Clinical Laboratory & Nutritional Sciences

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36.506 Biochemistry of Lipids Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4832
Status Active

This advanced course in the nutritional biochemistr and physiology of lipids will detail the role of lipids in the normal and pathological processes at both the cellular and whole organism level. Topics will range from general discussions of the digestion, absorption and transport of lipids to the role of eicosanoids and lipid soluble anti-oxidants during normal and diseased states, such as atherosclerosis, diabetes and hypertension. Subject matter will also include a discussion of the various interventions for the prevention and treatment of certain of these disease states. There will also be discussion of the current issues in lipid nutrition.

36.512 Medical Bacteriology I Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4783
Status Active

A study of the cultural, biochemical, genetic, serological and pathogenic characteristics of disease producing microorganisms. Emphasis will be placed on the pathophysiology of the infectious diseases and their relationship to isolation and identification of the pathogenic microorganisms.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req: 35.211 Bas Cl Micro & Pathology, 35.213 Bas Cl Micro & Path Lab.

36.531 Clinical Immunohematology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4834
Status Active

Lecture and case study discussions look at the major red cell antigen/antibody systems that are of importance in understanding transfusion therapies, compatibility testing, and pathological diseases. Emphasis is on differentiation and clinical significance of each system. Donor selection regulations, component preparation, and hematherapy will also be discussed. Students will be required to do a presentation, poster, and paper on an advanced topic in Clinical Immunohematology.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Students in Clin Lab Sci (MS); or Grad Certs in Clinical Pathology, Nutritional Sci, or Public Health Lab Sci; or permission of Instructor.

36.541 Introduction to Public Health and the Public Health Laboratory Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 33182
Status Active

This course is designed to provide an overview of public health and the public heath laborabory covering topics such as the legal basis and history of public health, public health structure, communications and interactions, and epidemiology. Emphasis will be placed on the role of the public health laboratory and its core functions, its role in policy development, infectious disease, environmental issues, emergency preparedness, newborn screening, global issues, and public health research. Public health laboratory methodology, regulation and improvement, and quality assurance will also be examined.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Students in Clin Lab Sci (MS); or Grad Certs in Clinical Pathology, Nutritional Sci, or Public Health Lab Sci; or permission of Instructor.

36.551 Advanced Pathophysiology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4837
Status Active

Disease processes as appropriate and inappropriate as variants of normal physiological functions. A detailed examination of certain important and illustrative diseases rather than a survey of diseases in general.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Students in Clin Lab Sci (MS); or Grad Certs in Clinical Pathology, Nutritional Sci, or Public Health Lab Sci; or permission of Instructor.

36.553 Advanced Clinical Chemistry Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4838
Status Active

This course is designed to give an in-depth understanding in clinical chemistry. Topics include: analytical techniques and the selection of methodologies. The course allows for a detailed examination and discussion of selected articles from the Journal of Clinical Chemistry.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Students in Clin Lab Sci (MS); or Grad Certs in Clinical Pathology, Nutritional Sci, or Public Health Lab Sci; or Coordinator permission.

36.560 Molecular Pathology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 36721
Status Active

This graduate course is designed to study the molecular aspects of disease. Applications and techniques utilized in the field of molecular pathology are emphasized. This course is intended to provide students with information required to understand the increasing role of molecular pathology in the daily practice and management of chronic disease in medicine. Major emphasis on strength and limitations of clinical diagnostics technologies and their utilization in these applications are presented. This course will also provide a review of current molecular pathology literature and principles as they relate to specific organ systems.

36.563 Vitamins and Minerals Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4842
Status Active

Provides a foundation for understanding the role of vitamins and minerals in human nutrition. Emphasis is placed on their roles in human biochemistry and physiology. The mechanism of action for each nutrient is examined. The course will explore the effects of nutrient deficiency, and identify the best dietary sources for each vitamin and mineral.

36.565 Lab Methods in Nutrition Assessment Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 31884
Status Active

This course provides the student the the opportunity to assess nutritional status using several modern analytical methods. The course uses spectrophotometry, HPLC and automated procedures to assess the status of vitamins, lipids, iron, glucose, and insulin. The student will learn the mathematical calculations needed for the methods. This course enables the student to appreciate how nutrient analysis is designed and implemented in the analytical laboratory.

36.572 Nutrition and Gene Expression Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4844
Status Active

Regulation of eukaryotic gene expression by specific nutrients, hormones, and metabolites will be discussed. Transcriptional, post-transcriptional, and translational mechanisms of specific nutrients with emphasis in disease development or prevention. The information gained will be useful for design of appropriate diets, based on inherited biochemical characteristics. This coure will enable students to link their knowledge of nutrition with the growing body of knowledge on the human genome and specific hereditary diseases with a nutritional component. Students will be required to submit a paper in nutrition and gene expression, on a topic agreed upon by student and instructor.

