Division of Graduate Education in Biomedical Sciences

Student Learning Outcomes

The faculty of Morehouse School of Medicine's Division of Graduate Education in Biomedical Sciences (GEBS) has adopted a set of educational goals, objectives, and student learning outcomes for the six (6) degree programs that are offered.  The specified goals and objectives are common to all of the GEBS degree programs.  GEBS faculty have established program-specific student learning outcomes as indicated.

DIVISION OF GEBS EDUCATIONAL GOALS

Goal 1:  Provide an engaging, scholarly environment that promotes meaningful scientific learning and research.

Goal 2:  Foster critical thinking and scientific research skills.

Goal 3:  Prepare students for advanced careers in health and biomedical sciences.

Goal 4:  Foster compassionate commitment to equity in community and public health. 

Goal 5:  Engage students and faculty in learning communities that promote student personal, academic, and career success.

DIVISION OF GEBS EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

Students who graduate from the Morehouse School of Medicine's Division of Graduate Education in BIomedical Sciences (GEBS) will possess a deep understanding of biological science, will engage in scientific inquiry and research, and will apply content and research expertise to the advancement of  biomedical disciplines.  Program graduates will exhibit the skills necessary to effectively communicate knowledge and research outcomes to scientific peers and public stakeholders. Additionally, graduates will demonstrate a commitment to the application of biomedical science in the improvement of health disparities. 

The education objectives common to all degree programs are to:

1. Promote a deep and integrated understanding of the biological sciences and their implication to the advancement of health and biomedical science. 

2. Strengthen critical analysis and reasoning skills and the application of these skills to the design and execution of scientific inquiry relevant to specific biomedical disciplines. 

3. Generate and effectively communicate scientific knowledge relevant to specific biomedical disciplines.

4. Develop a commitment to life-long learning and career pursuits within health and biomedical science disciplines. 

5. Foster a commitment to health equity. 

 

Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Sciences

Upon completion of the Ph.D. program, students will have the proven knowledge, skills, and attitudes to: 

Knowledge

1.  Apply a broad knowledge of biomedical sciences and human disease in scholarly discussions and collaborations with colleagues across biomedical science. 

2.  Draw from a deep knowledge within specific science disciplines to investigate fundamental mechanisms of health and disease. 

3.  Integrate new biomedical knowledge and emerging technologies in their professional practice. 

4.  Demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate the scientific literature. 

Skills

5.  Demonstrate the ability to accurately record and manage research data as appropriate to the discipline. 

6.  Demonstrate the ability to formulate scientific questions and a research plan to investigate these questions. 

7.  Use critical analysis to develop and test hypotheses, design experiments, and interpret results. 

8.  Apply quantitative reasoning and statistical analysis techniques in the exploration and testing of theories and hypotheses. 

9.   Use oral and written skills to effectively communicate with other scientists and stakeholders.

10.  Demonstrate the ability to engage a team of peer experts in scholarly interdisciplinary investigations through presentations and publications of findings. 

Attitudes

11. Demonstrate a commitment to the highest level of ethical standards and scientific practices in the conduct of biomedical research. 

12.  Demonstrate autonomy and excellence in the conduct of research in biomedical sciences.

13.  Demonstrate an appreciation for the role of research discipline in the achievement of health equity.

 

Master of Science in Biomedical Research

Upon completion of the Master of Science in Biomedical Research program, students will have the proven knowledge, skills, and attitudes to:

Knowledge

1.  Apply a broad knowledge of biomedical sciences and human disease in scholarly discussions and collaborations with colleagues across biomedical science. 

2.  Use advanced biomedical science knowledge to understand and investigate disease processes. 

3.  Integrate new biomedical knowledge and emerging technologies in their professional practice. 

4.  Demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate the scientific literature. 

Skills 

5.  Apply fundamental concepts in the core areas of biomedical sciences to a research problem in their chosen area of research. 

6.  Demonstrate the ability to formulate adequate scientific questions to solve specific research problems. 

7.  Apply laboratory skills such as planning of experiments, data acquisitions, data management, analysis and interpretation to a specific research problem. 

8.  Demonstrate the ability to accurately record and manage research data as appropriate to the discipline. 

9. Demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in a written format with peers, researchers, and other stakeholders. 

Attitudes

10.  Demonstrate a commitment to the highest level of ethical standards and scientific practices in the conduct of biomedical research. 

11.  Demonstrate an appreciation for the role of the research discipline in the achievement of health equity. 

 

Master of Science in Biomedical Technology

Upon completion of the Master of Science in Biomedical Technology program, students will have the proven knowledge, skills, and attitudes to:

Knowledge 

1.  Develop a broad understanding of core technologies needed for the support of research in biomedical sciences. 

2.  Develop a deep knowledge of more specific biomedical technologies to provide expert solutions to a focused range of biomedical problems.

Skills

 3.  Use critical analysis to develop and test hypotheses, design experiments, and interpret solutions.

4.  Demonstrate a commitment to the ongoing integration of new and emerging technologies in biomedical practice. 

5.  Use oral, written, and verbal skills to effectively communicate with a broad range of scientists and other stakeholders. 

