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The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Graduate College Bulletin

5 - Description of Graduate Programs

5.1 - Allied Health Sciences

College of Allied Health

Allied Health Sciences
801 NE 13th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73190
(405) 271-1444

 http://alliedhealth.ouhsc.edu/Departments.aspx

Allen Knehans, PhD, Dean, Co-Program Director, David Ross Boyd Professor & Chair & Program Director, Nutritional Sciences 

Carol Dionne, PhD, Co-Program Director, Associate Professor, Physical Therapy

Stacy Anderson, MS, Chair of Medical Dosimetry and Graduate Liaison

FACULTY ROSTER
For a complete listing of the departmental graduate faculty visit this web site http://alliedhealth.ouhsc.edu/FacultyandStaff/FacultyandStaffContacts.aspx

DEGREES OFFERED

Doctor of Philosophy

Master of Science in Medical Dosimetry

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
The Doctor of Philosophy degree program in Allied Health Sciences is interdisciplinary, with areas of specialization in Nutritional Sciences and Rehabilitation Sciences.

A Master of Science degree program with specialization in medical dosimetry is designed for individuals with a baccalaureate degree and certification as a radiation therapist.  Graduates are prepared to practice medical dosimetry and contribute to the health care industry

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES FOR THE DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY
The Doctor of Philosophy degree program in Allied Health Sciences is interdisciplinary and designed to promote knowledge across disciplines and informed collaboration among disciplines. Graduates of the program will be prepared to assume leadership roles in research, education, public policy, and administration of health care services.

The individualized program is designed to meet each student's educational goals. Graduate courses from any of the departments within the College of Allied Health, the Health Sciences Center campus, or the Norman campus may be selected as a part of a student's individualized program. The interdisciplinary aspects of the program will promote expansion of knowledge across disciplines and informed collaboration among disciplines, which are hallmarks of today's research, education, and health care environments.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY
Because faculty and students work together closely in the PhD program, prior to the submission of an application a prospective student must identify a faculty member who has expertise in the applicant's area of interest, has authority to chair a PhD committee, and agrees to serve as the student’s advisor if admitted.

  • Contact the Department of Nutritional Sciences or Rehabilitation Sciences to determine compatibility of educational goals with the program
  • Go to http://alliedhealth.ouhsc.edu/FacultyandStaff/FacultyandStaffContacts.aspx for a list of faculty and their interests and research activities.
  • To see if a potential advisor has the authority to chair a doctoral committee (level 4), click on the name at http://emcf.ouhsc.edu/facappt//
  • Contact potential advisors and attain a letter or memo of support from the faculty who has agreed to mentor

To be considered for admission to the Ph.D. program after identifying a potential advisor, an applicant is evaluated based on the following criteria:

  1. Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA in graded graduate coursework and have completed an undergraduate degree in an area of science that adequately prepares them for the proposed plan of study described below;
  2. Have completed 34 credit hours of graduate coursework;
  3. A master's degree is preferred. The master's degree need not be in Nutritional Sciences or Rehabilitation Sciences. Each student's Advisory Committee reserves the right to determine the appropriateness of any graduate work previously completed by a student and may limit transfer credit. A maximum of 34 hours (NS) or 30 hours (RS) of master's degree work may be applied to the 90 hours required for the Ph.D. degree;
  4. A GRE score is required. Applicants who have matriculated from foreign institutions will also need a minimum TOEFL score of 550. The TOEFL web site is http://www.toefl.org. GRE and TOEFL scores should come from tests taken within the past two years.
  5. Submit a career goal statement, which includes a description of how the applicant expects the program to assist in meeting career goals, as well as the shared interests of the mentor and applicant. The admissions committee will consider the quality of the statement and the compatibility of the applicant’s career goals with those of the program.
  6. Submit a completed on-line application including the sections titled Application for Admission and Allied Health Supplemental. Application deadlines are July 1 for fall, December 1 for spring and May 1 for summer.
  7. All international/Non US Citizen applicants are required to have all transcripts/mark sheets processed through World Education Services (WES). WES web site is http://www.wes.org

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
The Doctor of Philosophy is an advanced degree focusing on in-depth study and research training designed to meet the needs and interests of each student. Ninety hours post-baccalaureate are required.

  1. All students are required to take core interdisciplinary and seminar courses (10 credit hours).
  2. Students must participate in the seminar course four semesters.
  3. There is a 15-18 credit hour requirement for research methods and statistic courses.
  4. There are 11-12 required individualized credit hours in an area of specialization. An individualized program for each student will be identified to meet each student’s goals. Graduate courses from any of the departments within the College of Allied Health, the Health Sciences Center Campus or Norman Campus may be selected. Existing areas of specialization are Rehabilitation Sciences and Nutritional Sciences.
  5. Up to 20 hours can be earned in doing original research for the dissertation under the supervision of faculty from the College of Allied Health.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
Graduates of these programs will be prepared to assume leadership roles in research, education, public policy, and administration of health care services.

Current Courses:  Search AHS prefix courses found online at http://apps.ouhsc.edu/StudentInfo/Courses.aspx?College=AH

5.2 - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

College of Medicine

940 Stanton L. Young Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73190
(405) 271-2227

http://basicsciences.ouhsc.edu/bmb/

William Sonntag, PhD, Interim Chair
Karla Rodgers, PhD, Graduate Program Director and Liaison

FACULTY ROSTER
For a complete listing of the departmental graduate faculty visit this web site

http://basicsciences.ouhsc.edu/bmb/Faculty.aspx

DEGREES OFFERED
Master of Science
Doctor of Philosophy

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Specific areas include studying the molecular basis of genetic, bacterial, viral and parasitic diseases in projects that include control of gene expression, DNA replication and rearrangement, cell migration, signaling mechanisms, membrane biology and membrane trafficking pathways, structural biology and assembly of macromolecular complexes, and glycobiology.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES
Our research-intensive PhD program is designed to prepare students for successful careers as independent scientists in academic research, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, health/biomedical science management or teaching.

Our recently redesigned MS program is also research-based, along with coursework designed to provide enhanced education opportunities for students who wish to extend their knowledge, experience, and opportunities for advancement in research laboratories at universities, research institutes or biotechnology companies. The curriculum, separate from that of the PhD program, emphasizes understanding of research procedures as well as development of technical and problem-solving skills.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
A baccalaureate degree and a 3.0 grade point average are required by the Graduate College. Applicants from foreign institutions whose primary language is not English must submit TOEFL scores.

A science-based undergraduate record including courses in chemistry (general and organic), biochemistry and/or molecular biology is expected.

Applications for the PhD or MS program may be submitted on-line at: http://admissions.ouhsc.edu/ProspectiveStudents/HowtoApply.aspx  

Note: When filling out the application, please use Academic Plan Code 0429R or 0429M.

In addition to the Application Form and official transcript submitted to the OUHSC Admissions Office, applicants must send the following to the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology:

  1. a copy of the application
  2. a copy of all transcripts
  3. a statement of why you wish to enter the MS program and which faculty laboratory(ies) you would like to work in
  4. three letters of recommendation from people familiar with your work
  5. GRE scores
  6. TOEFL scores if English is not your primary language

Applicants for the PhD program of the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology may also apply through the interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences (GPiBS), which combines the expertise of six programs at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Microbiology & Immunology, Neuroscience, Pathology, and Physiology. The application procedure is described in the GPiBS section of the Bulletin. An application is filed with the Office of Admissions and is accompanied by official transcripts and results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and TOEFL for foreign applicants. Three letters of recommendation, from individuals who can address the candidate’s research potential and suitability for graduate school, are also required. Successful applicants complete the multidisciplinary GPiBS first year curriculum and enter the Biochemistry & Molecular Biology program in the summer of their first year.

MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
Students complete at least 30 credit hours of study; 24 credit hours of coursework and at least 6 credit hours of research, under the direction of a faculty mentor, culminating in writing and defending a thesis.

The coursework includes a core biochemistry course, a course on techniques, instrumentation and experimental design, at least one advanced level course, a Current Issues course covering scientific ethics, report writing, regulatory issues, etc, and Journal Clubs. Students obtain practical experience in laboratory modules (5–8 weeks each) that will cover at least 5 different areas important in current biomedical research, such as molecular biology and informatics, protein purification and analysis, protein expression, immunology, cell culture and eukaryotic gene expression, and quantitative analysis. More specialized elective rotation topics include glycobiology, cell biology and virology, and biophysical methods such as mass spectrometry, calorimetry, Biacore, fluorescence spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction.

There is flexibility in the program to meet students' interests and aims, and the program for each student will be determined by the Advisory Committee in consultation with the student and mentor.

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
PhD students enroll in the common first-year Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences (GPiBS) curriculum, which includes courses covering molecular, cellular, and systemic biology. Students complete three laboratory rotations with any of the Biochemistry & Molecular Biology mentoring faculty and participate in journal club and seminars. Students successfully completing the GPiBs curriculum and choosing a faculty mentor affiliated with Biochemistry & Molecular Biology will complete their research dissertation in the Biochemistry & Molecular Biology program. Students in the MD/PhD program are also admitted directly into the second year.

A candidate for the PhD degree must complete at least 90 credit hours of academic work, including the first year GPiBS courses. In the fall semester of the second year, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology students enroll in an advanced course on structure and dynamics of macromolecules. Six credit hours of advanced elective courses are also required. All graduate students enroll in Journal Clubs each Fall and Spring semester and participate in all departmental seminars. The remaining hours are Dissertation Research.

The successful completion of a qualifying examination is required for admission to candidacy for the Doctor of Philosophy degree. It is taken after the student's satisfactory completion of the Core Curriculum, in the Spring of the second year. The exam format is for the student to write and orally defend a research proposal. The topic is chosen by the student and is separate from the student’s dissertation research. We view this exercise as a learning tool as well as an examination, and considerable guidance and feedback is given to students on how to prepare a focused, cohesive research proposal. The Graduate College rules for this examination are described elsewhere in this Bulletin, and details of the format are described in the Biochemistry & Molecular Biology handbook.

After passing the general examination the student is admitted to candidacy for the doctoral degree by the Dean of the Graduate College. The student then prepares a prospectus consisting of a description of the research problem, stating overall goals and specific aims, a survey of the relevant literature, and a specific outline of the research plan. The prospectus should be completed and approved by the Doctoral Committee by fall of the third year. A dissertation must be presented and successfully defended. For further information consult the Doctoral section of this bulletin or the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology handbook.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
The MS program of the department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology has been recently redesigned to provide enhanced education opportunities for students who wish to extend their knowledge, experience, and opportunities for advancement in research laboratories at universities, research institutes or biotechnology companies.

