Health Sciences Preparatory Program Curriculum & Courses

The HSPP curriculum takes place over the full academic year and consists of two aspects: Core and Professional Skills 

Fall Session: 8/3/2016 - 12/21/2016
Spring Session: 1/3/2017 - 5/23/2017

1. Core Curriculum 

1. HSP 500 Building Working Cells and Tissues - 5 credits
2. HSP 502 Medical Physiology & Histology  - 6 credits (equivalent to part of SOM “Development, Structure & Function”)
3. HSP 503 Epidemiology/Biostatistics - 3 credits 
For all courses, on average each hr of class time requires 2 hr of additional preparation time.

2. Professional Skills Curriculum 

1. HSP 504 Academic Achievement – 2 credits 
2. HSP 505 Clinical Medicine – 2 credits 
3. HSP 506 Clinical Immersion – 2 credits

Course Descriptions

  • Building Working Cells and Tissues | HSP 500

    Programs: Health Sciences Preparatory

    The goals of the course are to: Integrate key principles of biochemistry, physiology, and cell and tissue histology; Advance understanding of molecular structures, interactions and processes that promote and regulate cellular function; Provide students with foundational material for understanding organ structure, physiology and disease states to be covered in subsequent courses.

    Course Coordinator: William Royer, PhD

    Semester Offered: Fall

    Last Taught: Fall 2015

  • Medical Physiology & Histology Part A | HSP 502A

    Programs: Health Sciences Preparatory

    The goals of the course are to provide: A study of basic human physiology, which is the biological study of the functions of living organisms and their parts; A study of the microscopic anatomy of the cellular organization and structure of individual tissues and organ systems.

    Course Coordinator: Julie Jonassen, PhD

    Semester Offered: Fall

    Last Taught: Fall 2015

  • Medical Physiology & Histology Part B | HSP 502B

    Programs: Health Sciences Preparatory

    The goals of the course are to provide: A study of basic human physiology, which is the biological study of the functions of living organisms and their parts; A study of the microscopic anatomy of the cellular organization and structure of individual tissues and organ systems.

    Course Coordinator: Julie Jonassen, PhD

    Semester Offered: Spring

    Last Taught: Spring 2016

  • Epidemiology/Biostatistics | HSP 503

    Programs: Health Sciences Preparatory

    The primary goal of the course is to provide students with a core set of concepts and skills in epidemiology and biostatistics that are required to critically evaluate the medical literature, important components of evidence-based medicine.

    Course Coordinator: Michael Kneeland, MD

    Semester Offered: Spring

    Last Taught: Spring 2016

  • Academic Achievement Part A | HSP 504A

    Programs: Health Sciences Preparatory

    This course includes the following 3 elements: Academic Coaching: Sessions with education specialist and student mentors (3 hours contact/wk – can be in small groups and 1:1 sessions based on students’ needs) to evaluate individual learning styles, adapt/develop study skills, test prep, exam review, error analysis, time management; Group study sessions: (2 hours/wk) – 1 hour student group discussion/preparation; 1 hour with course-specific faculty, alternating weekly; HSPP advisor meetings: (0.5 hours/wk) - individual (one per month) and group meeting (one per month) with HSPP advisors. Specific activity includes rewrite of application/personal statement.

    Course Coordinators: Deborah-Harmon Hines, PhD and Kendall Knight, PhD

    Semester Offered: Fall

    Last Taught: Fall 2015

  • Academic Achievement Part B | HSP 504B

    Programs: Health Sciences Preparatory

    This course includes the following 3 elements: Academic Coaching: Sessions with education specialist and student mentors (3 hours contact/wk – can be in small groups and 1:1 sessions based on students’ needs) to evaluate individual learning styles, adapt/develop study skills, test prep, exam review, error analysis, time management; Group study sessions: (2 hours/wk) – 1 hour student group discussion/preparation; 1 hour with course-specific faculty, alternating weekly; HSPP advisor meetings: (0.5 hours/wk) - individual (one per month) and group meeting (one per month) with HSPP advisors. Specific activities include MCAT prep, interview skills.

    Course Coordinators: Deborah-Harmon Hines, PhD and Kendall Knight, PhD

    Semester Offered: Spring

    Last Taught: Spring 2016

  • Clinical Medicine | HSP 505

    Programs: Health Sciences Preparatory

    This is 2 credit shadowing experience in outpatient and inpatient settings, shadowing a physician and other team members – approximately seven 3-hour clinical sessions; assigned reading of 2 novels and other appropriate readings with small group discussions on becoming a physician and the US healthcare system and related assignments and presentations to the class.

    Course Coordinator: Maria Garcia, PhD, MPH

    Semester Offered: Spring

    Last Taught: Spring 2016

  • Clinical Immersion | HSP 506

    Programs: Health Sciences Preparatory

    Immersion in research or community project that allows students to learn and apply basic biostatistics knowledge and prepare for the spring Epi/Biostats core course; fall will be focused on engaging in the experience with limited small group sessions; spring will involve less engagement with immersion site with a focus on writing and presenting work.

    Course Coordinator: Sharina Person, PhD

    Semester Offered: Spring

    Last Taught: Spring 2016

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