Approved Courses

Courses at Storrs are acceptable with permission.

Common graduate programs to explore would include: education, allied heath, nursing, human development and family studies.

APPROVED Electives from Fall 2017 Catalog:


CLTR 5360 Critical Issues Involving Science Publication:  The Scientific Review  (3 credits)

This course provides comprehensive, systematic strategies for summarizing the current state of understanding in a given field.  Each student will be required to identify and work with an academic mentor of that given field throughout the course.  The purpose of this review course may be to present a coherent argument, or to highlight a scientific gaps in the literature. The course will teach students to be able to identify the *why* behind a new study, find and analyze other studies that address similar research questions, or studies that address your research question on a different level.  The goals of this course will enable students to learn how to synthesize the current state of knowledge (either clinical or research) of the chosen topic as a first step of becoming a clinical/translational researcher.

Instructors:  Cato Laurencin, MD, PhD, Email:; Helen Wu, Ph.D., Email:,
Phone:  860.679.2631; Kevin Lo, Ph.D.,, Phone: 860-679-2949; Jorge Escobar Ivirico, Ph.D.,
Email:, Phone:  860-471-6172.


MEDS/BME 6450-F40: Optical Microscopy and Bio-imaging (3 credits)

This course will cover several aspects of state of the art biological and biophysical imaging. We will begin with an overview of geometrical optics and optical and fluorescence microscopy, with an emphasis on instrumentation. The bulk of the course will focus on advanced imaging techniques including nonlinear optical processes (multi-photon excitation, second harmonic generation, and stimulated Raman processes), as well as laser tweezers and single molecule microscopy. Special emphasis will be given to current imaging literature and experimental design.

Instructor: J. Yu, 860-679-7680,


MEDS 5335-F40: Advanced Molecular and Cellular Immunology (4 credits)

Advanced publications from peer reviewed journals will be used for in-depth group discussion of a diverse range of topics within the field of Immunology. Emphasis will include relevance to human health and translational science. Students should have completed Immunobiology I and Immunobiology II before taking this course. These requirements may be waived by the course director on a case-by-case basis. Please notify the instructor upon registering for the course.

Instructor: H. Leonardo Aguila, 860-679-6758,


MEDS 5351-F40: Biochemistry II (Biophysical Methods) (3 credits)

Modern biochemistry utilizes a wide range of powerful and sophisticated methods to analyze the properties and interactions of biological molecules in vitro and in vivo. Biochemistry II is a 3-credit course that revisits fundamental aspects of biochemistry from the perspective of modern methodological approaches. The course meets twice a week. A major component of the course is a student-selected project. Active participation in class discussions is expected.

Instructor: J. Hoch, 860-679-3566,


MEDS 5418-F40: Stem Cells and Regenerative Biology (3 credits)

This course is designed to provide students with foundational as well as advanced knowledge. The course will introduce the basic molecular cell biology and genetics of embryonic and adult stem cells, somatic cell reprogramming, and the induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) and their differentiation into major cell lineages. The course will also emphasize the use of stem cells in modeling human development and disease in a dish, and studying the mechanisms of disease and drug discovery, topics that should impact any major discipline in the biomedical sciences as well as regenerative medicine. Grade is based on class participation, paper presentation and writing a brief review article on a major recent development.

Instructor: A. Das, 860-679-3405,


MEDS 5330-F40: Immunobiology II  (2 credits)

This course is a continuation of MEDS 5329. Material covered will include immune responses to tumors, infectious disease, organ transplants and vaccination, as well as the underlying mechanisms of hypersensitivity and autoimmunity. Both courses are required for acceptance to the Immunology graduate program. Prerequisite: MEDS 5329-F40 or equivalent.

Instructor: V. Rathinam, 860-679-8044,


MEDS 5329-F40: Immunobiology I (2 credits)

An overview of basic concepts in immunology including the development and function of cells that comprise both the innate and adaptive arms of the immune system. MEDS 5329-F40 (IMB-I) is followed by MEDS 5330-F40 (IMB-II). Both courses are required for acceptance to the Immunology graduate program. Students must register for IMB-I and IMB-II separately.

