This course analyzes these problems, their causes, and ways to solve them. Specifically, how can our vast human and financial resources be marshaled and managed to improve health care delivery for all Americans? To answer this question, the course examines how people are covered, how care is organized and delivered, how caregivers are paid, management, politics, ethics, and more. It considers hospitals, physicians and other caregivers, long-term care, prescription drugs, and mental health. Fall or Spring semester. 3 credits.
* PLEASE NOTE: Courses listed as MMEDIC modules are subject to change at the discretion of the Steering Committee for Early Selection Pathways to the School of Medicine.
Thank you for your interest in the ENGMEDIC program. After you have completed your application, please bring all materials to Meagan Hunter Sullivan in the Undergraduate Programs Office (44 Cummington Street, Room 107). The application is due on Friday, March 8, 2013 and recommendations are due on Friday, March 15, 2013. Late applications will not be accepted.
You are encouraged to complete the application electronically. Paper copies of the application are also available from the Undergraduate Programs Office.
The ENGMEDIC Handbook is available as a PDF below:
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