Masters in Medical Sciences Concentrations

M.S. in Medical Sciences, Women's Health

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The Women’s Health concentration, within the Master’s Program in Medical Sciences, offers students the opportunity to complete graduate-level study that focuses on gender-specific topics.  An increased awareness that gender-specific issues influence women’s and men’s health more broadly and with greater impact than previously recognized provides the context for this study discipline.   Differences between men and women are not limited to reproductive health, but extend to numerous organ systems and cellular functions.   Recent research findings show significant differences in male and female biology, physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacodynamics.  Since females have been traditionally excluded from clinical trials, most of the available medical knowledge applies to men accurately but not to women.  Over the past two decades, inclusion of women in clinical trials and the mandated testing of drugs on females have significantly increased our knowledge of women’s health.  The Women’s Health concentration strives to employ pertinent sex-specific information to improve diagnosis, better understand pathogenesis, and ultimately advance patient-oriented therapy.

The program is targeted for all graduate level students, medical residents, and clinical professionals (including physicians, nurses, and other health related professionals) with an interest in gender-specific health.  The students may elect to engage in the research pathway, where they will be supervised by mentors from the USF Morsani College of Medicine, or the social-health pathway focusing on women and societal transformation.  Courses will make extensive use of the “online” Canvas organizational format through the USF portal, as well as, traditional didactic lectures.  Post graduates can pursue further professional training in medicine or allied health sciences. 

Curriculum

Fall Semester

  • GMS 6385 - Epidemiology of Women’s Health* (3)
  • GMS 6505 - Basic Medical Pharmacology* (3)
  • GMS 6106 - Introduction to Clinical Research* (3)
  • GMS 6604 - Human Structure and Function (3)

Spring Semester

  • GMS 6452 - Clinical Nutrition* (3)
  • GMS 6380 - Medicine and Gender* (3)
  • GMS 6182 - Complementary and Alternative Medicine*(3)
  • GMS 7910 - Directed Research (Women’s Health) or Elective (3)

Summer Semester

  • GMS 6871 - Health Sciences Ethics* (2)
  • GMS 7930 - Botanical Medicine in Women's Health or Elective (3)
  • GMS 7910 - Directed Research or Elective (3)

Electives

  • BCH 6411 - Biomedical Genomics & Genetics (4)
  • BCH 6746 - Structural Biology (3)
  • BCH 6935 - Grant Writing & Sci. Commun.* (2)
  • GMS 6012 - Basic Medical Genetics* (3)
  • GMS 6100 - Medical Microbiology (3)
  • GMS 6101 - Molecular/Cellular Immunology (3)
  • GMS 6110 - Microbial Pathogenesis (3)
  • GMS 6111 - Basic Medical Pathology* (3)
  • GMS 6141 - Basic Immunology/Microbiology* (3)
  • GMS 6201 - Basic Medical Biochemistry* (3)
  • GMS 6334 - Pathobiology of Human Cancer (3)
  • GMS 6440 - Basic Medical Physiology* (3)
  • GMS 6605 - Basic Medical Anatomy* (3)
  • GMS 6630 - Basic Medical Histology* (3)
  • GMS 6671 - History of Medical Sciences* (2)
  • GMS 6706 - Basic Medical Neuroscience* (3)
  • GMS 6908 - Medical Sciences Independent Study (3)
  • GMS 7910 - Directed Research (Women’s Health) (3)
  • GMS 7930 - Botanical Medicine in Women's Health (3)

*Online

Most electives require a permit to enroll, non-WHP electives are approved on a space available basis per the course instructor. 

Additional electives must have written prior approval. 

Minimum 32 credits required for the degree


Contact Us

Admissions and general information: 
biomed@health.usf.edu

Program Director/Advisor:
Dr. Mark McLean
mmclean@health.usf.edu


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