Overview

Our Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (MiBS) program is a full-time program that packs a core curriculum in biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology and physiology, along with several optional courses in three customized tracks – Medicine, Research or Drug Discovery. Our courses are taught by the same faculty that teach our medical and graduate students and will be tailored to meet your needs. In addition, students participate in physician and clinical shadowing or directed research to prepare you for a career in the biomedical sciences. 

MiBS prepares recent undergraduates for medical or graduate school or a career in the biomedical industry. Our master’s degree is an ideal way to use your gap year to build credentials and experience to propel yourself to any advanced degree. Students will have access to include hands-on faculty advising and mentoring to help you do your best and submit compelling applications. Students can begin our gap year program after their spring graduation and finish in time to start medical or graduate school the following August.

Contact Information

Arun Malhotra, PhD, Graduate Program Director
William Orta, MBA, Graduate Program Coordinator
305-243-3368
mibs@miami.edu

Required Courses

MBS 600Journal Club3
MBS 601Biochemistry for the Biosciences3
MBS 602Molecular Biology for the Biosciences3
MBS 603Gross Anatomy and Histology3
MBS 604Advanced Molecular and Cell Biology3
MBS 605Cell Physiology2
MBS 608Basic Pathobiology3
MBS 631Laboratory Research or Physician Shadowing6
Electives4
Total Credit Hours30

 Elective Courses

MBS 606Human Physiology2
MBS 607Human Cardiovascular Physiology2
MBS 611Mechanisms of Drug Action2
MBS 612Structural Biology and Drug Design2
MBS 613Biostatistics for the Biosciences3
MBS 614Bioinformatics for Biosciences3

Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
First SemesterCredit Hours
MBS 680 Professional Development Workshop 1
MBS 631 Laboratory Research or Physician Shadowing 3
 Credit Hours4
Second Semester
MBS 600 Journal Club 1
MBS 631 Laboratory Research or Physician Shadowing 3
MBS 601 Biochemistry for the Biosciences 3
MBS 602 Molecular Biology for the Biosciences 3
MBS 603 Gross Anatomy and Histology 3
MBS 604 Advanced Molecular and Cell Biology 3
 Credit Hours16
Third Semester
MBS 600 Journal Club 1
MBS 605 Cell Physiology 2
MBS 608 Basic Pathobiology 3
Electives 4
 Credit Hours10
 Total Credit Hours30

MBS 600. Journal Club. 1 Credit Hour.

To develop insights into the practice of biomedical research and medical practice, MBS students will be required to attend one research seminar, journal club or grand round of their choice per week. Students will prepare a written summary of the main points discussed in each event attended, and these will be monitored by their faculty advisor.
Components: SEM.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall & Spring.

MBS 601. Biochemistry for the Biosciences. 3 Credit Hours.

MBS 601 covers Biochemistry in three parts. In Part 1, you will examine the biochemical composition and structure of the four basic types of biological macromolecules: carbohydrates, nucleic acids, proteins, and lipids. This part also introduces enzymes, and the composition and function of dietary nutrients and vitamins. In Part 2, you will study how genetic information flows from its storage as DNA sequence to its expression as functional RNA and protein molecules. In Part 3, you will learn how metabolic pathways are used to convert food molecules into energy and chemical intermediates used for biosynthesis of our own cellular materials
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall.

MBS 602. Molecular Biology for the Biosciences. 3 Credit Hours.

To introduce students to the molecular basis of life, this course is organized around the “mother of all biological questions” – How does life arise from stochastic associations between molecules acting in networks? While the course is organized around origins of life, it actually presents the basic properties of living things, the composition and properties of biomolecules, and how each individual property arises through diffusion, mass action and affinity.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall.

MBS 603. Gross Anatomy and Histology. 3 Credit Hours.

Designed to cover topics such as gross anatomy, histology, embryology, and neuroanatomy.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall.

MBS 604. Advanced Molecular and Cell Biology. 3 Credit Hours.

Structure, function, biogenesis of cellular organelles, and the cytoskeleton including its regulation and dynamic interactions are discussed.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall.

MBS 605. Cell Physiology. 2 Credit Hours.

General principles of cell physiology, chemical and physical structure of membranes, membrane transport and electrical phenomena, action potentials, muscle contraction, energy transduction, nerve impulse conduction and synaptic transmission.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

MBS 606. Human Physiology. 2 Credit Hours.

Physiology of the human nervous system. Physiology of vision, taste, and smell. Mechanoreceptors, nociception and pain. Spinal reflexes, hypothalamus, and autonomic nervous system.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

MBS 607. Human Cardiovascular Physiology. 2 Credit Hours.

Physiology of the human cardiovascular systems. Heart as a mechanical pump, electrical activity of the heart, vascular system, regulation of blood pressure and response to stress.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

MBS 608. Basic Pathobiology. 3 Credit Hours.

This course will cover essential nomenclature, causes of disease, cell injury and adaption, tissue regeneration and repair, and neoplasia. The pathogenesis of diseases in major organs will be presented.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

MBS 611. Mechanisms of Drug Action. 2 Credit Hours.

Mechanisms underlying the therapeutical and pharmacodynamic properties of pharmacological agents. Emphasis is placed on cellular and molecular aspects and the quantitative factors governing equilibration within multicompartment systems and drug control of nervous and muscular function in relation to therapeutic action.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

MBS 612. Structural Biology and Drug Design. 2 Credit Hours.

This course provides an introduction to structural biology, and illustrates how understanding the relationship between structure and function of biological macromolecules drives drug discovery.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

MBS 613. Biostatistics for the Biosciences. 3 Credit Hours.

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of statistics from a biomedical perspective, with an emphasis on the practical application of statistical tools and the R software package for analysis and interpretation of biological datasets.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

MBS 614. Bioinformatics for Biosciences. 3 Credit Hours.

This course introduces graduate students to basic bioinformatics data retrieval and analysis as relevant to biomedical research.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

MBS 631. Laboratory Research or Physician Shadowing. 3 Credit Hours.

This course will consist of rotations (minimum 2-3 hours per week for each credit hour) in selected laboratories or shadowing with UMMSM physicians. Students will be rigorously monitored for progress by faculty advisors, and present their work at a rotation symposium at the end of the semester.
Components: EXP.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, & Summer.

MBS 680. Professional Development Workshop. 1 Credit Hour.

Survival Skills, Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR), Learning Skills, Lab & Animal Safety, Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI), Ethics
Components: WKS.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, & Summer.

MBS 700. Biomedical Internship. 1-3 Credit Hours.

Students may earn academic credit through a pre-approved internship related to biomedical sciences. Requires the creation of a learning contract between the MSOM, the students, and the internship host.
Components: PRA.
Grading: SUS.
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, & Summer.