Our research-intensive PhD program prepares students for successful careers as independent scientists and team leaders in academic research, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, health and biomedical science management or teaching.

Current Courses:  Search BIOC prefix courses found online at http://apps.ouhsc.edu/StudentInfo/Courses.aspx?College=MED.

5.3 - Biostatistics and Epidemiology

Biostatistics and Epidemiology

College of Public Health

801 NE 13th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73190
(405) 271- 2229

www.coph.ouhsc.edu/departments/bse/default.aspx

Julie Stoner, PhD, Chair and Graduate Liaison

FACULTY ROSTER
For a complete listing of the departmental graduate faculty visit this web site http://graduate.ouhsc.edu/newfacappt/

GRADUATE DEGREES OFFERED
Master of Science
Doctor of Philosophy

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Biostatistics and Epidemiology

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES
The Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology has two main objectives:

  1. Teach the concepts of biostatistics and epidemiology essential to all students in the health sciences.
  2. Educate master's and doctoral students specializing in the fields of biostatistics or epidemiology leading to master and doctoral degrees in biostatistics or epidemiology.
  3. Although the department functions as a single administrative unit, it includes two distinct disciplines: biostatistics and epidemiology. A student may work toward a master's or doctoral degree in either discipline, depending on his or her interests and background. Each discipline has a different set of required courses; however, there is some flexibility in the program to allow each student to develop his or her strengths and interests through elective courses.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the general admission criteria outlined in the Graduate College and College of Public Health Bulletins, applicants to the Department must also meet the following criteria:

Master's Program Requirements

  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution (120 semester hours or equivalent, minimum).
  2. A minimum 3.0 grade point average in the last 60 hours Admission with full standing to   Masters degree programs requires an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 semester hours of upper division (Junior and Senior level) coursework. If at least 12 semester hours of graduate work have been taken, then the minimum GPA will be based on the graduate work. Up to 12 semester hours of work completed as a Special Student may be applied to the degree program after admission.
  3. Proof of language proficiency for international applicants; TOEFL score of 88 or above.
  4. GRE test, taken within the last 5 years, is required for all degrees and programs.
  5. Additional prerequisite requirements for the MS in Biostatistics include:
    1. Calculus and Analytic Geometry I.  Topics covered include equations of straight line; conic sections; functions, limits and continuity; differentiation; maximum-minimum theory and curve sketching. 
    2. Calculus and Analytic Geometry II. Integration and its applications; the calculus of transcendental functions; techniques of integration; and the introduction to differential equations. 
    3. Calculus and Analytic Geometry III. Polar coordinates, parametric equations, sequences, infinite series, vector analysis. 
    4. Calculus and Analytic Geometry IV. Vector calculus; functions of several variables; partial derivatives; gradients, extreme values and differentials of multivariate functions; multiple integrals; line and surface integrals.

Doctoral Program Requirements

  1. A master’s degree in either biostatistics or epidemiology from an accredited institution,provided that the academic and experience requirements for such a degree are equivalent to those required for the Master's degree at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
  2. A graduate grade point average of at least 3.5.
  3. Written evidence of research experience, if available. These materials will be evaluated for creativity and overall quality. Special preference will be given to applicants with research experience.
  4. 4.  Proof of language proficiency for international applicants: TOEFL score of 88 or above.
  5. GRE test, taken within the last 5 years, is required for all degrees and programs.
  6. Additional prerequisite requirements for the Doctoral degree in Biostatistics include:
    1. Calculus and Analytic Geometry I.  Topics covered include equations of straight lines;   Conic sections; functions, limits and continuity; differentiation, maximum- minimumtheory and curve stretching. 
    2. Calculus and Analytic Geometry II. Integration and its applications; the calculus of transcendental functions; techniques of integration; and the introduction to differential equations. 
    3. Calculus and Analytic Geometry III. Polar coordinates, parametric equations, sequences, infinite series, vector analysis.  
    4. Calculus and Analytic Geometry IV. Vector calculus; functions of several variables; partial derivatives; gradients, extreme values and differentials of multivariate functions; multiple integrals; line and surface integrals. 
    5. A course in Linear Algebra

Application Process

All applicants who wish to apply for admission to the Master of Science or Doctoral degree programs in Biostatistics or Epidemiology must apply, submit, and pay the fees for two electronic applications:

            1.  Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS)
            2.  College of Public Health Supplemental Application.

A complete application to the OU College of Public Health will include:

1.  Completed SOPHAS application (www.sophas.org) and payment of required fee. The following materials must be loaded into or received by SOPHAS: 

Transcripts

U.S. applicants
SOPHAS requires a separate official transcript from every U.S. and Canadian institution attended.

International applicants:  
International applicants are required to submit transcripts/mark sheets to the World Education Services (www.wes.org) for a course-by-course evaluation. Applicants should designate SOPHAS to receive the evaluation.

SOPHAS mailing address:
SOPHAS
P.O. Box 9111
Watertown, MA 02471

GRE test scores

Applicants are required to submit an official GRE score, taken within the last 5 years. SOPHAS should be designated to receive the scores by using the designation code #4244.

Career goal statement

This personal essay should be created in a word processing program and pasted into the online SOPHAS application. Complete instructions are within the SOPHAS application.

Current CV/ Résumé:

The SOPHAS application allows applicants to upload the CV or résumé before electronically submitting the application. It is not possible to upload the resume to the SOPHAS application after e-submission of the application.

Recommendations

Three letters of academic or professional recommendation are preferable (personal references are not encouraged). Applicants will list recommenders’ contact information and SOPHAS will send the recommenders instructions concerning how to submit their recommendations electronically through an online SOPHAS recommenders’ portal. Recommendations must be submitted electronically.

International applicants’ English language proficiency

International applicants are required to submit TOEFL scores to SOPHAS using the designation code #5688. Minimum acceptable TOEFL score for most programs is 88 IBT. IELTS or other language proficiency tests will not be accepted. Additional information about the TOEFL requirement is available at OUHSC's TOEFL page.

2.   The University of Oklahoma College of Public Health supplemental application and fee

All applicants to the OU College of Public Health are required to submit a supplemental application and fee. The supplemental application is available at: https://apps.ouhsc.edu/admissions/.

Applicants must select the same program/s in the supplemental application as in the SOPHAS application. The fee for the supplemental application is $100 if the applicant selects two professional programs (MPH, MHA, DrPH, Certificate of Public Health). If the applicant selects one professional program and one graduate program (MS or PhD), the fee for the supplemental application is $175. If the applicant selects only graduate programs, the fee is $75.

MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
The Master of Science (MS) degree is a research oriented degree offered in the area of biostatistics or epidemiology. Requirements for admission are the same as for all MS degree programs in the Graduate College and are described elsewhere in this bulletin. Additionally, the department requires three letters of reference and a statement of career goals.

Graduation requirements include a minimum of 39 semester hours (for the MS in Biostatistics) or 40 semester hours (for the MS in Epidemiology), including no more than 4 semester hours credit for BSE 5980 (Research for Master's Thesis).

The OUTLINE OF GRADUATE WORK for the MASTER OF SCIENCE in BIOSTATISTICS is as follows:

I. Preliminary work necessary to meet departmental requirements.

II. MAJOR DEPARTMENT COURSES.

Department

Course No.

Course Title

Credit Hours

BSE

BSE

BSE

BSE

BSE

BSE

BSE

BSE

BSE

5001

5013

5111

5113

5163

5173

5703

5733

5980

Problems in Biostatistics & Epidemiology

Applications of Microcomputers to Data Analysis

Scientific Integrity in Research

Principles of Epidemiology

Biostatistics Methods I

Biostatistical Methods II

Principles of the Theory of Probability

Principles of Mathematical Statistics I

Research for Master's Thesis

1

3

1

3

3

3

3

3

4

Plus at least six additional hours in applied biostatistics courses numbered above 5163

Plus at least six additional hours in epidemiology 6

III. Only ONE of the following courses to be taken outside the major department:

Department

Course No.

Course Title

Credit Hours

HAP
OEH
HPS

5453
5013
5213

U.S. Health Care Systems
Environmental Health
Social & Behavioral Sciences in
Public Health

3
3
3

Total hours 39

The OUTLINE OF GRADUATE WORK for the MASTER OF SCIENCE in EPIDEMIOLOGY is as follows:

I. Preliminary work necessary to meet departmental requirements.

II. MAJOR DEPARTMENT COURSES.

Department

Course No.

Course Title

Credit Hours

BSE

BSE

BSE

BSE

BSE

BSE

BSE

BSE

 

BSE

5001

5013

5111

5113

5163

5193

6194

5980

5303

 

Problems in Biostatistics & Epidemiology

Applications of Microcomputers to Data Analysis

Scientific Integrity in Research

Principles of Epidemiology

Biostatistics Methods I

Intermediate Epidemiologic Methods

Advanced Epidemiologic Methods

Research Master’s Thesis

Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases

OR

Epidemiology & Prevention of Chronic Diseases

1

3

1

3

3

3

4

4

3

 

3

Plus at least six additional hours in epidemiology 6
Plus at least six additional hours in applied biostatistics courses numbered above 5163 6

III. Courses to be taken outside the major department:

***ONLY ONE OF THE FOLLOWING***

Department

Course No.

Course Title

Credit Hours

HAP
OEH
HPS

5453
5013
5213

U.S. Health Care Systems
Environmental Health
Social & Behavioral Sciences in Public Health

3
3
3

Total hours 40

With written approval of both the departmental chair and the chair of the offering department, a more advanced course may be substituted for any of the core courses. A comprehensive written and/or oral examination is required of each candidate. Other degree requirements will be identified when the student prepares the outline of graduate work in consultation with his/her advisor.

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is an advanced, research-oriented degree program requiring in-depth study and research in a particular area in biostatistics or epidemiology. General requirements for admission and completion of the degree are consistent with those applicable to all PhD programs as described elsewhere in this bulletin. An applicant must present a master's degree in biostatistics or epidemiology. In addition, three of the five M.P.H. core courses are required. A minimum of 90 semester hours, excluding credit for research tools and including a maximum of 40 hours of transfer credit, must be presented for the degree. No more than 25 hours will be allowed for work related to the dissertation (6980).

All courses, including those related to research tools, must be approved by the student's advisory committee. An advisory committee appointed by the Graduate College upon recommendation of the department will supervise each student's program of study and monitor all coursework. Composed of at least five members, the committee must include at least one representative of a department other than the major one. Defense of the dissertation must be completed within five years of the end of the semester in which the general examination was successfully completed; otherwise, coursework must be revalidated.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
The programs are designed to prepare students for careers in health agencies and health-related institutions; for consultation, especially in biomedical fields; for independent biostatistical and epidemiological research; and for academic careers in schools of medicine or public health.

