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Minor in Health Care Studies - COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

MDA 110 Contemporary Issues and Cases in Health Care (2 units)

Introduction to major issues in health care professions.  Guest lecturers and collaborative group discussions focused on problem-based cases, ethical dilemmas, and conflicts confronting health care professionals. 


MEDS 220 Preparation for the Clinical Experience (2 units)

Discussion and exercises in clinically relevant topics (professional, behavioral, patient privacy, medical ethics, cultural competency, teamwork, etc.) in preparation for experience in the clinical setting.


MEDS 260 Challenges In the Forefront of Biomedical Ethics (2 units)

Principles of contemporary bioethical theory and their application to various cases; teaching students the necessary new skills to be able to face the inevitable ethical challenges that will confront them as they navigate their careers in health care.


MEDS 300 Statistical Methods for Biomedical Research (4 units)

Basic concepts in statistics and research methods.  Familiarity with various statistical tests (parametric and non-parametric), the underlying assumptions and statistical analyses used in health fields.


MEDS 310 Cells of Human Tissues and Organs: Medical Histology (4 units)

Lectures and laboratories examining the normal phenotype of human cells and tissues as a basis for understanding pathological processes that occur in disease.


MEDS 320 Clinical Perspectives on Human Anatomy (4 units)               

Anatomical structure and function of the major regions of the human body as related to health and disease, using clinical cases, lectures and cadaveric demonstrations.


MEDS 330 Introduction to Molecular Medicine (4 units)

Molecular biological and genetic basis of common human diseases.  Use of molecular medicine to provide strategy for understanding disease processes, diagnosis and treatment.


MEDS 340 Basic Human Neuroanatomy (4 units)

Study of the human brain with emphasis on structure-functional relationships, descriptive case studies, current imaging techniques, with illustrative laboratory exercises using specimens and slides.


MEDS 350 Drugs and the Brain (4 units)                                                                                 

Effects of legal and illicit drugs on human brain function.  Introduction to commonly prescribed drugs, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and brain pathways utilized by common drug classes.


MEDS 360 Current Research Approaches in Biomedical Science (4 units)

A theoretical basis of laboratory approaches that help the biomedical or physician scientist in understanding the etiology of disease and targeting disease processes.


MEDS 430 Introduction to Clinical Problem Solving (2 units)

Opportunity to interact one-on-one with medical personnel to address specific clinical problems through the discovery of basic biological mechanisms behind the clinical problem, interactions with patients and caregivers to determine therapy.


MEDS 440 Introduction to Surgical Principles (3 units)

Provides an overview of surgery and how it impacts health care in the community.  Introduction of the spectrum of surgical care to help develop an appreciation for the role surgery plays in society.


MEDS 460 Emergency Health Care (2 units)

Principles of emergency medical services ranging from minor injuries and illnesses to advanced life-saving care.  Provides opportunity for interactive experiences with Emergency Medicine physicians and pre-hospital care providers.


MEDS 465 Wilderness and Survival Medicine (4 units)                                                

Introduction to “extreme” physiology of various medical problems unique to the wilderness setting including high altitude illness, environmental exposure, lightning injuries, and toxic plant ingestions.  A “Physiology Gone Wild” theme.


MEDS 490 Directed Research in Biomedical Science (2-4 units/semester, 8 units max.)

Receive training one-on-one with active faculty and their laboratory members or senior trainees in performing clinical, translational or fundamental biomedical science.


MEDS 490-HSC Students will receive training and experience, one-on-one, with active faculty and their laboratory members or senior trainees in performing clinical, translational or fundamental biomedical science.


MEDS 490 - CHLA Provide students with direct exposure to clinical medicine and clinical research projects

in the Emergency Department at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), hands on experience, formal sessions introducing the fundamentals of clinical research and medicine.  Students will: actively participate in data collection and enrolling patients in clinical trials, receive didactic sessions on research methodology and ethics, and directly observe health care providers.