MS in Medical Physiology Program

The MS in Medical Physiology program from the Department of Physiology and Biophysics offers both a non-thesis track and a thesis track. Students are admitted into the thesis track, which requires mentorship from a faculty member and that resources are available for the thesis research project. Enrollment in the non-thesis track will be considered on an individual basis.

Harvey R. Kaslow

Harvey R. Kaslow, PhD
MS Program Director
Physiology and Biophysics

Program Summary

The overarching objective of the MS Program in Medical Physiology is to imbue in its graduates a perspective that helps translate basic science discoveries into treatments of disease and strategies to promote health. Exposing students to studies involving many organism functions not only stimulates thoughts regarding therapeutic and health-promoting opportunities but also tempers those thoughts with the recognition of how modification of one function may lead to changes in other functions that are either beneficial or harmful. The program also seeks to train students in effective written and oral communication.

Specific objectives of the program include demonstration of:

  • Mastery of core information in cell biology, molecular biology, and statistics.
  • Assessment: satisfactory performance in relevant graduate courses.
  • Broad comprehension of major functions of the human organism, how they interact, and how examples of dysfunction are diagnosed, treated or represent an unmet medical need.
  • Assessment: satisfactory performance in the two-term graduate course “Medical Physiology”
  • The ability to orally communicate the rationale underlying a research project and a critique of results of relevant research efforts.
  • Assessment: satisfactory performance in a course involving oral presentations of students’ research efforts or journal articles.
  • The ability to conduct a research project and communicate in writing and orally the rationale underlying the research project, a critique of results of the student’s research efforts, and recommendations regarding future research efforts.
  • Assessment: a satisfactory thesis document and oral defense of the thesis.