Current Courses:  Search BSE prefix courses found online at

http://apps.ouhsc.edu/StudentInfo/Courses.aspx?College=PH

5.4 - Cell Biology

College of Medicine

Cell Biology

940 Stanton L. Young Blvd.
 Oklahoma City, OK 73190
 (405) 271-2377

http://http://basicsciences.ouhsc.edu/cb/Home.aspx

Robert E. Anderson, MD, PhD, Interim Chair

Jody Summers PhD, Graduate Liaison

FACULTY ROSTER
For a complete listing of the departmental graduate faculty visit this web site http://basicsciences.ouhsc.edu/cb/People/Primary.aspx

DEGREES OFFERED
Doctor of Philosophy

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Developmental biology, retinal biochemistry; gene regulation, neurobiology of sensory systems, autonomic and cardiovascular pharmacology, nerve regeneration, cell cycle, cancer biology, and cell signaling mechanisms

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES
The graduate program is designed to prepare individuals for academic and research careers in cell biology. Students are encouraged to obtain a broad background in the various disciplines and develop and pursue a research project in one of the areas of scientific investigation currently available in the department.

All degree candidates are encouraged to participate in teaching courses offered by the department. Each student will work with a departmental faculty advisor and a committee composed primarily of departmental faculty members. To fulfill students' specialized needs and interests, the department offers advanced courses taught by faculty whose expertise is closely related to the contents of the course work. Students may also choose curricula that emphasize anatomical or pharmacological studies. Related biomedical courses taught by other departments in the University also are available.

Graduate assistantships and fellowships are available to qualified students on a competitive basis.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
The department of Cell Biology is a participant in the new interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences (GPiBS), which combines the expertise of the six programs at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Microbiology & Immunology, Neuroscience, Pathology and Physiology. Students wishing to enter the Cell Biology graduate program apply to GPiBS as described in the GPiBS section of the Bulletin. An application is filed with the Office of Admissions and is accompanied by official transcripts and results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and TOEFL for foreign applicants. Three letters of recommendation, from individuals who can address the candidate’s research potential and suitability for graduate school, are also required.

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
Candidates for the PhD degree must meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. 90 credit hours acceptable to the student's graduate committee;
  2. obtain at least a B average in the required graduate courses (Integrated Core Curriculum, Cellular and Molecular Developmental Biology, Statistics);
  3. attendance and participation in departmental seminar activity and Journal Club;
  4. successful completion of a comprehensive qualifying examination;
  5. a research proposal, original investigation, written dissertation, and general dissertation defense (A maximum of 60 credit hours is allowed for dissertation research.)

At the discretion of the Graduate Education Committee, equivalent courses from other accredited institutions may be substituted for any of the requirements.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
The interdisciplinary nature of the Cell Biology Graduate program provides students with the breadth of knowledge and technical acumen that is highly sought in today's competitive job market. Graduates from the Cell Biology program have numerous exciting career opportunities in academia, industry, the government, and the private sector. Graduates can devote their careers to full-time research at government-sponsored laboratories or the pharmaceutical industry. Alternatively, a graduate can choose a career in academia, which includes teaching and/or performing basic science research at universities and medical schools.

Current Courses:  Search Cell Biology prefix courses found online at http://apps.ouhsc.edu/studentinfo/Courses.aspx?College=MED

5.5 - Clinical and Translational Science

Graduate College

Clinical and Translational Science

1105 North Stonewall, Ste. 258

Oklahoma City, OK 73117

(405) 271-2085

MS in CTS web site 

H. Anne Pereira, PhD, Program Director/Dean of Graduate College

Julie A. Stoner, PhD, Graduate College Liaison

FACULTY ROSTER

For a complete listing of the departmental graduate faculty, visit this website

http://graduate.ouhsc.edu/GraduatePrograms/MSPrograms/ClinicalandTranslationalScience/CTS.aspx

DEGREES OFFERED

Master of Science

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION

Clinical and Translational Sciences

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

The goal of the MS in CTS program is to prepare health professionals to become competent in the methodological foundations and conduct of clinical and translational research.

Participants will develop competencies related to principles of qualitative research methods, quantitative research methods, clinical and translational research process and design, informatics, effective oral and written communication, human research ethics and responsible conduct of research, cultural competency, research management, and professionalism and career development.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Individuals applying for acceptance may come from a wide variety of educational and work-related backgrounds, but must possess a professional doctoral degree.  Applicants who do not possess a professional doctoral degree may apply only after receiving written permission from Julie Stoner, PhD, Graduate College Liaison for the MS in CTS Degree Program.

Application for the MS in CTS program is available on the Graduate College web site.

Applicants must submit:

  1. official transcripts from all universities attended
  2. current curriculum vitae or resume
  3. three letters of reference
  4. personal statement
  5. summary of a proposed thesis research project
  6. identification of an OUHSC faculty mentor
  7. proposed mentor's 5-page NIH biosketch

30.8 MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

This degree program requires total of 33 credit hours consisting of didactic study and experiential practicum, and a mentored research project including a thesis.   Students are required to take 7 core courses (18 credit hours), 2 elective courses (6 credit hours), and research hours (9 credit hours).

5.6 - Communication Sciences and Disorders

Communication Sciences and Disorders
825 NE 14th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73190
(405) 271- 4214

http://alliedhealth.ouhsc.edu/Departments/CommunicationSciencesandDisorders.aspx 

Carole Johnson, PhD, Chair
Andrew John, PhD, Graduate Liaison
 

FACULTY ROSTER
For a complete listing of the departmental graduate faculty visit this web site  http://alliedhealth.ouhsc.edu/Departments/CommunicationSciencesandDisorders/FacultyandStaff.aspx 

DEGREES OFFERED
Master of Science
Doctor of Philosophy

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology

PROGRAM OBJECTIVE

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders offers the following degrees through the Graduate College: The Master of Science (MS) degree in speech-language pathology (with thesis) and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in the areas of audiology and speech-language pathology. The department also offers the professional doctorate in audiology (Au.D.) and the professional Master of Arts degree in speech-language pathology (M.A.) through the College of Allied Health. Information about all of the department’s programs may be found at http://alliedhealth.ouhsc.edu/Departments/CommunicationSciencesandDisorders.aspx 

 Contact information for the different program advisors may also be found at that site.

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is located in the John W. Keys Speech and Hearing Center. This modern, self-contained speech and hearing Center accommodates nearly all academic pursuits as well as department-operated service programs in audiology and speech-language pathology. Ongoing research into normal and disordered processes of human communication is focused in both clinical and basic science areas. State-of-the-art instrumentation is available.

Service programs operated by the Department provide primary practicum sites for educating audiologists and speech-language pathologists. Audiology services include routine hearing and hearing-aid evaluations, hearing-aid dispensing, special physiological tests of auditory function, and aural (re)habilitation protocols. Speech-language pathology services are available for children and adults who present the full array of disorders including those affecting articulation/phonology, language, fluency, and voice. Special diagnostic and treatment programs are available for neurogenic disorders, childhood language disorders, and voice disorders. Additionally, a cleft palate-craniofacial clinic and a diagnostic and staffing conference on speech and language disorders bring together expertise from several disciplines to address complex diagnostic and treatment problems. The department also operates a preschool program for children with developmental language impairments. Where appropriate, diagnostic decisions and management strategies in all areas evolve from an interdisciplinary approach to the amelioration of human communication disorders.

Graduate students in practicum may participate in service programs operated by a number of cooperating agencies, including the Veterans Administration Medical Center, the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, and rehabilitation clinics within several hospitals, private clinics, and public schools.

Assistantships of varying amounts are available to qualified students on both the master's and doctoral levels.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Individuals applying to either the MS or the PhD program must meet all minimum Graduate College and departmental requirements for admission, including submission of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores and scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), if applicable. Applicants must also submit letters of recommendation from three academic sources and complete an interview with a graduate CSD faculty member or faculty admissions committee. Additional details about admission requirements for the MS and PhD programs can be found via links at the following website:

http://alliedhealth.ouhsc.edu/Departments/CommunicationSciencesandDisorders.aspx . Other detailed information about admission and enrollment procedures may be obtained through correspondence with the department chair, the department’s graduate liaison, and/or the Office of Admissions and Records.

MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
The Master of Science (MS) degree is designed to provide students with the knowledge base and research skills essential for admission into a PhD program in speech-language pathology. This degree sequence is suitable for individuals who seek careers in speech, language, or hearing research but who do not intend to practice clinical speech-language pathology.

The MS program of study integrates three curriculum strands: a) scientific and theoretical knowledge in speech-language pathology, b) computer tools and statistical techniques for data analysis, and c) original research culminating in the oral defense of an approved written thesis. Students will complete 46 credit hours of coursework, including seven hours of pre-thesis research-related courses (laboratory rotations, directed readings, and a course in research foundations), six hours of basic statistics, and four hours of thesis research. Students will engage in mentored research activities in a number of their courses and must secure Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval before initiating any research project. Many of the credit hours required for the MS degree can also be counted toward the credits needed to complete the PhD in speech-language pathology.

Students in the MS program will work under the supervision of an approved three-member graduate faculty committee to complete original thesis research. The committee must approve the written thesis and the oral defense before the degree can be awarded. Students will be asked to present their research findings at a scientific conference and will be encouraged submit their work for publication in a refereed journal.

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
The Doctor of Philosophy degree is an advanced degree focusing on in-depth study and research training in speech-language pathology, audiology, speech sciences, or hearing sciences. A minimum of 90 post-baccalaureate semester hours are required for the degree. Students complete 25 semester hours of core doctoral coursework during the first year of enrollment and thereafter pursue approved individualized programs of study. Dissertation research may be conducted in either basic or applied scientific domains. A maximum of 15 semester hours of dissertation credit may be counted toward the 90-semester hour minimum required for the degree. Credit hours earned in clinical practicum may not be counted toward the minimum requirements for the degree. Doctoral students must enroll in dissertation research no later than the first semester following satisfactory completion of the general examination. If requirements for the doctoral degree are not completed within five years subsequent to the satisfactory completion of the general examination, the student's doctoral committee must approve further enrollment in dissertation research and must reassess the currency of the student's knowledge of the field of study. Similar reassessment will be made annually thereafter until the degree requirements are met. Students must have the explicit permission of their advisory committees to complete the dissertation in absentia.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
Graduates of the speech-language pathology and audiology programs have found employment in a variety of settings. Department of Labor projections indicate continuance of a favorable employment status for both professions through 2016 and beyond. Career opportunities for speech-language pathologists (M.A. degree) include: hospital based practice; private practice; K-12 educational systems; university clinics; and home health providers. Audiologists (Au.D. degree) also enjoy a favorable employment outlook based on national forecast data and employment opportunities include: private practice; hospital based practice; medical clinic practice; university practice; and hearing conservation consultation opportunities. Graduates of the MS program are prepared for admission into PhD programs in speech-language pathology and are well-qualified for employment as laboratory research assistants. Graduates of the PhD program in either speech-language pathology or audiology are in great demand nationally for employment in university and administrative settings.

