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 2018 Catalog:

AFRA 5100 – H71   Impacts of Race on Health Equity and Medical Research and Practice (3 cr.)

Impacts of race and racism in medicine, healthcare, and health outcomes in the United States. Sociological, psychological, historical, and medical perspectives on the multiple health risks affecting racialized non-white populations as well as how disparities should be addressed.

Instructors:  Cato Laurencin, David Embrick, Melina Pappademos, V Bede Agocha


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

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 & Bio-imaging (3 cr.)
Presents the current state of the art of optical imaging techniques and their applications in biomedical research. The course materials cover both traditional microscopies (DIC, fluorescence etc.) that have been an integrated part of biologists’ tool-box, as well as more advance topics, such as single-molecule imaging and laser tweezers. Four lab sessions are incorporated in the classes to help students to gain some hand-on experiences. Strong emphasis will be given on current research and experimental design.

Instructor:  Ji Yu


MEDS 5335-F40 Advanced Molecular and Cellular Immunology (4 cr.)-
***CANCELLED FALL 2018****

Major areas covered include: (1) Development of the immune system with respect to lymphoid organs and lymphocyte subsets; (2) Mechanisms of antigen processing and presentation; (3) Lymphocyte activation including the role of costimulatory molecules and (4) Regulation of the immune response including tolerance induction, cytokine interactions and signal transduction.

Instructor: H. Leonardo Aguila 860-679-6758

MEDS 5351-F40 Biochemistry II (3 cr.)

Fundamentals of biomolecular interactions and protein structure. Structure/function of select proteins and enzymes essential to the following: metabolic pathways, DNA/RNA transactions, gene expression, cell cycle and signal transduction, and the cytoskeleton.

Instructor: J. Hoch 860-679-3566


MEDS 5418-F40 Stem Cells & Regenerative Biology (3 cr.)

A literature based course on the fundamental aspects of stem cells; their nature, origin, self-renewal and differentiation during embryogenesis and tissue regeneration.  Taught by a team of experts.  Grade based on mid-term tests, class participation and presentation.  Prerequisite:  MEDS 5322 or MEDS 5327 or MEDS 5380 (RG 4543).

Instructor: A. Das 860-679-3405


MEDS 5329-F40 Immunobiology I  (2cr.)

An overview of basic concepts in immunology including antibody structure, function and production, molecular genetics of the immune system and cellular regulation of immunity.

Instructor: A. Adler 860-679-7992

MEDS 5330-F40 Immunobiology II  (2 cr.)

This continuation of MEDS 5329 considers effect or mechanisms of the immune system in inflammation, hypersensitivity, transplantation and autoimmunity as well as regulation of the immune system by cells, cellular products and chemical or physical agents.

Instructor: A. Adler 860-679-7992


PUBH 5201 – F40   Essentials of Social Inequality and Health Disparities (3 cr)–

Introduction to (a) the extent of health disparities across the US population, (b) how social inequality contributes to health disparities, and (c) why attention to social inequality is essential to the effective practice of clinical medicine and dental medicine. Examination of how society’s social, economic, political and cultural institutions are structured and why they perpetuate the unequal distribution of opportunities that systematically limit the life chances and experiences of individuals. A range of social determinants (race/racism, poverty, income inequality, education, environmental conditions, social capital, social cohesion, social mobility, safety/security, criminal justice system) are considered that may influence health, either directly or as pathways for other determinants. Addresses the function of public health assessment, provides students with a conceptual basis for the complementary course, PUBH 5202.

Instructor:  David Gregorio


PUBH 5403 – F40   Health Administration (3 cr)

Examination of past, present, and proposed approaches to the organization and management of health care services. Emphasis is on the role and functioning of the manager and the evolution of health care policy and trends as they affect managerial roles.

Instructor:  Staff


PUBH 5408-F40 Introduction to Epidemiology & Biostatistics I (3 cr.)

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 distributions, causal reasoning, control of bias and confounding, descriptive and analytic design of observational and experimental studies, principles of disease screening and clinical efficacy.  Enrollment Requirements:  Open to students admitted to MPH program, others with consent of instructor.

Instructor: Scott Wetstone 860-679-4440


PUBH 5431-F40 Public Health Research Methods (3 cr.)

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 (seconday and survey data) data collection methods, and qualitative and quantitative data analysis leading to the formulation of research projects.

Instructor: Bonnie McRee 860- 679-5485

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

PUBH 5478 – F40   Epidemiology of Substance Use Disorders and Psychiatric Co-Morbidities (3 cr)
Comprehensive survey of epidemiological research methods as they apply to substance use disorders and related psychiatric co-morbidities. Review of epidemiological research on the prevalence of the major substance use disorders and discussion of what is known about the etiology, treatment and prevention of these disorders. Incorporates recent advances in social and psychiatric epidemiology as well as health disparities attributable to sex/gender and race/ethnicity. Intended for, but not limited to, matriculated MPH students, public health professionals, health care providers, and the mental health and addiction workforce.

Instructor:  Zhao Wu


PUBH 5480 – F40   Clinical and Social Service Systems Research in Alcohol and Addiction Science (3 cr)
Focus on how to conduct clinical and health services research on treatment and early intervention services and how to critically evaluate research evidence. Assessment procedures, research designs, sampling techniques, and mediators and moderators of treatment effects at both the individual and systems levels of analysis. Intended for, but not limited to, matriculated MPH 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.

Instructor:  Thomas Babor

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