All candidates must successfully complete a minimum of 33 semester hours of graduate-level work, at least 16 of which must be in courses offered by the Department of Health Sciences.

Specific course requirements

Requirements are intentionally broad to allow students to select concentration areas related to their specific career goals. Elective courses may be chosen from within the department or from among the many course offerings in other departments on both the Charles River (main) and Medical Campuses.

Curriculum requirements for students interested in our Athletic Training concentration can be found here.

Core Courses

SARHS750: Analysis of the Physiological Literature

In this course, peer reviewed publications in the area of physiology will be critically evaluated. Scientific ethics and the process of review and publication of physiological manuscripts will be discussed. The classes will be a mix of didactic information and group discussion. Methodological issues covered will include study design, techniques used and interpretation of research findings. Students completing this course will understand the principles underlying preparation and publication of scientific manuscripts and will be able to apply these principles as they read the scientific literature and participate in research projects related to thesis work.

SPHBS704: Introduction to Biostatistics

This course meets the biostatistics core course requirement for all degrees and concentrations at SPH. The course replaces BS701 and BS703. 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.

Plus 3 of the following

CASBI552: Molecular Biology I (CM)

Synthesis, structure, and function of biologically important macromolecules (DNA, RNA, and proteins). Regulation and control of the synthesis of RNA and proteins. Introduction to molecular biology of eukaryotes. Discussion of molecular biological techniques, including genetics and recombinant DNA techniques. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion.

CASBI553: Molecular Biology II (CM)

Continuation of CAS BI 552 with emphasis on eukaryotes. General areas of focus include genome organization, mechanisms of gene regulation, and cell signaling. Topics including genomics, mouse transgenics systems, signal transduction, chromatin structure, and cell cycle.

SARHS542: Exercise Physiology

Application of physiological principles under different exercise conditions. Integration of the body systems in performance of exercise, work, and sports; immediate and long-range effects of these activities on the body. Laboratory includes the measurement of physiological parameters under extreme conditions.

SARHS560: Muscle Biology in Health and Disease

An integrative approach to understanding the biology of muscle in development, exercise, injury, aging, and disease. Students will get a comprehensive overview of muscle biology and muscle disease; develop skills to review and research primary literature; and have an opportunity to develop oral research presentation skills. This class is designed for upper level undergraduates and graduate students.

SARHS575: Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology

An overview of anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems during normal and pathological conditions. Exercise and other stress in the precipitation, detection, prevention, and rehabilitation of abnormal states.

SARHS581: Gross Human Anatomy

Regional approach to the musculoskeletal, peripheral nervous, and circulatory systems of the human body. Laboratories reinforce the lectures by a study of osteology, prosected cadavers and live anatomy palpations.

SARHS582: Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology

Lecture and laboratory related to the detailed study of the development, morphology, internal configuration, functions, and pathological deficits of the peripheral and central nervous system in humans.

Total credit hours: 17.

Thesis (16 credits)

SARHS791: Directed Study and Research

For MS students conducting research projects, including thesis work, under faculty guidance.


Scholarly Paper (4 credits)

SARHS793: Scholarly Paper

For MS students writing a scholarly paper under faculty guidance.

Electives (totaling 12 credits)

Sampling of possible course electives

GMSAN808: Neuroanatomical Basis of Neurologic Disorders

Prereq: Medical Neuroscience course or equivalent, and consent of instructor. Localization of specific anatomical changes in the brain in developmental and neurological disorders. Taught in modules with a specific focus. Blatt, Kemper 2 cr., Spring sem.

SARHP565: Biomechanics of Human Movement

This course provides an introduction to biomechanics and quantitative movement analysis, with emphasis on rehabilitation. Includes the theoretical basis and clinical application of biomechanics, including kinematic, kinetic, and electromyographic measures. Emphasis on the application of biomechanic principles and measures commonly used to improve our understanding of movement in populations with and without movement dysfunction.

SARHS550: Neural Systems

Exploration of mechanisms of signal transduction, communication, and integration in the nervous system. The approach is multidisciplinary, drawing upon fundamental concepts of the neuroanatomy, neurochemistry, and physiology of the nervous system. Lectures focus on patterns of processing in unimodal sensory, polymodal, motor, and limbic cortices. Methods used to investigate the nervous system are described and illustrated to facilitate comprehension of the current literature. 4 credits, 2nd semester every other year

SARHS551: Human Nutrition Science

This course provides an introduction to nutrition and focuses on the relationship between diet and health. Basic scientific information is presented in preparation for a discussion of applied issues such as weight loss, eating disorders, prevention of chronic disease, diet and exercise and vegetarian diets. Emphasis is placed on translation of current advice to actual food choices. 4 credits, either semester

SARHS745: Seminar: Advanced Regional Anatomy

Ability to work constructively with little direct supervision required. Advanced integrated laboratory study of selected body regions, such as the upper extremity. Detailed dissection and identification by students of all structures within selected regions.

SARHS776: Nutritional Epidemiology

This course examines epidemiologic methods for investigating the role of diet in long-term health. Students learn to critically review the epidemiologic evidence relating diet, anthropometry, and physical activity to heart disease, cancer, and other chronic health conditions including obesity and diabetes. The methodological issues covered include epidemiologic study design; dietary and nutritional status assessment; issues of bias, confounding, effect modification and measurement error; and interpretation of research findings including an understanding of statistical modeling. Students participate weekly in critical reviews of published research. Students completing this course will understand the principles of epidemiology and will be able to apply them as they read the scientific literature and participate in nutrition-related research.