Current Courses:  Search CSD prefix courses found online at http://apps.ouhsc.edu/StudentInfo/Courses.aspx?College=AH

5.7 - Genetic Counseling

College of Medicine

Genetic Counseling

OU Medical Center
OUHCP, Room 12100
1200 N. Phillips
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
(405) 271-8685

Klaas Wierenga, MD, Program Medical Director

Susan Hassed, MS, CGC, Licensed Genetic Counselor, Program Director and Graduate Liaison
Erin Youngs, MS., LCGC, Program Assistant Director

PROGRAM INFORMATION
For a detailed description of the program, go to http://www.oumedicine.com/pediatrics/department-sections/genetics/education-training/ms-in-genetic-counseling

DEGREE OFFERED
Master of Science

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES
The Master of Science in Genetic Counseling is centered in the Department of Pediatrics of the College of Medicine, but involves close collaboration with other departments in the College of Medicine, the College of Public Health, and the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. The overall objective of the program is to educate and train master level candidates to become capable of providing genetic counseling to patients and families with known or suspected genetic conditions and to perform basic and/or clinical research in all areas of genetics.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

BS/BA in biology, sociology, psychology, or a related field with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or greater in upper division courses

  1. Required Completed Coursework - Biology (two semesters); General Chemistry (two semesters); Organic Chemistry (two semesters); Biochemistry (one semester); Genetics; General Sociology or Psychology (one semester); Abnormal Psychology (one semester); Statistics, Research Methods, or Experimental Design (one semester)
  2. Completed Course Work, Recommended, if available - Molecular Genetics; Embryology; Anatomy; Medical Terminology; Upper Division Sociology and/or Psychology; Basic Computer Proficiency
  3. Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  4. 500 word essay addressing the choice of genetic counseling as a career
  5. Three letters of recommendation
  6. Any international applicant whose native language is not English and who does not have a master’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. graduate school, is required to submit a minimum score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The test must have been taken within the two years immediately preceding the requested semester of admission. An original score report is required. Any international applicant who is a resident alien should submit a copy of the Resident alien card along with the application for Admission.

MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
Taken on a full-time basis, course work will require twenty-one months of study. The total time for classroom courses, practicums, and thesis will be 48 semester hours. Didactic course work will encompass medical genetics, psychosocial theory, counseling techniques, applied clinical and molecular genetics, and cytogenetics. A major element of the educational program will be clinical practicums to provide the students with supervised actual experience in clinical genetics, prenatal diagnosis counseling, cancer genetics counseling, clinical metabolic genetics, and laboratory techniques in cytogenetics, and molecular genetics.

Candidates for the Master of Science in Genetic Counseling must meet requirements for the master’s degree as described elsewhere in this bulletin. The full 48 hours of course work must be completed with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 as well as attendance and/or participation in departmental journal club, grand rounds, clinic case conferences, committee meetings, teaching opportunities, and support group meetings is required. There must be satisfactory completion of a thesis proposal:  an original investigation, a written thesis, and oral comprehensive defense examination.  You may submit the essay via email to Susan Hassed at the email address above.

Application deadline is February 1st of the year of admission.  Application can be made online at http://admissions.ouhsc.edu/ProspectiveStudents/HowtoApply.aspx

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
Genetic counseling as a profession includes positions in private industry, laboratories, research units, and private physician groups as well as in academic centers. Many genetic counselors function as co-investigators or primary investigators for varied projects from clinical studies to laboratory investigations including work on the Genome project. For more detailed information about genetic counseling as a career visit the website for the National Society of Genetic Counselors at http://www.nsgc.org/

Current Courses:  Search GENC prefix courses found online at http://apps.ouhsc.edu/StudentInfo/Courses.aspx?College=GRAD

5.8 - Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences (GPiBS)

College of Medicine

Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences (GPiBS)

P.O. Box 26901, BMSB 332
Oklahoma City, OK 73190
Phone: (405) 271-2489

GPIBS web site

Eric W. Howard, PhD, Director and Graduate Liaison

M.Caleb Marlin, PhD, Assistant-Director 

Vacant, Coordinator, Special Programs

FACULTY ROSTER
For a complete listing of the graduate faculty visit this web site http://graduate.ouhsc.edu/Faculty/ApplytobeaFacultyMember.aspx - 14572582-graduate-faculty-list

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES
The Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences (GPiBS) is an interdisciplinary program offered by the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. It combines the expertise of six participating departments and programs: Departments of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Oklahoma Center for Neuroscience, Microbiology & Immunology Pathology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Physiology.  GPiBS offers an interdisciplinary curriculum designed to provide students with a breadth of knowledge that will prepare them for their subsequent graduate studies. Students will graduate with a PhD degree from one of the participating departments or programs.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Students should have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 and have completed an undergraduate degree in an area of science that adequately prepares them for the proposed plan of study described below. A GRE score is required. Applicants who have matriculated from foreign institutions will also need to have successfully completed the TOEFL. GRE and TOEFL scores should come from tests taken within the past two years. In addition, three letters of recommendation from individuals who can address the candidate’s research potential and preparedness for graduate school is needed.  Applicants must also submit a Goals/Purpose Statement.

Students are encouraged to apply by February 15th in order to secure a position in next year's class.  However, late applications will be considered.  Our Admissions Committee starts reviewing applications in December and normally have their decisions made for acceptance by March.  Following the submission of an application, the materials will be reviewed and select candidates will be invited for an interview, the cost of which will be paid by the program. Following the interview, a final decision will be made and candidates will be notified.

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
During the first year, students will complete interdisciplinary course work emphasizing molecular aspects of cell and organismal biology, along with up to four research rotations that can span multiple programs. During the second GPiBS semester, students will select a specific program or department (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Neuroscience, Microbiology & Immunology, Pathology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, or Physiology) for their dissertation research. After GPiBS, students will focus on their research, take advanced classes relevant to their area of specialization, and participate in other departmental/programmatic activities, including journal clubs, seminars, and electives.

5.9 - Health Promotion Sciences

College of Public Health

Health Promotion Sciences
801 NE 13th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73190
(405) 271- 2017

http://publichealth.ouhsc.edu/AboutUs/Departments/HealthPromotionSciences.aspx

Thomas A. Teasdale, Dr.PH, Chair

FACULTY ROSTER
For a complete listing of the departmental graduate faculty visit this web site 

http://publichealth.ouhsc.edu/FacultyandStaff/FacultyandStaffContacts.aspx

GRADUATE DEGREES OFFERED
Master of Science
Doctor of Philosophy

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Faculty expertise in health promotion sciences (HPS) includes anthropology, family studies, gerontology, health disparities, health education, health promotion, nutrition, program planning and evaluation, research methods, sociology, social work, and other related disciplines.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES
The Department of Health Promotion Sciences prepares public health professionals for leadership roles in the development, promotion, and application of social and behavioral science theory and methods for solving community health problems. Courses and degree programs are directed toward students who wish to pursue a career in health promotion and those already in specialized disciplines who seek supporting knowledge in the field.  In addition to the degree requirements established for the College of Public Health, departmental requirements for degree programs may apply.  Most courses are offered in the late afternoon and evening for the convenience of practicing professionals.

MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
The Master of Science (MS) degree in HPS is oriented toward research in the specialty area within public health. Requirements for admission are the same as for all MS degree programs in the Graduate College and are described elsewhere in this bulletin.

Graduation requirements include a minimum of 36 semester hours and a thesis, with no more than four semester hours allowed for work related to the thesis (5980). At least three of the five core courses required of the M.P.H. degree must be included in the MS requirements. With written approval of both the student's departmental chair and the chair of the offering department, a more advanced course may be substituted for any of the core courses. All degree candidates are required to successfully defend their thesis.

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in HPS is an advanced, research-oriented degree designed for those intending to pursue research or teaching in the field.  General requirements for admission and completion of the degree are consistent with those applicable to all PhD programs as described elsewhere in this bulletin.  Acceptance into the Health Promotion Sciences program requires a Master’s degree in Public health (or relevant Master’s degree), completion of the five core public health courses, GPA ≥ 3.50, suitable GRE or TOEFL scores, an example of prior writing, and a statement of your purpose for seeking this degree program.  Prospective students are encouraged to contact a HPS faculty member who could be a potential mentor. Conditional admittance on probationary status may be conferred for students who do not meet all of the admission requirements.

Conditional admittance may be conferred for students who do not meet all of the admission requirements. A minimum of 60 semester hours post-masters must be presented for the degree. No more than 30 hours will be allowed for work related to the dissertation (6980).

The curriculum is composed of HPS Core courses (9 hours), Research Methods (15 hours), a minor field (9 hours) and coursework in a substantive area (15 hours).  Minor and substantive area requirements must be approved by the student's advisory committee.  The comprehensive exam is composed of individual exams in three areas: Theory, Methods, and Substantive Area.  The Theory and Methods portions of the exam are departmental exams with no fewer than three evaluators.  Any faculty member in the department can submit questions and serve as an evaluator. The Substantive Area exam will be given by the student's dissertation committee.  The five-member dissertation committee will be composed of 3 faculty members from HPS, 1 from COPH or the substantive area and 1 member from the minor area.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in HPS is an advanced, research-oriented degree designed for those intending to pursue research or teaching in the field.  General requirements for admission and completion of the degree are consistent with those applicable to all PhD programs as described elsewhere in this bulletin.  Acceptance into the Health Promotion Sciences program requires a Master’s degree in Public health (or relevant Master’s degree), completion of the five core public health courses, GPA ≥ 3.50, suitable GRE or TOEFL scores, an example of prior writing, and a statement of your purpose for seeking this degree program.  Prospective students are encouraged to contact a HPS faculty member who could be a potential mentor. Conditional admittance on probationary status may be conferred for students who do not meet all of the admission requirements.

Conditional admittance may be conferred for students who do not meet all of the admission requirements. A minimum of 60 semester hours post-masters must be presented for the degree. No more than 30 hours will be allowed for work related to the dissertation (6980).