36.575 Topics in Clinical Laboratory Science I Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4846
Status Active

This course provides students with the knowledge that is fundamentally necessary to understand the routine operations of the clinical diagnostic laboratory. The course will familiarize students with the diagnostic application of the most current testing methodologies and also provide a forum to discuss and critically review primary literature pertinent to current clinical laboratory issues.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Students in Clin Lab Sci (MS); or Grad Certs in Clinical Pathology, Nutritional Sci, or Public Health Lab Sci; or Coordinator permission.

36.580 Clinical Applications of Molecular Genetics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4848
Status Active

This course begins with a review of basic molecular genetics, followed by a discussion of the human genome project, including the application of its technology to the management of genetic diseases. Laboratory techniques used to analyze pre- and postnatal tissue samples is described, including RFLP-Southern blot technology, real- time PCR, VNTR assessment, and gene expression analysis by microchip arrays. Cloning and stem cell analysis follows, including the ethical, legal, and social issues surrounding these areas. Cancer genetics and cytogenesis is presented, with emphasis on molecular changes that lead to the onset of cancer. Genetic treatments for cancer are reviewed. Gene therapy is detailed, including the historical perspective, gene therapy vectors and their mode of action, and the newest methods for treating genetic disorders at the DNA level. Structural and functional genomics follows, centering around the creation of pharmaceuticals solely based on the genetic basis of diseases. The course ends with a discussion of the human proteome project, including goals and objectives, current progress, and the storage of data in complex bioinformatic databases.

36.582 Seminar in Advanced Nutrition Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 30346
Status Active

Review and analysis of contemporary research publications in human nutrition. Recently discovered nutrients that may be essential to human health will be evaluated. We will critically examine the benefits of dietary modification in controlled investigations. Course will focus on published studies of the relation of dietary practices to health and disease. We will examine nutrition policy, and the way scientific findings in nutrition translate into public health practice. This course will be of value to students who wish to critically examine literature in human nutrition, and who seek to develop new directions for nutrition research.

36.601 Nutrition Assessment Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 39063
Status Active

This course provides an overview of tools used to assess nutritional health, dietary adequacy, dietary variety, and food security. Lectures and lab will be integrated together to demonstrate and provide experience in methods needed to assess, screen, and monitor physiological and dietary indictors of nutritional health. There will be an emphasis on methods and tools for assessing body composition, biochemical indicators, dietary intake, energy expenditure, and physical activity. Students will learn how to select and apply these methods in community, clinical and research settings and determine the strengths and limitations of each assessment tool.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req: PB-MPH Graduate Major or by permission.

36.602 Public Health Nutrition Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 39064
Status Active

This course will examine a broad range of community-based nutrition research, programs and policies within the United States. Settings for public health nutrition programs have broadened to include non-profit agencies, worksites, health centers, clinics, hospitals, schools, churches, supermarkets, sports centers, senior centers, and emergency feeding sites. Students will engage in experiential learning and use case studies to practice innovative approaches to community nutrition. Field visits will allow students to interact with and learn from public health experts Students will be required to write a funding proposal for a community nutrition program that they have developed in small groups.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req: PUBH.502 Health Policy and Management, and PB-MPH Graduate major or by permission.

36.603 Global Nutrition Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 39065
Status Active

This course is an examination of the food and nutrition issues around the world. The impact of food production and food intake on the environment and global nature of our food systems will be reviewed. The course will also include consideration of specific nutrient deficiencies, as well as nutrition-related aspects of infectious and chronic disease along with the programs and resources available to combat malnutrition for children and adults worldwide.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req: 36.602 Public Health Nutrition and PB-MPH Graduate major or by permission.

36.604 Nutrition Epidemiology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 39066
Status Active

This course is designed for graduate students who are interested in conducting or better interpreting epidemiologic studies relating diet and nutrition status to disease and health. There is an increasing awareness that various aspects of diet and nutrition may be important contributing factors in chronic disease. There are many important problems, however, in the implementation and interpretation of these studies. The purpose of this course is to examine methodologies used in nutritional epidemiologic studies in lecture and lab sittings, and to review the current state of knowledge regarding diet and other nutritional indicators as an etiologic factor in disease.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req: 19.575 Intro to Biostatistics and Epideminology, and 19.577 Biostatics for Health Data, and PB-MPH Graduate Major or by permission.

36.613 Infectious Disease Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4851
Status Active

This course is designed for graduate students in the health sciences focusing on the pathophysiology of infectious disease. Major infectious organisms will be discussed as biological models and presented in the way they affect major systems of the body. Emphasis will be placed on journal readings describing significant episodes of emerging infections and current technology in diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 35.211 and 36.331, or 36.415, or 36.311, or 36.615.

36.615 Medical Mycology and Parasitology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4852
Status Active

This course is designed to instruct students in diagnostic medical mycology and parasitology. Diseases, specimen collection and handling, laboratory identification and treatment of medically significant fungi and parasites will be studied. Discussion of AIDS related infections and prophylactic treatment will be evaluated. Life cycles of parasites, prevention and environmental protection plans will be analyzed.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Students in Clin Lab Sci (MS); or Grad Certs in Clinical Pathology, Nutritional Sci, or Public Health Lab Sci; or permission of Instructor.