6.  Apply quality assurance standards consistent with accepted statistical analysis techniques.

7.  Demonstrate the ability to engage a team of experts in scholarly, interdisciplinary investigations.

8.  Demonstrate the ability to accurately record and manage data as appropriate to the discipline.

9.  Demonstrate the ability to organize and lead research projects to effectively achieve goals and objectives of research in the biomedical sciences. 

Attitudes

 10.  Demonstrate a commitment to the highest scientific standards and ethical conduct of research.

 

Master of Science in Clinical Research

Upon completion of the Master of Science in Clinical Research program, students will have the proven knowledge, skills and attitudes to:

Knowledge

1.  Distinguishes between various types of Clinical Translational Research and the basic principles associated with each of them. 

2.  Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental concepts of biostatistics.

3. Identify the basis concepts, determinants, and ways to measure distribution of traits and diseases in human populations.

4. Identify various study designs, settings, and databases that are useful in the evaluation of clinical interventions.

5. Describe the principles and applications of the major techniques used in modern biomedical research laboratories.

6. Recognize the multiple dimensions of health services and conceptual basis of measuring health services & outcomes.

7. Effectively design and conduct human experiments.

Skills 

 8.  Develop hypothesis with a data set and perform appropriate statistical tests of the hypothesis.

9.  Identify a hypothesis, select an appropriate study design, and collect data to test the hypothesis.

10. Use web-based and other types of medical informatics to facilitate research.

11. Use database management and statistical software to organize and analyze data.

12. Demonstrate skills in communicating results of research in abstract and presentation forms.

13. Demonstrate skills in writing research manuscripts.

14. Demonstrate skills in critiquing research manuscripts.

15. Develop abilities in writing research grants.     

16. Manage the fiscal, personnel, facilities and regulatory assets of a funded clinical research program.

17. Identify institutional resources needed to carry out high quality research.

 Attitudes

 18.  Demonstrate a commitment to ethical and compassionate practice in human subjects research.

19. Demonstrate a commitment to equity regarding the inclusion of woman, minorities and children in research.

20. Appreciate the type of clinical research and their relationships to career opportunities.

21. Appreciate the opportunities and challenges of multidisciplinary research. 

 

Master of Science in Medical Science

Upon completion of the Master of Science in Medical Science program, students will have the proven knowledge, skills, and attitudes to:

Knowledge

1. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the structure, function and interactions of cells, organs and organ systems.

2. Apply fundamental core concepts in the areas of cell biology, anatomy and physiology, histology, biochemistry, neurobiology, pharmacology, biomedical genetics, and public health to a culminating research problem.

3. Understand the contribution of advance biomedical science disciplines to public health.

4. Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental concepts of Biostatistics.

5. Apply knowledge and awareness of training for medical doctors in developing and achieving health and biomedical sciences career goals.

6. Apply knowledge of health equity and service to the underserved.

Skills

7.  Ability to apply critical thinking and problem solving skills across the curriculum in course content and standardized exam strategies.

8.  Critically evaluate the scientific and public health literature.

9.  Design and test hypotheses, analyze results, and effectively communicate findings relative to biomedical and public health topics.

10.  Ability to align biomedical knowledge and interests to a variety of biomedical and health career fields.

11.  Demonstrate communication skills, both verbal and written.

12.  Demonstrate improved critical thinking problem solving and test taking skills.

13.  Demonstrate cultural competence in addressing issues of community and public health.

14.  Actively engage in personal career planning within the biomedical and health disciplines.

15.  Actively engage in ongoing activities to extend awareness of health research and innovations in medical practices related to biomedical sciences.

16.  Ability to develop effective search strategies and critical evaluation of biomedical sciences and public health literature.

17.  Ability to present research and class-related course topics to peers and faculty using poster and powerpoint platforms.   

Attitudes

 18.  Demonstrate a commitment to improving health disparities.

19.  Demonstrate a commitment to the highest level of ethical standards when engaging patients within the clinical workspace.

20.  Exhibit confidence and ability to during standardized test-taking.

21.  Demonstrate collegial professionalism, connecting with peers and faculty.

22.  Serving a role model for peers and younger students within the pipeline.

23.  Demonstrate universal professionalism, connecting with society in representing themselves, the institution and the community. 

 

Master of Science in Neuroscience

Upon completion of the Master of Science in Neuroscience program, students will have the proven knowledge, skills and attitudes to:

Knowledge

 1.  Develop a basis of understanding of excitable cell physiology and detailed exposure to various neuroscience research areas and neuroscience techniques.

2.  Describe the mechanisms involved in neurobiological disease, mental disorders and potential treatments.

3.  Integrate new knowledge of basic neurobiological function and emerging neuroscience technologies with an emphasis on experimental design and critical thinking in their professional practice.

4.  Demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate the scientific literature.

Skills

 5.  Apply fundamental concepts of neuroscience and neuroscience techniques to a research problem.

6.  Demonstrate the ability to formulate adequate scientific questions and experimental design to solve specific research problems related to neuroscience.

7.  Apply laboratory skills such as planning experiments, data acquisition, data management, analysis, critical evaluation and interpretation of data to thesis-driven research.

8.  Demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in a written format with peers, researchers, and other stakeholders.  

Attitudes

9.  Demonstrate a commitment to the highest level of ethical standards and scientific practices in the conduct of neuroscience research.

10.  Promote exposure of under-represented groups to the discipline of neuroscience and its careers.