The curriculum is composed of HPS Core courses (9 hours), Research Methods (15 hours), a minor field (9 hours) and coursework in a substantive area (15 hours).  Minor and substantive area requirements must be approved by the student's advisory committee.  The comprehensive exam is composed of individual exams in three areas: Theory, Methods, and Substantive Area.  The Theory and Methods portions of the exam are departmental exams with no fewer than three evaluators.  Any faculty member in the department can submit questions and serve as an evaluator. The Substantive Area exam will be given by the student's dissertation committee.  The five-member dissertation committee will be composed of 3 faculty members from HPS, 1 from COPH or the substantive area and 1 member from the minor area. Current Courses:  Search HPS prefix courses found online at http://apps.ouhsc.edu/StudentInfo/Courses.aspx?College=PH

5.10 - Microbiology and Immunology

College of Medicine

Microbiology and Immunology

940 Stanton L. Young Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73190
(405) 271-2133
www.oumedicine.com/mi

Jimmy Ballard, PhD, Chair
Molly Hill, PhD, Graduate Liaison

FACULTY ROSTER
For a complete listing of the departmental graduate faculty visit this web site

http://www.oumedicine.com/mi/faculty

DEGREES OFFERED
Doctor of Philosophy

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Microbial Pathogenesis and Immunology:  Special emphasis on molecular and immunological mechanisms of diseases caused by human pathogens as well as emphasis on immune response to infections, autoimmunity, T and B cell development and MHC function.

PROGRAMS OBJECTIVES
The doctoral program prepares students for careers in academia and industry in the research areas of microbiology and immunology. The curriculum is designed to provide a solid scientific background and includes advanced courses utilizing the expertise of our faculty members. Research areas include bacterial toxins, Lyme disease, bacterial genetics, role of outer membrane lipid remodeling in Gram-negative pathogenesis, bacterial endophthalmitis, fungal biology and pathogenesis,B lymphocyte biology, NKT cells and humoral immunity, host immune response to Herpes simplex viruses, autoimmunity , role of major histocompatibility complex molecules in cancer and infection, and the role of IL-22 in inflamed tissues..

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
The department of Microbiology and Immunology is a participant in the interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences (GPiBS), which combines the expertise of the six programs at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Microbiology & Immunology, Neuroscience, Pathology and Physiology. Students wishing to enter the Microbiology and Immunology graduate program to obtain a PhD degree should apply to GPiBS as described in the GPiBS section of the Bulletin. An application is filed with the Office of Admissions and is accompanied by official transcripts and results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and TOEFL for foreign applicants. Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can address the candidate’s research potential and suitability for graduate school are also required.

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
Students interested in the PhD degree in Microbiology and Immunology are required to take a minimum of 90 hours of graduate work of which at least 45 hours are MI 6980 (Research for Doctor’s Dissertation) and complete a dissertation based on original research. All PhD students must complete the core courses offered in the first semester through the GPiBS program.  Subsequent courses are offered by the Department and include the following:  Basic Immunology (MI 6032), Immunity in Disease(MI 6111), Basic Bacteriology (MI 5320), Basic Microbiology (MI 6301), Molecular Microbiology (MI 6501) and Molecular Virology (MI 6321). Other optional courses may be offered by the Department. In the second year students are required to take Microbial Pathogenesis (MI 6853), Advanced Immunology (MI 6483), Special Studies (MI 5990) and Scientific Grant Writing (MI 6601). In addition, all PhD candidates take MI 6980, Research for the Doctoral Dissertation. PhD students are required to present seminars (variable number of hours) in MI 5971, Seminar. The remainder of the PhD degree program is completed with graduate level courses in this or in other departments of the University. Requirements for any of the individual core courses may be waived by the departmental orientation committee with sufficient evidence of equivalent prior course completion. A student may transfer up to 44 hours of graduate course work taken elsewhere depending upon the decision of the student’s advisory committee and the Graduate College (described elsewhere in Bulletin).

For admission to candidacy for the PhD degree, the student must pass a written and oral qualifying examination. The examination is offered once a year and should be completed by the end of the second year.

Financial support is provided to qualified students entering the program.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
Students who complete a PhD program in Microbiology and Immunology find future employment in research and/or teaching at academic institutions, research institutes, biotechnology companies and pharmaceutical companies. In addition, positions are available in clinical laboratory settings.

Current Courses:  Search MI prefix courses found online at http://apps.ouhsc.edu/StudentInfo/Courses.aspx?College=MED

5.11 - Neuroscience

College of Medicine

Neuroscience

975 NE 10th Street, Room 272
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
(405) 271- 6267

www.oumedicine.com/ocns

Beverley Greenwood-Van Meerveld, PhD, Director, Oklahoma Center for Neuroscience

John Campbell, PhD, Associate Director of Special Programs

Rheal Towner, PhD, Associate Director of Student Affairs, Graduate Liaison

Calin Prodan, MD, Associate Director for Clinical Research

Dimitrios Karamichos,PhD, Associate Director of Research

 

 

FACULTY ROSTER
For a complete listing of the departmental graduate faculty visit this web site http://www.oumedicine.com/ocns/faculty

DEGREES OFFERED

Master of Science (Non-Thesis)
Doctor of Philosophy

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES
The Graduate Program in Neuroscience emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach to understand the structure and function of the normal and diseased nervous system. The diversity of research represented in this program spans focus areas from molecular neuroscience and systems neurobiology, to functional neuroscience. Molecular neuroscience involves biochemical investigations at the cellular and molecular levels and includes studies on neurotransmitter systems, pharmacology of neurotransmission, interactions of drugs with receptors, gene regulation, molecular biology of neurological disease, and mechanisms of signal transduction. Systems neurobiology encompasses studies of multi-neuronal networks that range from neural circuitry underlying the control of cardiac and respiratory function to endocrine control, stress and pain mechanisms. Functional neuroscience includes the disciplines of neurology, biological psychology, and behavioral neuroscience. Students in the Graduate Program in Neuroscience are exposed to all focus areas, providing a strong inter-disciplinary foundation on which to build comprehensive and innovative research programs.

Students in the PhD program in neuroscience currently enter through either the Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences (GPiBS), which serves as a gateway into the basic science graduate programs at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center or directly into the Neuroscience Program. First year graduate students entering through GPiBS complete interdisciplinary coursework emphasizing molecular aspects of cell and organismal biology, along with research rotation(s)during the first year. First year graduate students entering directly into the Neuroscience program complete the first semester of the inter-disciplinary coursework emphasizing molecular aspects of cell biology, the second semester they complete Medical Neuroscience, along with research rotation(s). After the first year, graduate students in neuroscience complete advanced neuroscience coursework and their dissertation research.  A total of 90 credit hours are required for a PhD in Neuroscience.

An application is filed with the Office of Admissions and is accompanied by official transcripts and results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and TOEFL for foreign applicants. Three letters of recommendation that address the candidate’s research potential and suitability for graduate school and a goals/purpose statement are also required.

Students who already have a Master’s degree or those who have completed graduate level coursework equivalent to the GPiBS curriculum and wish to apply for a PhD should contact directly the Graduate Program in Neuroscience. Admission for the non-thesis MS degree is also routed directly through the Graduate Program in Neuroscience. For more information about admission into the Graduate Program in Neuroscience, please call (405)271-6267.

 

MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
Admission requirements are the same for the MS degree as for the doctoral program. The Master of Science program has the option of a non-thesis master’s degree with a minimum of 33 credit hours (3.0 GPA on all graduate level coursework). The course work consists of required or core courses and elective courses selected based on individualized career plans. A maximum of 8 graduate credit hours can be transferred from other institutions. For the non thesis masters degree, a satisfactory performance on a comprehensive exam is required.

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
All doctoral students must successfully complete 90 credit hours of course work, pass a written and oral qualifying examination, and defend their dissertation research in a public forum. In addition, students will be required to participate in the Seminar Series, Neuroscience Symposium, Neuro Nights and take the following courses: Neurobiology of Disease, Neuroanatomy, Neurophysiology, Neuroscience Journal Club, Current Topics in Neuroscience, and Neuroscience Methods.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
The interdisciplinary nature of the Graduate Program in Neuroscience provides students with the breadth of knowledge and technical acumen that is highly sought in today’s competitive job market. Therefore, individuals who graduate with a PhD in Neuroscience have a number of exciting and rewarding career opportunities in academic research, biotechnology, pharmaceutical companies, teaching, medical and technical writing, and health and bioscience management.

Career opportunities in neuroscience are expected to increase with countless diseases affecting the nervous system still in need of a cure. The importance of Neuroscience is better shown by the listed statistics. An estimated 4.5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease and that number expected to double by 2025 and an estimated 400,000 Americans have Multiple Sclerosis with 200 more people being diagnosed weekly. A staggering 2.7 million Americans of all ages are affected by epilepsy and seizures, and the list continues with Huntington’s Disease, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, Strokes and many others. Paul Lauterbur, Sir Peter Mansfield, Roderick MacKinnon, Linda Buck and Richard Axel are the latest of a long string of neuroscientists who have been named Nobel Laureates. Neuroscience is an exciting frontier. We invite you to become a part of this discovery process.

Current Courses:  Search OCNS prefix courses found online at http://apps.ouhsc.edu/StudentInfo/Courses.aspx?College=MED

5.12 - Nursing

College of Nursing

Nursing

1100 N. Stonewall
Oklahoma City, OK 73190
(405) 271- 2428
http://nursing.ouhsc.edu/Academic_Programs/PhD/index.htm

Gary Loving, PhD, RN, Interim Dean

Melissa Craft, PhD, APRN-CNS, AOCN, Interim Associate Dean for Academic Administration and Graduate Education, PhD Program Director and Graduate Liaison

Barbara Holtzclaw, PhD, RN, FAAN, Associate Dean for Research,  Associate Director of Geriatric Nursing Translational Research Training, Donald W. Reynolds Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence and Professor

FACULTY ROSTER
For a complete listing of the departmental graduate faculty visit this web site

http://nursing.ouhsc.edu/AboutTheCollege/FacultyDirectory.aspx

DEGREES OFFERED
Doctor of Philosophy

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION

• PhD in Nursing – 90 hours

DOCTOR OF PHILOPHY (PhD) in NURSING DEGREE
The PhD Program in Nursing is designed to prepare nurse scholars to advance the science, art, and practice of the discipline. Doctoral preparation in Nursing Science promotes knowledge development, organization, and application of theory and evidence-based scholarly nursing practice. Our PhD program prepares nurses to develop and utilize knowledge in many roles, including:

  • Researcher
  • Educator
  • Administrator
  • Clinician
  • Health care policy maker

PhD students’ research will be consistent with one or more faculty member’s expertise, somewhere within the continuum of vulnerabilities across diverse populations. See Faculty Research. Courses are competency-based. The intent is for the PhD program to be distance accessible. While students may elect to take cognates or electives in traditional onsite settings, the PhD in Nursing curriculum offers courses that are completely online.

