Course Descriptions - Post-baccalaureate Program in Health Sciences

Semester 1

Biochemistry & Genetics | Semester 1 | 3 credits
This course will begin by looking at the major classes of biological molecules including carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, proteins, and nucleic acids. Students will examine the metabolic pathways of life, including the anabolic and catabolic pathways for carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, amino acids, and nucleic acids.  Enzyme structure and function will be discussed as they are important necessary components of any metabolic pathways and human diseases.
The course will also provide an introduction to genetics. It will explore the basics of DNA, RNA, and proteins and will examine their structures and how they are synthesized. Students will learn about mutations and how they are repaired. Students will analyze different inheritance patterns and will be able to predict the likely phenotypic and genotypic outcome from indicated alleles.

Introduction to Patient Care 1 | Semester 1 | 1 credit
In this course students will have classroom instruction on a range of topics relative to patient care, such as to how to perform an observation, effective communication with patients, medical ethics, medical terminology and being part of an interdisciplinary team. In the second part of the course, students will conduct facilitated observations at Salus clinics and screening or service events with Salus faculty.

Health Psychology | Semester 1 | 3 credits
This course examines the link between psychological states and physical health. The course will look at how psychology influences the ability to promote or maintain healthy behaviors, how psychology can affect the development and prognosis of diseases and how psychology can enhance or derail treatments. Students will be able to apply this understanding to different areas of psychology such as biological, social, developmental and clinical.

Anatomy with Lab | Semester 1 | 4 credits
This is an introductory anatomy course that will examine the form and function of the major organ systems in the human body. The course involves the study of both microscopic (cells and tissues) and macroscopic structures (organs and organ systems)Lecture topics will include homeostasis, integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, digestive system, endocrine, renal system, and reproductive system.
Microbiology & Immunology | Semester 2 | 3 credits
This is an introductory course in microbiology and immunology. It expands upon general biological concepts including inorganic, organic, biochemistry, cell structure and function, metabolism, and genetics mechanisms. These concepts are applied to the morphology, physiology, biochemistry, and genetic mechanisms of microorganisms including viruses. The course includes a survey of the representative types of microorganism and the role pathogenic microorganism in causing diseases and infections. The course will conclude with an examination of immunology and will explore such topics as innate and adaptive immunity.

Semester 2

Biostatistics for Health Professionals | Semester 1 | 3 credits
This course is designed to give students an insight into the concepts and use of statistics in the medical health sciences. Students will be able to describe data and how data can be displayed and distributed for statistical analysis and determine the validity or accuracy of the data measurement. Students will be expected to design and interpret data displays such as tables and graphs. Areas that will be covered include but not limited to the use of statistics in medical related journals, screening tests for disease, and survivor analysis. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to apply statistics to real world scenarios in health care settings.

Physiology with Lab | Semester 2 | 4 credits
This is an introductory physiology course of the major organ systems in the human body. This course will give students a background for understanding the relationship between structure and function from cells to tissues to organs and organ systems through an examination of general physiological mechanisms. Lecture topics will include homeostasis, integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, digestive system, endocrine, renal system, and reproductive system.

Cell and Molecular Biology | Semester 2 | 3 Credits
This course will examine the structure and function of cells and will look at the relationships among a cells genetics, structure, biochemistry and physiological functions. Students will be able to appreciate all aspects of a cells functions form cellular growth to differentiation to cell survival and cell death. This course will also look at the role a cell plays in the pathophysiology of diseases such as cancer.

Introduction to Patient Care 2 | Semester 2 | 1 Credit
This is a continuation on Introduction to Patient Care 1. Students will expand upon topics covered in the first course and relate those topics to what they experienced during their first observational rotations.  Students will also continue to observe in Salus clinics. 

Introduction to Research and Scientific Writing | Semester 2 | 3 Credits
This course introduces students to foundational concepts of research including both quantitative and qualitative methodologies. This course presents the scientific method and examines the way in which one searches, evaluates and synthesizes relevant research, identifies and develops a research question, sampling design, data collection methods and data analysis and interpretation. Students will be introduced to the major approaches used in conducting qualitative research and the application of these methodologies in the health care professions. This course will provide a comprehensive study of scientific writing. Students will develop requisite skills for effective written communication in academic and scientific domains. This course will focus on skills in preliminary writing, drafting, revision, peer review, and review of scientific literature. Students will learn how to write professionally for a variety of audiences.

Career Guidance & Academic Success | Semesters 1 and 2 | 0 Credits
This non-credit course is intended to instruct students on skills that they could adopt or modify to become a successful graduate student. Topics will include note taking strategies, study habits and skills, communication skills, time management, exam taking skills, managing personal issues during graduate school, locating and utilizing resources to answer questions, and critical thinking. Students will also have small group and one-on-one career guidance that will help them understand the full range of  health care professions and will support them as they select a future career.