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Biology M.S. Requirements - Biomedical Sciences Certificate Track

The M.S. in Biology with Graduate Certificate in Biomedical Sciences is a one-calendar-year, non-thesis master’s degree program. The master’s degree is awarded after students have successfully completed 30 credit hours, including 18 credit hours applied toward the Certificate in Biomedical Sciences.

Course Requirements

Certificate Courses (18 Credit Hours)

  • Core Courses:
    • BIOL 6351 Integrative Anatomy and Physiology (3 credit hours)
    • BIOL 6352 Molecular Mechanisms of Disease (3 credit hours)
    • BIOL 6355 Introduction to Health Systems (3 credit hours)
    • BIOL 6356 Medical Ethics (3 credit hours)
  • Practicum: BIOL 6350 Biomedical Science Practicum (2 semesters of 3 credit hours)

Elective Courses to Complete the M.S. (12 Credit Hours)

Four (4) courses chosen from the following list. Any exception must be petitioned to the department.

  • BCHS 6361: Clinical Biochemistry
  • BIOL 6310: Biostatistics
  • BIOL 6315: Neuroscience
  • BIOL 6320: Molecular Biology
  • BIOL 6323: Immunology
  • BIOL 6324: Bioinformatics for Biologists
  • BIOL 6330: Molecular Basis of Infectious Diseases
  • BIOL 6333: Advanced Microbial Physiology
  • BIOL 6354: Endocrinology
  • BIOL 6374: Cell Biology
  • BIOL 6384: Developmental Biology
  • BIOL 6397: Cellular Pathobiology

Typical Study Sequence

The sequence below is effective for the 2020–2021 academic year. The program will be switching to a summer start date in summer 2021 and revisions to this sequence will be posted in due time.

  • Fall (12 credit hours):
    • Integrative Anatomy and Physiology
    • Molecular Mechanisms of Disease
    • 2 elective courses OR 1 elective course and 3 hours of practicum
  • Spring (12 credit hours):
    • Medical Ethics
    • 3 elective courses OR 2 elective courses and 3 hours of practicum
  • Summer (6 hours):
    • Introduction to Health Systems
    • 3 hours of practicum


The practicum is carried out across two academic terms for a total of 6 credit hours (3 credit hours in each of 2 semesters, one of which must be the summer term). Students will have the choice of selecting either 6 credit hours of community health internship, 6 credit hours of research internship, or 3 credit hours of each. The grade for the practicum course will be based on an evaluation by the practicum supervisor, written and/or oral presentation by the student, and participation in discussion.

Practicum Opportunities for Academic Year 2020–2021

A) Research Internships under Supervision of a Faculty Member:

  • Brigitte Dauwalder Signaling in the Blood-Brain Barrier
  • Erin Kelleher Evolutionary genomics of reproductive biology and small RNA mediated silencing in Drosophila
  • Seema Khurana Regulation of Epithelial Cell Biology and Pathobiology by Actin and Actin-Binding Proteins
  • Dan Graur Theoretical Molecular Evolution and Bioinformatics
  • Chin-Yo Lin Mechanisms of Transcriptional Regulation by Estrogen Receptor Alpha
  • Weiyi Peng Interplay between Cancer and the Immune System, Cancer Immunotherapy
  • Mehmet Sen Molecular Basis of Receptor Function and Ligand Interactions in Health and Disease
  • William Widger Antibiotic Resistance and Bacterial Dormancy

B) Community Health Internships and Other Opportunities:

  • Legacy Community Health
  • The Behavior Opportunities Uniting Nutrition, Counseling & Exercise (BOUNCE) Program at UH under the supervision of Norma Olvera, Professor, Department of Psychological, Health and Learning Sciences.
  • Community Health Worker initiative at UH under the supervision of Dan Price (, Clinical Associate Professor, Honor’s College.
  • Lola Adepoju (, Clinical Associate Professor, UH College of Medicine. Dr. Adepoju is a health services researcher focused on uncovering patterns that promote individual and population health outcomes to alleviate cost, quality, and access to care issues in vulnerable populations. Her work studies disparities in healthcare utilization and outcomes and how delivery system reform efforts reduce the adverse impact of these determinants.
  • The Center for Clinical Arts, Skills, and Experiential Learning (CCASEL) at UH College of Medicine, under the supervision of Andrew Roblyer (, Director of Clinical Simulation. CCASEL facilitates the implementation and integration of simulation and clinical skills training through experiential learning within the College of Medicine.
  • Brian Dzwonek (, Director of Curriculum Development & Support, UH College of Medicine. Internship projects are in the areas of faculty development, curricular management and instructional design at the College of Medicine, Office of Medical Education.

Other Requirements

All students, whether engaged in a practicum or not, will attend a two-hour weekly group meeting with the practicum instructor of record during the Fall and Spring semesters.