ADMISSION REQUIRMENTS FOR THE PHD IN NURSING

  1. Applications and supplementary documents are submitted through NursingCAS at:  http://nursingcas.liaisoncas.com
  2. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores taken in the past five years of the application date for Verbal, Quantitative, and Writing exams. Verbal 550 or above (old scoring) or 156 or above (new scoring).  Quantitative 550 or above (old scoring) or 146 (new scoring).  Writing 4 or above.
  3. TOEFL for international applications (no more than two years old). The desired scores are at least 600 for the paper-based test or 100IBT.
  4. Goal Statement. See application for guidelines for statement. Please indicate your area(s) of research interest or focus.
  5. Three letters of recommendation (use recommendation form file for recommendations).
  6. Official Transcripts from each school previously and currently attended. Cumulative grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale for Master’s and subsequent coursework is desired.
  7. Transcripts from Undergraduate degree coursework (GPA of 3.5 or above is desired).
  8. Copy of resume or Curriculum Vita (CV).
  9. Supplemental Application for the PhD in Nursing Program
  10.  Interviews with at least two PhD nursing faculty members, in person or via telephone conference (we arrange this).
  11. Computer Requirements for OUCN Students—Specific computer, software and internet requirements will be shared with students at orientation. 

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
Nursing graduates have excellent employment opportunities in all geographic regions.

Current Courses:  Search NURS prefix courses found online at http://apps.ouhsc.edu/StudentInfo/Courses.aspx?College=GRAD

5.13 - Nutritional Sciences

College of Allied Health

Nutritional Sciences

1200 N. Stonewall Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73117-1215
(405) 271- 2113

http://alliedhealth.ouhsc.edu/Departments/NutritionalSciences.aspx

Allen Knehans, PhD, Chair

Susan Sisson, PhD, RDN, CHES, FACSM, Program Director, Graduate Liaison

FACULTY ROSTER
For a complete listing of the departmental graduate faculty visit this web site http://alliedhealth.ouhsc.edu/Departments/NutritionalSciences/NSFacultyandStaff.aspx

DEGREES OFFERED
Master of Science

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Nutritional Sciences

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES
The graduate program in the Department of Nutritional Sciences is a flexible program whose primary goal is to provide advanced education, training, and research to selected students desiring to develop mastery in an area of nutrition.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  1. Submission of completed application (including supplemental application from the College of Allied Health);
  2. Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on last 60 hours of undergraduate work or the last twelve hours of graded graduate course work (please note: in calculating GPA, the entire semester in which the last 60 hours fall is counted);
  3. Department interview;
  4. TOEFL score of 550 or greater from a student for whom English is a second language;
  5. B.S. degree (from accredited college or university) in nutrition or dietetics, or permission of Department;
  6. Completion of the following prerequisites: Biochemistry; Human Physiology; Introductory Nutrition.

MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
This degree program requires a minimum of 34 semester hours, and students may pursue either a thesis or a non-thesis option. The thesis option requires 17-19 hours of core course work (seminar, research methods, statistics, thesis, energy nutrients, and non-energy nutrients); 10 additional hours are to be taken from Departmental offerings, and the remaining five-seven hours may be electives from any area. The non-thesis option requires 16 hours of core course work (seminar, research methods, statistics, masters project, energy nutrients, and non-energy nutrients); 12 additional hours are to be taken form Departmental offerings, and the remaining six hours may be taken from any area.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
A wide variety of job opportunities are available for graduates of the program. Graduates may be employed in public health settings, hospitals, clinics, local/state/federal government agencies, wellness centers, private practice, food companies, universities (teaching and research), private industry, and other areas. Marketability is significantly greater if the individual is registry-eligible or a Registered Dietitian.

Current Courses:  Search NS prefix courses found online at http://apps.ouhsc.edu/StudentInfo/Courses.aspx?College=AH

5.14 - Occupational and Environmental Health

College of Public Health

Occupational and Environmental Health

801 NE 13th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73190
(405) 271- 2070

http://publichealth.ouhsc.edu/AboutUs/Departments/OccupationalEnvironmentalHealth.aspx

David Johnson, PhD, Chair and Graduate Liaison

FACULTY ROSTER
For a complete listing of the departmental graduate faculty visit this web site:

http://publichealth.ouhsc.edu/FacultyandStaff/FacultyandStaffContacts/OccupationalandEnvironmentalHealth.aspx

GRADUATE DEGREES OFFERED
Master of Science
Doctor of Philosophy

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
The Department of Occupational and Environmental Health strives to unite interdisciplinary training and research for persons grounded in natural, physical, and health sciences.  This facilitates understanding of human responses to the environment and environmental responses to the activities of humans. Flexible and diversified graduate study, field training, and basic and applied research accommodate students from a wide range of academic and occupational backgrounds.  The Doctor of Philosophy degree requires in-depth study in a specialty within the broad field of occupational and environmental health. The Master of Science program in Industrial Hygiene and Environmental Health Sciences is accredited by the Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

The environment encompasses not only the natural surroundings -- the air, the water, the plants and animals used for food -- but also shelter, occupational environments, modes of transportation and all other products of technology, including pollutants and waste materials, all of which interact to affect health. Environmental considerations become increasingly important during these times of changing emphasis in the fields of energy, economics, and technology.

The objective of the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health is to unite an interdisciplinary training and research program for persons grounded in natural, physical, and health sciences in order to develop an understanding of human response to the environment, as well as the response of the environment to the activities of humans.

Toward this end, the department has developed flexible and diversified programs of graduate study, field training, and basic and applied research to accommodate students with a wide range of academic and occupational backgrounds. Most courses are offered in the late afternoon and evening format for the convenience of practicing professionals.

Master of Science (MS) Degree in Industrial Hygiene & Environmental Health Sciences

Graduates of the Master of Science program in Industrial Hygiene and Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center will be professional practitioners who apply scientific knowledge to the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, and control of environmental hazards or stresses affecting human health.  Competencies demonstrated by graduates will include the ability:

  • To identify overt and potential health hazards in the workplace and to apply analytical skills in the evaluation of those health risks;
  • To effect control of workplace hazards through application of engineering, administrative, or personal protective procedures;
  • To educate workers and management concerning occupational hazards and the prevention of occupational health problems;
  • To apply knowledge of the regulations of various agencies having occupational health and safety functions;
  • To function on multidisciplinary teams to protect and enhance worker health.

Additionally, graduates will work effectively in positions with responsibility for elements of environmental management, such as compliance with environmental regulations or planning and budgeting of environmental projects.

Graduates will aspire to and achieve professional certification, such as the Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) credential, appropriate to their employment history and circumstances.

Graduates will communicate technical and business information accurately and effectively.  

 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the general admission requirements, applicants to the Department must also meet the following criteria: Baccalaureate degree (120 semester hours minimum) with a 3.00 GPA in the last 60 hours; a minimum of 36 semester hours of undergraduate and/or graduate-level courses in basic sciences, mathematics, engineering and technology, with at least 9 of these credit hours at the upper level (junior, senior or graduate).

Basic Sciences (e.g. physics, chemistry, and the life and earth sciences). At least 12 hours in chemistry to include organic chemistry, one course in physiology, biochemistry, or other appropriate life science course, and one course in physics are required.

Mathematics including College Algebra, which is required, and differential and integral calculus, which are desirable. Some computer science and statistics courses may be considered applied mathematics and included in this category.

Engineering and Technology courses are those that apply mathematics and basic sciences to creative applications and viable solutions.

Also required is a minimum of 21 semester hours in communications, humanities, and social sciences.
Those who matriculate with deficiencies up to 12-semester hours credit of these requirements will be required to meet the full entrance requirements within the first 20 semester credit hours of graduate course work. No course taken as part of a degree program requirements can be used to satisfy the admission criteria.

In addition to the general admission requirements, applicants must submit three letters of reference that support admission to the program and assess the applicants' scholastic and professional abilities.

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for all programs.

MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
Including thesis credit, a minimum of approximately 48 semester hours is required to complete the degree, with a maximum of nine semester hours of approved transfer work. With written approval of both the student's departmental chair and the chair of the offering department, a more advanced course may be substituted for any of the core courses. A thesis research training project is required for all MS students, except that the thesis may be waived in favor of additional coursework if (a) the student has already completed a thesis as part of a previous masters degree and the thesis is deemed by the Department Chair and the faculty to represent research method training equivalent to that required by the department, or (b) the student can demonstrate command of research skills through first authorship of data-based peer-reviewed scientific publications as deemed acceptable by the department Chair and the faculty. A written comprehensive examination, including the thesis defense (except when thesis has been waived), also is required.

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

The Doctor of Philosophy in Occupational and Environmental Health (PhD OEH) degree is an advanced, research-oriented degree program requiring in-depth study of and research in a specialty area within the broad field of occupational and environmental health.

General requirements for admission and completion of the degree are consistent with those applicable to all PhD programs as described in the Graduate Bulletin. Minimum requirements are 90 semester hours, including approved transfer work but excluding any credit for research tools.

To be admitted to the PhD program, the candidate must hold a Master’s degree from an accredited institution in a related field and display a clear research orientation and firm knowledge of research techniques.  The Master's degree must be from an institution which has English as its primary language of instruction or the candidate must have scored a minimum of 90 (120 scale) on the TOEFL. The applicant must be accepted by the Department and be admitted into the doctoral program by the Graduate Dean.  Applicants are also required to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
A partial listing of locations where Occupational and Environmental Health graduates may be employed includes: private industry (especially in the energy sector); insurance companies that insure industry; city and state health departments; state departments labor and of environmental quality; federal government agencies including the Department of Labor (Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Mine Safety and Health Administration), Department of Health and Human Services (the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention), the Department of Energy (e.g. the National Laboratories), and the US Environmental Protection Agency, to name a few; the uniformed services (Navy, Army, Air Force, Public Health Service, and Coast Guard) both as civilian employees and uniformed officers; consulting companies; law firms; health and safety equipment manufacturers and marketers; healthcare facilities and organizations; and universities.

