This challenging one-year course of study includes a number of graduate-level courses in the basic medical sciences and the choice of educational concentration tracks leading to certificates in a variety of healthcare fields. Students in this unique program take classes with students in other degree programs, including various graduate programs, allopathic and podiatric medicine, nutrition, physical therapy, and physician assistant studies.
All of the core courses and some of the track courses are offered on campus. Most of the certificate courses are offered online. Performance evaluation for the online courses are based primarily on submission of papers and projects, whereas on-campus courses rely on quizzes and exams. Students, faculty, and staff maintain contact and interact via the Internet with a user-friendly learning management system (LMS). The LMS provides one location for students to easily access course syllabi and readings; receive and submit assignments and projects; complete exams and course evaluations; and interact with classmates and faculty through discussion postings and private mail messages. The online educational environment is password-protected and accessible only to students registered in courses.
All students in the Biomedical Sciences program are required to take the series of core basic science courses. In addition, at the time of acceptance, students are required to select one of the following four certificate concentrations in which to take courses.
• Health Professions Education (all classes are online)
• Healthcare Administration & Management (all classes are online)
• *Nutrition (all classes are online)
• *Women’s Health (all classes are online)
*Acceptance into these two certificate tracks will be based on a student’s qualification and interest, and upon available space in the program. A separate application process is required for students interested in these two tracks.
Applicants will be placed into the Health Professions Education or Healthcare Administration & Management track unless accepted to a pre-selected special certificate concentration—denoted by an (*). An effort will be made to place students in the track of their choice; however, the Department of Interprofessional Healthcare Studies (IPHS) reserves the right to place students in a track as space allows.
Note: Curricular changes may occur at the discretion of the IPHS department from one academic year to the next, which could include additions, deletions or modifications of certificate tracks or courses and/or required core basic science courses.