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 2024 Catalog:


ISG 5100 Foundations in Clinical Genetics and Genomics (3-cr.)

Foundational concepts and application of genetics and genomics in the context of human disease.

Enrollment Requirements: Only open to graduate students currently enrolled in the Clinical Genetics and Genomics certificate, others with instructor consent.

Instructor:  Lila Aiyar


ISG 5101 Principles of Human Embryology and Teratology (3-cr.)

Investigation of fundamental mechanisms underlying normal and abnormal development related to embryogenesis and organogenesis. Relates defects in development to congenital anomalies.

Enrollment Requirements: Only open to graduate students currently enrolled in the Clinical Genetics and Genomics certificate, others with instructor consent.

Instructors: Sharon Lavigne


MEDS 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 5329-F40 Immunobiology I (4 cr.)

This course will first introduce the basic components that comprise the immune system, and then explore how the immune system impacts health and disease.

Instructor: Sivapriya Kailasan Vanaja


MEDS 5335-F40 Advanced Molecular and Cellular Immunology I (4 cr.)

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: Penghua Wang


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: Jeffrey Hoch


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:  Karen Sears

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.

Department consent required.

Instructor:  Amir Mohammad


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


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