Current Courses:  Search OEH prefix courses found online at

http://apps.ouhsc.edu/StudentInfo/Courses.aspx?College=PH

5.15 - Orthodontics

College of Dentistry

Orthodontics

1201 North Stonewall, Rm. 400
PO Box 26901
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73190

dentistry.ouhsc.edu/ProspectiveSTudents/ProgramsOffered/AdvancedEducationPrograms/GraduateOrthodontics.aspx

Onur Kadioglu, DDS, MS, Graduate Program Director

FACULTY ROSTER
For a complete listing of the departmental graduate faculty visit this web site

https://dentistry.ouhsc.edu/ProspectiveStudents/ProgramsOffered/AdvancedEducationPrograms/GraduateOrthodontics/DepartmentFaculty.aspx 

DEGREE OFFERED
Master of Science

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES
To meet the need for patient care and research in the field of orthodontics, a graduate program in this dental specialty was established in 1981. The program prepares dental graduates to manage the full range of dentofacial discrepancies which fall within the responsibility of the orthodontist. Current knowledge and research findings are applied to patient care in all age groups. A thesis is required. The degree awarded is a Master of Science, with orthodontics as the area of specialization.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
All students in the graduate program must hold a DDS or equivalent. To be accepted for admission, the applicant must submit a letter of recommendation from the dean of the dental school which awarded the degree that includes class rank and dental school grade point average of the applicant. Three additional letters of recommendation are required; at least two of these letters should be from former faculty. A personal interview will be requested of applicants.

The length of the program is a minimum period of 30 months. Additional time commitment may be required for satisfactory completion of clinical and thesis requirements. The program begins on July 1 of each year. Deadline for application is September 1 of the year preceding the year of desired admission. Potential students are asked to correspond directly with the department for additional information about the graduate program.

MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
Patients assigned for treatment under faculty supervision will present a spectrum of orthodontic problems. Before graduating, the student must be deemed proficient in both didactic course work and the clinical discipline of orthodontics by department faculty. The core curriculum consists of 36 credit hours including sciences that are basic to orthodontics. In addition, the student will be registered for a minimum of eight credit hours in Research for Master's Thesis and eight credit hours in Clinical Practice of the specialty. The student also may be required to register for courses with variable credit hours. The program involves 70 credit hours.

The master's thesis, based on original research, may focus on a number of topics in growth and development, as well as function of the stomatognathic system. Other areas for study include craniofacial 2D and 3D imaging, 3D printing, temporary anchorage devices, factors related to balance or imbalance of dental occlusion, temporomandibular joint dysfunction, effects of various types of orthodontic  mechanotherapy, testing of biomaterials relevant to orthodontic practice, biologic tissue response including white spot lesions, and psychosocial impact of malocclusion and its treatment on patients. Facilities exist at the Health Sciences Center to conduct research related to these topics. Students will be assigned limited clinical, didactic and laboratory teaching responsibilities in the predoctoral orthodontic  program.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
Most orthodontists have full-time private practices of the specialty. However, there are other career opportunities, one of which is academics. There are opportunities also with the military and the public health services. Part-time opportunities in academics may also be available.

Current Courses:  Search ORTHO prefix courses found online at

http://dentistry.ouhsc.edu/ProspectiveStudents/ProgramsOffered/AdvancedEducationPrograms/GraduateOrthodontics/Curriculum.aspx

5.16 - Pathology

College of Medicine

Pathology

940 Stanton L. Young Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73190
(405) 271- 2693

http://www.oumedicine.com/pathology/general-program-info

Michael L. Talbert, MD, Chair
Zhizhuang Joe Zhao, PhD, Graduate Liaison

FACULTY ROSTER
For a complete listing of the departmental graduate faculty visit this web site
https://www.oumedicine.com/department-of-pathology/general-program-info/faculty-staff

DEGREES OFFERED
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Molecular pathology, cancer biology, cancer therapeutics, immunopathology, vascular cell biology, neuropathology, autoimmunity, innate immunity, hematological malignancies, inflammation, Alzheimer’s disease, aging, hematopoiesis, intracellular trafficking, signal transduction, and nanotechnology.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES
The Graduate Program in Pathology seeks to further the missions of education/research and enhance the growth of biomedical sciences in Oklahoma by educating students in the basic and clinical aspects of Pathology and preparing scientists to be contributors in biomedical research. The discipline of Pathology encompasses and bridges basic and clinical research. Pathology uses cutting-edge molecular, immunologic, biochemical, and genetic tools to uncover the mechanisms of disease and how cells and tissues respond. Graduates of the program will be prepared for careers in biomedical research and for a future as an independent investigator.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Qualified students possessing baccalaureate degrees in a biological science, e.g. biology, biochemistry, cell biology, chemistry, microbiology, molecular biology, or zoology, may pursue a PhD degree in Pathology. Students desiring to enter the Pathology Graduate Program should apply to the Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences (GPiBS). Application materials for GPiBS may be requested from Jennifer-Schlegel@ouhsc.edu.  Applicants must follow the general admission procedures and requirements set forth by GPiBS. An application must be filled with the Office of Admissions and be accompanied by official transcripts, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) results, and, for foreign applicants, TOEFL results. In addition, three letters of recommendation from individuals who can address the applicant’s research potential and suitability for graduate study are required. In special cases, students may apply for admission directly into the Pathology Graduate Program. For further information regarding admission into Pathology, contact rose-herrera@ouhsc.edu is also required.

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
Pathology is a participating department in GPiBS, along with Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Microbiology and Immunology, Neuroscience, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Physiology. GPiBS students participate in a common integrated first-year curriculum which includes three laboratory rotations from a list of mentoring faculty and attendance of seminars and journal club. After completing the GPiBS curriculum, a student may choose a research mentor (major advisor) affiliated with Pathology and set up an advisory committee. In the fall semester of the second year, Pathology graduate students will enroll in advanced courses pertaining to the study of pathology. A student will be allowed to enroll in advanced electives as deemed appropriate by his/her major advisor. A student directly admitted into the Pathology Graduate Program will be placed in the research mentor’s laboratory without participating in the GPiBS rotations; however, the student will be required to complete the GPiBS curriculum unless equivalent course have been previously completed.

A Pathology graduate student must pass both written and oral qualifying examinations to be admitted to candidacy for the PhD degree. For the written examination, a student will submit an NIH-style research proposal. This proposal must also be defended at an oral examination where the student’s ability to synthesize and apply information to investigative endeavors will be assessed. Successful completion of the written and oral examinations will result in formal admission to candidacy for the degree. The student’s major advisor and advisory committee will be responsible for assisting with the research project and for preparing the student for a final defense of the dissertation. The student will be responsible for the cost and preparation of the dissertation.

CAREER OPPRORTUNITIES
Students receiving a PhD degree in Pathology will be prepared for biomedical research careers in academic institutions, hospitals, biotechnology companies, and pharmaceutical industries.

Current Courses:  Search PATH prefix courses found online at http://apps.ouhsc.edu/StudentInfo/Courses.aspx?College=MED

5.17 - Periodontics

College of Dentistry

Periodontics

1201 N. Stonewall Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73190
(405) 271-6531
http://dentistry.ouhsc.edu/ProspectiveStudents/ProgramsOffered/AdvancedEducationPrograms/GraduatePeriodontics.aspx

Tapan Koticha BDS, MDS, MS, Program Director, Graduate Liaison

FACULTY ROSTER

For a complete listing of the departmental graduate faculty visit this web site:  http://dentistry.ouhsc.edu/FacultyandStaff/FacultyDirectory.aspx

DEGREE OFFERED

Certificate in Periodontics and Master of Science

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION

Periodontics

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

The Master of Science in Periodontics is a three-year program, fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).  The overall objective of the program is to graduate expert periodontists with a strong background of comprehensive clinical experience, current basic science knowledge relevant to dentistry and periodontics, and knowledge and experience of research methodology.  Graduates of the program are well equipped for successful careers in clinical practice, dental education, and research.  Successful completion of the 36-month program leads to the Master of Science degree awarded by the OUHSC Graduate College.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

All students in the Graduate Periodontics Program must hold a dental degree. Admission in full standing requires a letter from the dean of the dental school from which the dental degree was awarded. This letter must include the class rank and dental school grade point average of the applicant or explain their school grading system. Two additional letters of recommendation are desired; at least two of these letters should be from former faculty. A personal interview may be requested of applicants.  Students begin the 36-month program in July of each year. Deadline for application is August 15, of the year preceding desired admission.  All students must be approved for admission by the Dean of the Graduate College, upon recommendation of the program director.

MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

The curriculum of the program is designed to meet the formal educational requirements for eligibility to take the certification examination of the American Board of Periodontology.  The program has an emphasis on advanced level academic courses, clinical patient care, and research. In addition to the biological, medical and dental courses, a significant emphasis is placed on clinical patient care, including evidence-based approaches to diagnosis and treatment planning, a variety of treatment modalities, and maintenance therapy for complex periodontal cases.  The clinical and research experience in this graduate program is advanced and sophisticated in nature to qualify the graduate student to perform complicated procedures that are beyond the scope of general practitioners.  In addition to completing all course work, successful completion of the program requires a research-based thesis in order to receive the Master of Science degree.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Graduates of the Advanced Education in Periodontics program are prepared to enter careers in clinical practice, teaching and research and are eligible to take the American Board of Periodontology certification examination.

5.18 - Graduate Pharmaceutical Sciences

College of Pharmacy

Graduate Pharmaceutical Sciences

1110 N. Stonewall Oklahoma City, OK 73126-0901 (405) 271-6485

http://pharmacy.ouhsc.edu/graduate

Nathan Shankar, PhD, Chair and Graduate Liaison

FACULTY ROSTER

For a complete listing of the departmental graduate faculty visit this web site and select “Graduate Pharmaceutical Sciences” in the drop-down menu for departments:

http://pharmacy.ouhsc.edu/  

DEGREES OFFERED

Master of Science

Master of Science/Doctor of Pharmacy

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION

Medicinal Chemistry, Nuclear Pharmacy, Pharmaceutics, Pharmacology, Infectious Disease, Toxicology, Pharmacy Administration

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

The Department of Graduate Pharmaceutical Sciences offers graduate degree programs leading to both the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. These degree programs are designed to prepare scientists-educators-practitioners for careers in pharmaceutical education, research, industry, and related areas of specialized practice. Pharmaceutical sciences graduate students may specialize in various aspects of pharmaceutical research; individual programs of study and research projects within each of these areas are quite diverse because of interdisciplinary activities of the department.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Individuals interested in graduate study in pharmaceutical sciences are encouraged to contact the College of Pharmacy as early as possible for assistance and advice in undergraduate preparation, academic and career planning, the admissions process, and related areas. Prospective students are encouraged to visit the college in person to explore the graduate program.