36.640 Quality Assurance, Control and Improvement in the Clinical and Public Health Laboratory Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 34606
Status Active

This course is designed to provide an overview of total quality management issues in the Clinical and Public Health laboratory. Topics presented will include CLIA and quality control in the laboratory, clinical and public health laboratory QC calculations, charts and graphs, regulations involving new control lots, out-of-control QC situations, method comparison, instrument validation, and quality assurance. Emphasis will be placed on meeting all federal regulations including the FDA, state regulations, as well as meeting professional agency regulations such as JCAHO, CAP, and APHL.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Students in Clin Lab Sci (MS); or Grad Certs in Clinical Pathology, Nutritional Sci, or Public Health Lab Sci; or Coordinator permission.

36.707 Drug Metabolism Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37846
Status Active

This course provides an overview of the structure, function and regulation of major drug metabolic enzymes and transporters.

36.708 Mechanisms of Drug Action Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37845
Status Active

This course reviews the general principles of drug action and the pharmacological activities of various classes of drugs. The major focus is on the molecular mechanisms of drug action, with a detailed discussion of one or more prototypes of each drug class. Selected examples of drug discovery and development are also discussed. At the completion of the course, students will have knowledge of the molecular basis of pharmacological activity, the mode of action of major classes of therapeutic agents and familiarity with rational approaches to drug design.

36.709 Pharmacogenomic Principles and Applications Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37847
Status Active

Pharmacogenomics utilizes knowledge related to the variability in the human genome to understand and predict the differences in drug response and toxicity of pharmaceutical agents. This includes not only the determination of pharmacologically relevant genes that alter individual pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic response but also those polymorphism's and other mutations that predispose a person to development of various diseases. Personalizing therapies based on genotypic information should increase efficacy and decrease toxicity of agents. Current applications covered include anti-cancer and anti-viral therapies and anticoagulation.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req: 36.707 Drug Metabolism

36.710 Nutrigenomics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37844
Status Active

The elucidation of the human genome has created a unique opportunity to study and understand how nutrients and bioactive food components influence gene expression and product activity. This knowledge will allow for a better understanding of how these interactions vary with individual genetic diversity in the development of chronic disease states. The goal will be to improve the quality of life through the use of diet in the prevention and treatment of human disease. This includes the use or restriction the specific nutrients and food compounds to maintain homeostasis in the body from the biochemical level to organ systems. The ability for nutritionists and healthcare professionals to create and optimize diets requires and understanding of the interactions between nutrients and genes, proteins and metabolic pathways in regulation of disease pathways.

36.733 Graduate Project - Clinical Laboratory Sciences Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4860
Status Active

An independent study or laboratory project which has been approved and is under the direction of the project advisor. Projects are approved by the graduate coordinator in conjunction with the project advisor.

36.734 Graduate Project - Clinical Laboratory Sciences Credits: 4

Course Details
Min Credits 4
Max Credits 4
Course ID 4861
Status Active

An independent study or laboratory project which has been approved and is under the direction of the project advisor. Projects are approved by the graduate coordinator in conjunction with the project advisor.

36.743 Master's Thesis - Clinical Lab Sciences Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4865
Status Active

Analytical and/or experimental work conducted under the direction of a thesis advisor and in accordance to the Graduate School Guidelines. Students are required to submit a written proposal for approval by a thesis committee and to present an oral defense at a college seminar.

36.744 Master's Thesis - Clinical Laboratory Science Credits: 4

Course Details
Min Credits 4
Max Credits 4
Course ID 4866
Status Active

Research Design and Methodology. Analytical and/or experimental work conducted under the direction of a thesis advisor and in accordance to the Graduate School Guidelines. Students are required to submit a written proposal for approval by a thesis committee and to present an oral defense at a college seminar.

36.753 Doctoral Research Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4867
Status Active

36.756 Doctoral Research Credits: 6

Course Details
Min Credits 6
Max Credits 6
Course ID 4868
Status Active

36.759 Doctoral Research Credits: 9

Course Details
Min Credits 9
Max Credits 9
Course ID 4869
Status Active

36.770 Professional Intership and Seminar Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 35788
Status Active

A Professional Internship is required for students in the Professional Sciences Option of the Clinical Laboratory Sciences Masters Program. It is expected to be a minimum of 350 hours and have 3-6 month duration. The internship is designed to provide students with an opportunity to obtain real-world experience in business, government agencies, non-profit organizations or research laboratories. Internships or research project experiences will typically take place in Clinical, Pharmaceutical, Diagnostic, Biotechnological or Medical Device Companies or Institutions. Research experience can also be obtained at the University or other Research Centers. All students will be required to submit a final written report and give oral presentation on their work at a Seminar that all post-internship students participate in. To be eligible for the Professional Internship, students will be required to have 1) completed a minimum of 12.0 credits of STEM courses, 2) completed a minimum of 6.0 credits of PLUS courses, 3) attained an overall minimum GPA of 3.0, and 4) Department Permission.