University Bulletin 2022-23

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Biomedical Sciences

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Biomedical Sciences Administrative Staff (251) 445-9265
Chair Nancy Rice
Professors  Rice
Professor Emeritus Covey, Davis, Spector, Turrens 
Associate Professor Emeritus Stanfield
Associate Professors Mockett, Ravine, Shokolenko, Thulasiraman
Assistant Professors Gorelik, Swiger
Instructors Henry

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The Department of Biomedical Sciences educates students for successful health-related careers by providing instruction in core scientific content, encouraging critical thinking and providing active collaboration; it engages in hypothesis-driven research, embraces global diversity, and guides students to become life-long learners dedicated to enriching the scientific and healthcare community. The curriculum offers students a strong general education in the humanities, arts, and social sciences, followed by in-depth study in one of three concentrations: Pre-Health Professional Health (PHP).   Biotechnology, and Public and Global Health. The program offers an optional Honors Research Thesis (BMD 499) to qualified students consisting of a laboratory apprenticeship in biomedical research under the mentorship of a faculty scientist. Students interested in the Honors Research Thesis option should contact Dr. Robin Mockett for information. 


Pre-Health Professional (PHP)

The PHP concentration provides a strong foundation in basic human sciences, with corollary work in chemistry, math, and statistics. The PHP concentration prepares students to pursue post baccalaureate educational experiences in any biomedical discipline, including medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, optometry, as well as a Ph.D. degree in a variety of health and science related fields. In addition, this concentration offers prerequisite coursework for students wishing to pursue programs in the Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professions. 

Biotechnology (BT)

The BT concentration provides a strong foundation in basic human sciences, with an emphasis on fundamental concepts of genetics, molecular biology, and recombinant DNA technology. The core requirements have a strong applied skill-based laboratory component that further reinforces theoretical concepts. The BT concentration prepares students for entry level biotechnology jobs or post-graduate (M.S. and Ph.D.) research programs.

Public and Global Health (PGH)

The PGH concentration offers students interested in healthcare careers with a foundational knowledge of those challenges that limit the provision of health care globally. This concentration provides a strong foundation in basic human sciences, corollary work in chemistry, math, and statistics, and adds a multi-disciplinary exploration into key factors important to health and disease in resource limited areas. Students in the PGH concentration will gain knowledge of public health, global diseases, international healthcare systems, and introduction to epidemiology, as well as a basic knowledge of those social and environmental factors that impact health and disease in vulnerable populations. A BMD degree with a concentration in PGH prepares students for a tremendous diversity of graduate programs and careers in scientific research, public health, global health education, and jobs in industry and government laboratories (CDC). 


Faculty Listing

Biomedical Sciences Faculty
Gorelik, Gabriela Biomedical Sciences Assistant Professor BS, Univ of Buenos Aires
PHD, Univ of Buenos Aires
Henry, Alison K. Biomedical Sciences Instructor BS, Texas A & M University
MS, Virginia Polytechnic Inst and
EDD, University of South Alabama
Mockett, Robin J. Biomedical Sciences Associate Professor BS, Queens University
PHD, Southern Methodist University
Ravine, Terrence J. Biomedical Sciences Associate Professor BSMT, University of Akron
MS, University of Akron
PHD, Virginia Commonwealth U
Renema, Phoibe Biomedical Sciences Assistant Professor BS, Pensacola Christian College
PHD, University of South Alabama
Rice, Nancy A. Biomedical Sciences Professor BS, Western Kentucky University
PHD, Univ of Tenn Hlth Sci Center
Swiger, Brad M. Biomedical Sciences Assistant Professor BS, University of South Alabama
PHD, University of South Alabama
Thulasiraman, Padmamalini Biomedical Sciences Associate Professor BS, McGill University Quebec
MS, University of Oklahoma-Norman
PHD, University of Illinois-Urbana