Instructor: V. Rathinam, 860-679-8044,


MEDS 6498: Special Topics in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (3 credits)

The focus of the course is on the study of cutting edge computational problems related to the study and treatment of diseases, and discussion of relevant technologies. The course provides a practical introduction to current bioinformatics and computational biology topics of interest in cancer biology, immunology, microbiome and statistical genetics research, along with genomics, systems biology, single cell technologies, and cloud-based computing. The course will prepare participants for further in-depth study of these topics. Prerequisites: Introductory courses in or some familiarity with bioinformatics, concepts related to probability and statistics, and basic concepts in machine learning. Experience with bioinformatics tools in genomics will be useful.

Tentative: Mondays 4-7 p.m.

Instructors: Reinhard Laubenbacher, 860 436-7516,; Krish Karuturi,


PUBH 5497-F44: Introduction to Community Health Issues and Research (3 credits)

This course provides students with exposure to the Hartford community, community-based participatory research (CBPR) and to community-based organizations (CBOs) that provide programs and services that impact and are impacted by public health policies and practices. Students will learn about the neighborhoods in Hartford and visit up to five CBOs. Each student will be assigned to one CBO to develop further understanding of the CBO relative to a core public health issue. Finally, students will write and present a proposal for a field experience they could implement at the assigned CBO during the spring semester. Class is limited to 5 students. This elective addresses Public Health Assurance.

Instructor: Kim Radda 860-278-2044, X-3825


PUBH 5497-F45: Epidemiology of Substance Use Disorders and Psychiatric Co-morbidities (3 credits)

Epidemiology is the “Queen” of the population sciences. This course will apply epidemiological techniques to the study of alcohol and other substance use disorders, and their relationships with medical and psychiatric disorders. It consists of a comprehensive survey of epidemiological research methods as they apply to substance use disorders in terms of their frequency of occurrence, distribution in populations, associated risk factors, etiologies and natural histories. This elective addresses public Health assessment

Instructor: Helen Wu, 860-679-2631,


PUBH 5497-F46: Clinical and Social Service Systems Research in Alcohol and Addiction Science (3 credits)

This course will focus on how to conduct clinical and health services research on treatment and early intervention services, and how to critically evaluate research evidence. It will cover assessment procedures, research designs, sampling techniques, and mediators and moderators of treatment effects at both the individual and systems levels of analysis. It is geared towards, but not limited to, matriculated M.P.H. students, public health professionals, health care providers, and the mental health and addiction workforce. It is recommended that students have completed (or are in process of completing) coursework in statistics, epidemiology and/ or research methods. This elective addresses public Health assessment. Please note: Students will be expected to meet twice during the semester.

Instructor: Tom Babor, 860-679-5459,


PUBH 5408-F40: Introduction to Epidemiology & Biostatistics I (3 credits)

This is the first of a two-course sequence introducing students to concepts and methods of epidemiology, biostatistics and public health research. Topics include nature of variability, common probability distribution causal reasoning, control of bias and confounding, descriptive and analytic design of observational and experimental studies, principles of disease screening and clinical efficacy. Enrollment is limited to first-year M.P.H. students only; others and Public Health Certificate Program students may request permission to enroll through the M.P.H. Program Office

Instructor: Scott Wetstone, 860-679-4440,

(NOTE: Enrollment is open to MCTR student if seating is available.  Students must contact Dr. Wetstone for permission). In addition, this is a two course sequence. Students must commit to also taking PUBH 5409 Introduction to Epidemiology/Biostatistics II (3 credits) offered in the spring. 


PUBH 5431-F40: Public Health Research Methods (3 credits)

Introduction to conceptualization, methods, and analysis in public health research including: formulation of research questions and hypotheses, development of research and analytic models, use of qualitative (interviewing and observation) and quantitative (secondary and survey data) data collection methods, and qualitative and quantitative data analysis leading to the formulation of research projects. Permission numbers required from M.P.H. office. Enrollment limit: 35.

Instructor: Bonnie McRee, 860-679-5485,

(NOTE: Enrollment is open to MCTR student if seating is available. Students must contact Dr. McRee for permission.)

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