Admission into the graduate degree program in pharmaceutical sciences is contingent upon meeting the requirements of both the Graduate College and the department as well as availability of sufficient resources for the student's program of study. Admission requires the approval of the College of Pharmacy Graduate Affairs Committee and the Dean of the College of Pharmacy.

Applicants for the graduate degree program in pharmaceutical sciences must submit a completed OUHSC application with all required supporting documents.

Current Courses:  Search PHSC prefix courses found online at http://apps.ouhsc.edu/StudentInfo/Courses.aspx?College=PHAR

5.19 - Physiology

College of Medicine

Physiology

940 Stanton L. Young Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK   73190
(405) 271-2226
http://oumedicine.com/physiology

Jian-Xing Ma, PhD, Chair
Siribhinya Benyajati, PhD, Graduate Liaison

FACULTY ROSTER
For a complete listing of the departmental graduate faculty visit this web site http://www.oumedicine.com/physiology/department-information/faculty
 

DEGREES OFFERED
Master of Science
Doctor of Philosophy

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Angiogenesis and Inflammation in Diabetic Retinopathy; Retinal Degeneration/Inflammation/Vitamin A Metabolism; Insulin Receptor/Phosphoinositide Signing in Retinal Diseases; Obesity-Associated Metabolic Disorders; Systemes Neurobiology of Aging and Diabetes; Cardiovascular Physiology and Neurophysiology; Gastrointestinal Disorders; Tumor, Progression, and Metastasis.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES
The Physiology graduate program provides comprehensive training in integrative sciences incorporating the tools and techniques of physiology with other disciplines to conduct research at the molecular, cellular, organ, and whole animal levels. The PhD program prepares students for academic careers involving research and teaching, as well as other careers where physiological training is required.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
The department supports both the MS and the PhD Programs. For the PhD program, the department of Physiology is a participant in the interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences (GPiBS) which combines the expertise of the seven programs at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Microbiology & Immunology, Neuroscience, Pathology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Physiology. Students wishing to enter the Physiology PhD program apply to GPiBS as described in the GPiBS section of the Bulletin. An application is filed with the Office of Admissions and is accompanied by official transcripts and results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and TOEFL for foreign applicants. Three letters of recommendation, from individuals who can address the candidate’s research potential and suitability for graduate school, are also required.  Applicants can also be admitted directly into the Physiology PhD program.

MS candidates must have previous course work in physics and organic chemistry as well as two semesters of biological sciences. The minimum Graduate Record Exam (GRE) – verbal and quantitative quantitative scores, each is typically 158-160 and 4.5 for analytical writing for both MS and PhD candidates. Application materials, including all transcripts and GRE scores, should be sent to the Office of Admissions and Records; three academic letters of recommendation and a statement of career goals should be sent directly to the Physiology Graduate Programs.

MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
The MS degree is offered with a thesis (30 credit hours) or non-thesis (32 credit hours) option. For the thesis option four hours of PHYO 5980 are required. For either option, no more than one hour of PHYO 5971 can be taken for credit.

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
The minimum credit requirement for the PhD degree is 90 semester hours, of which at least 45 hours (and usually not more than 60 hours) must be taken in formal course work. The remaining hours constitute credit for research leading to the writing of an acceptable dissertation. Requirements for the degree can usually be met in four years of intensive study. During the first year, the student, who is a member of the interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences and will complete interdisciplinary course work emphasizing molecular aspects of cell and organismal biology, along with four research rotations that can span multiple programs at OUHSC. For the subsequent years, the student enters the Physiology PhD program, takes advanced physiology classes, and perform dissertation research in close collaboration with the major professor and doctorate committee.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
Individuals who graduate with a PhD in Physiology have a number of exciting and rewarding career opportunities in academic research, teaching, biotechnology, government laboratories, industry, and health-related organizations.

Current Courses:  Search PHYO prefix courses found online at http://apps.ouhsc.edu/StudentInfo/Courses.aspx?College=MED

5.20 - Radiological Sciences

College of Medicine

Radiological Sciences

800 NE 13th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73190
(405) 271-5125

http://www.oumedicine.com/department-of-radiological-sciences

Jagadeesh Sonnad , PhD Director of Medical Physics Education Program
Susan Gaston , Administrator

FACULTY ROSTER
For a complete listing of the departmental graduate faculty visit this web site
http://www.oumedicine.com/department-of-radiological-sciences/general-information/faculty

DEGREES OFFERED
Master of Science
Doctor of Philosophy

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Medical Physics, subspecializing in the Physics of Radiation Therapy, Diagnostic Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, Ultrasound, Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES
Medical physics is an applied branch of physics that deals with medical imaging and applications in the treatment of disease and is closely allied with bioengineering and health physics. Medical imaging covers multiple modalities including diagnostic radiology, nuclear medicine, ultrasound, computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging while radiation therapy, a major subspecialty in medical physics, is concerned with the treatment of disease.

The medical physics program strives to provide a rigorous well rounded and clinically based training that is current in both diagnostic and radiation therapy physics. The graduate program in the Department of Radiological Sciences offers both MS and PhD degrees in medical physics.

Potential students are encouraged to correspond directly with the coordinator to obtain descriptive information on the profession of Medical Physics and the MS and PhD programs.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the general requirements listed in the Graduate College bulletin, applicants must present clear evidence of a strong foundation in chemistry and mathematics, as well as in both written and spoken English. Applicants must have also acquired a high degree of proficiency in physics with coursework equivalent to a baccalaureate minor in physics. The required coursework consists of the following courses and semester hours:

 

  1. Calculus (at least 8 semester hours) and Differential Equations (3 semester hours)
  2.  Calculus-based General College Physics (at least 8 semester hours), Modern Physics (3 semester hours) and at least two other Upper Level Undergraduate Physics Courses (3 semester hours each for a total of 6 hours)
  3.  General College Chemistry (at least 4 semester hours)
  4. College Level Anatomy and Physiology (at least 4 semester hours)

A maximum of two courses may be missed from this list prior to application. The missing course(s) must be completed with grade(s) of not less than a B within one calendar year of first enrollment in the graduate program. Credits acquired before or after enrollment to meet these minimum entrance requirements do not count towards degree-granting program.

In addition to the course requirements, applicants are expected to have taken the Graduate Records Exam (GRE). A minimum score of 400 in the verbal portion and a combined score (verbal plus quantitative) exceeding 1100 are required for admission.

Applicants to the doctor of philosophy program must meet additional requirements. They should present evidence of highly successful completion of a master’s degree with a thesis option in medical physics or related fields. Three reference letters are also required.

MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
Candidates for the Master of Science degree in Radiological Sciences must complete a thesis based on their own research and must complete the following courses: RADI 5024, 5222, 5824, 6864, 6874, and 6884. The required number of semester hours for the MS degree is 32 with no more than six hours to be earned in RADI 5980, MS Thesis Research. The remainder of program requirement may be completed with graduate level courses from Radiological Sciences or graduate studies in appropriate academic areas which have been approved by the advisor or advisory committee.

Every student in the graduate program of the Department must present a seminar every year. Entering students shall complete prerequisite courses with a grade of B or better within the first 12 months of enrollment or prior to enrollment. Completion of this requirement will not be given graduate credit in the Radiological Sciences Graduate Program.

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
Candidates for doctoral degree must complete a minimum of 90 post-baccalaureate semester credit hours. Doctoral students are required to complete the Radiological Sciences core courses (or their equivalents) for the master’s degree described above.

All doctoral students are required to complete 10 additional hours beyond the core courses required for the masters students. They consist of (1) BMSC 5001 (Integrity in Scientific Research) or equivalent, (2) RADI 5303, (3) a 3 credit hour graduate course from one of the three area, mathematical physics/advanced statistics/numerical modeling, and (4) a 3 credit hour medical imaging course, currently offered as RADI 6960.

Two tracks of study, namely, diagnostic and radiation therapy, are available for doctoral students. Doctoral students are expected to complete 6 credit hours in their track specialization. For the diagnostic track this consists of RADI 5643 and a 3 credit hour course in MRI/CT/PET or a course recommended by the advisory committee. For the radiation therapy track, this consists of 3 hours selected from Radiobiologic modeling / Monte Carlo modeling/ advisory committee recommended course and another 3 credit hours selected from Proton Therapy / IMRT / IGRT / advisory committee recommended course. Apart from the advisory committee recommended courses, the other courses are currently offered as RADI 6960.

A maximum of 30 semester hours for enrollment in RADI 6980 count towards the total requirement of 90 hours. The remainder of program requirement may be completed with graduate level courses from Radiological Sciences or graduate studies in appropriate academic areas which have been approved by the advisory committee. Every student in the graduate programs of the Department must present a seminar every year.

Doctoral students must pass the departmental General Qualifying Examination before they can be admitted to candidacy. This examination consists of a written and an oral portion and may contain questions on any aspect of the Radiological Sciences. The General Examination consists of six subjects: production and absorption of radiation, radiation detection and measurement, physics in diagnostic radiology (including magnetic resonance imaging and ultrasound), physics in nuclear medicine, physics in radiation therapy and radiation biology. Questions on radiation safety will be included. The General Examination should be satisfied within 3 years of enrollment into the program. Once a student becomes a candidate, the student will be expected to complete original research which represents a significant contribution to the field of Medical Radiological Sciences (Research for the Doctoral Dissertation).

For a doctoral student who has failed the General Examination, does not hold the master’s degree in medical physics, but has otherwise met all the departmental and graduate college requirements for the master’s degree, the following option is available: if the student has achieved satisfactory performance in at least four subject categories in the written portion of the general examination and has achieved grades of B or better in the graduate courses of the remaining subjects, he or she may request to be considered for a non-thesis master’s degree in Radiological Sciences.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
Medical Physicists contribute in the subspecialty areas of Diagnostic Radiological Imaging, Radiation Oncology and Nuclear Medicine. Graduation from this program with the MS or PhD degree qualifies the individual for an entry level position in Medical Physics working with experienced individuals within medical facilities and with private medical physics groups across the United States. Currently, a significant number of openings exist nationally, with the majority of these being in the radiation oncology medical physics area. Position openings are advertised in a number of professional publications such as those of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) (www.aapm.org). The individual’s marketability increases with experience and with professional certification. Professional Certification is offered through the American Board of Radiology (ABR) (www.theabr.org ), the same board providing professional certification of radiologists and radiation oncologists, and is recognized by the prestigious American Board of Medical Specialties    (www.abms.org ).

Current Courses:  Search RADI prefix courses found online at http://apps.ouhsc.edu/StudentInfo/Courses.aspx?College=MED

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