Academic Program


Students are required to complete 12 credit hours (accumulated from at least one core course plus any combination of elective courses listed below) to complete the certificate. Courses can be taken at any time up until the student graduates. Only those courses that are completed and passed, up until the student graduates, will be considered for the certificate program. A failing grade (C or below) in any of the courses will not be applied to the required 12 credit hours.

Please note that the information below is meant to serve as a guide. It is important that you check the UAB Class Schedule in BlazerNet to see exactly what is offered and when.

Core Couses

EPI 607: Fundamentals of Clinical Research (3 credits)-This course will provide an overview of principles and practices related to the study of determinants and outcomes of medical interventions. Methods for conducting epidemiologic research in the "clinic", assessing the validity of diagnostic and screening tests, measuring therapeutic efficacy and safety, and describing the natural history of disease will be reviewed. (fall)

HMG 702: Phenotyping Human Disease (2 credits)-Introduction to the study of human disease and translational research.  The course will consist of several 2-week modules, each covering a different disease.  Each module will consist of two types of lectures. During the first week of each module, a physician scientist will discuss human patients and case studies of disease.  In the second week of each module, a basic science researcher will discuss the animal models used to study the same disease. (fall)

HMG 705: Drug Discovery & Development (2 credits)-This course will enable the student to follow the pipeline of drug discovery from target selection to FDA approval.  Additional lectures will cover cancer drugs and targets. (spring)


BME 690: Biodesign (3 credits)-The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the process of innovating medical technologies to prepare them for a career in the medical technology industry.  Students will learn the aspects of biomedical product development including needs finding, invention, developing intellectual property, business development, marketing, regulatory processes and reimbursement strategies.  Following the guidelines in the text student groups will interact with physicians to need find, need screen, generate concepts and select one concept to develop a business plan. (spring)

BST 612: Intermediate Statistical Analysis II (3 credits)-This course with utilize current statistical techniques to assess and analyze public health related data. In addition, students will learn to read and critique the use of such techniques in published research. Students will also determine what analytical approaches are appropriate under different research scenarios. The course is lecture based with optional help sessions and computer lab software demonstrations. Students will be expected to interact with one another and the instructor during lectures. (spring)

BST 621: Statistical Methods I (3 credits)-
Lectures will include descriptions and derivations of statistical methods as well as demonstrations of these methods using SAS software.  Additional reading from the text, outside reading and homework problems will be assigned to complement the class lectures. (fall)

BST 622: Statistical Methods II (3 credits)-
Students are taught to intermediate-level basic analysis methods focusing on regression modeling including the links between regression and analysis of variance (parameterization), multiple regression, indicator variables, use of contrasts, multiple comparison procedures and regression diagnostics. The course will generalize these modeling concepts to different types of outcome data including categorical outcomes (i.e., logistic and loglinear modeling) and survival outcomes (i.e., proportional hazards analysis). Students are taught to conduct the relevant analysis using current software such as SAS, SPSS, and JMP.(spring)

EPI 680: Topics in Clinical Research (2 credits)-
Provide health sciences professionals interested in clinical trials, clinical epidemiology, and other forms of population research with both essential principles and specific technical knowledge in a variety of areas relevant to the conduct of biological and behavioral investigation of human subjects. This course begins in the Spring term and extends into the Summer term. Registration for this course is during the Summer semester. Please contact the Program Coordinator for the course syllabus and course schedule. (summer)

GBS 745: NeuroImmunology (2 credits)-
The purpose of this course is threefold: 1) to provide students with a basic overview of immunology and neuroscience in conjunction with a specific focus on how neuroinflammatory processes affect the brain, 2) to teach students basic neuroanatomy of the brain, and 3)  to have students undestand the clinical implications of neuroinflammatory diseases by attending rounds with clinicians. (spring)

GBS 775: Cancer Treatment (3 credits)-
Students will study current theories regarding chemotherapy, radiation therapy, drug discovery & development, clinical trials, chemoprevention, and imaging.  Students will also e exposed to state-of-art for each of these treatment/diagnostic modalities. (fall)

GBS 779: Translational Cancer Research (3 credits)-
The goal of this class is to give students a general understanding of what patient-based research methods are available and how they may incorporate these studies into their basic science pursuits. (every other fall)

HMG 704: Modeling Human Disease (2 credits)-
Introduction to the study of disease-based research. The format will consist of clinical-pathobiological conference-style experience where students will present patient cases and researchers will discuss molecular basis of each disease. (summer)

HMG 707: Vocabulary in Clinical Research (1 credit)-
Students will be exposed to basic topics in clinical research and learn the details involved in designing clinical trials. Students will also sit in as ad-hoc members of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the UAB General Clinical Research Center and learn the review process for human/clinical research trials. (fall)

MBA 673: Technology Based Venture Planning (3 credits)-
Translating scientific and technology discovery into viable business models requires careful analysis and planning.  The business plan is the DNA or genetic map of a technology venture.  This course is designed to prepare students for the challenges of preparing business plans for technology-based innovations.  Because many business plans focus on internal strategy rather than a comprehensive assessment of the competitive landscape, particular attention will be paid to market due diligence and competitive analysis.  The course is practically focused and experiential: students prepare full business plans for real technology-based innovations. (spring)

MBA 681: Idea to IPO (3 credits)-
This course is specifically designed to give graduate students in business, medicine, and engineering a deeper understanding of the issues involved in determining how to take the right idea from the laboratory to the marketplace. (fall)

NTR 722: Recent Advances in Nutrition and Cancer (1 to 3 credits)-
Critical evaluation of the effects of genetics and environmental factors, especially nutrients, on the development and prevention of obesity, atherosclerosis, and cancer.(every other summer)

NTR 725: Nutrition Through Life Cycle (3 credits)-
Examination of the role of nutrition and dietary factors on the growth, development, and maintenance of health throughout the human life cycle. Nutritional guidelines/recommendations, special nutritional needs, physiology, and nutritional health concerns for each stage of the human lifecycle beginning with preconception and continuing throughout adulthood and aging. (every other fall)

NTR 750: Body Composition and Energy Metabolism (3 credits)-
Methods of measurement and relationship to human health and disease (every other summer)

NTR 779: Obesity in the XXI Century (3 credits)-
Overview of the facts and research findings underlying the understanding of obesity, its co-morbidities, and its consequences in the population. (every other spring)

PAT 700: Biology of Disease (3 credits)-
The Biology of Disease course is a comprehensive course in general pathology designed specifically for graduate students in the biomedical sciences.  In this course we will begin with a review of normal anatomy (autopsy organs) and histology (microscopic slides and virtual microscopy).  Then we will do an overview of general pathology principles emphasizing pathogenetic mechanisms and clinically important diseases where current research areas will be highlighted.  The biomedical scientist will learn the mechanisms involved in disease processes and will develop an understanding of diseases and clinical medicine which will help them to converse knowledgeably with medical colleagues and to target their research towards clinically relevant issues. (fall)

PAT 777: Autopsy Experience (1 credit)-
The purpose of offering an optional autopsy experience for PhD graduate students in MCP is to provide education of the thought processes and investigation involved in determining the pathological basis and causes of disease. It is anticipated that this experience will broaden the appreciation of the application of pathology as study of the science of disease. (spring)