The programs within the Department of Biomedical Sciences are designed to provide the students with knowledge and skills of the rapidly expanding fields of basic science, medicine and research. The integration of courses from these areas with a broad range of courses taken from other disciplines such as the arts and sciences and business provides the student with the maximum educational background and the critical thinking skills required to succeed in the increasingly demanding field of biomedical sciences.
The department offers four programs leading to the bachelor of science degree. These include:
- Biomedical sciences
- Health science studies
- Microbiology and immunology
- Five-year Master of Health Science (concentration in biomedical sciences)
The department also offers two minors:
Because of the expansion of medical information and techniques, the department also offers several graduate degree programs including pathologists' assistant and medical laboratory sciences (with specialties in biomedical sciences and microbiology). Students also have the option to earn both a BS and a MHS in biomedical science through a five-year program. The focus of each of these programs is to educate students for the critical thinking necessary to function successfully in the arena of the medical profession which has become highly diversified, encompassing multitudes of related and yet distinct differences.
The Department of Biomedical Sciences integrates and coordinates the activities of related biomedical sciences programs that may be conveniently grouped under the generic title "biomedical sciences." The inclusion of these programs, which have many elements in common, under the direction of a single administrative unit, encourages the mixing of ideas and disciplines. It allows both the lateral and the upward mobility of students enrolled in closely related curricula and permits the faculty to cut across traditional disciplinary boundaries.
The rapid expansion of basic medical information, methodology and technology in recent years has increased the demand for specially trained personnel to perform in the clinical and research laboratories of hospitals, medical schools and government health facilities, and in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. The health care system has a need for development of interdisciplinary skills to keep pace with sophisticated scientific developments and their applications in the biomedical sciences.
Students in biomedical science programs can enroll in independent study courses in biomedical science, microbiology and health sciences that enable them to collaborate with faculty in research laboratories. By definition, an independent study includes course content not offered by another Quinnipiac course. However, it must involve contact hours and scholarly activities equivalent to any regularly offered course. These courses often include review of the scientific literature in the field of the research project and creation of a "product," such as a team essay, a series of short papers, laboratory or project reports, a portfolio or presentation at a scientific meeting. Students are limited to no more than 8 credits of biomedical science (BMS) and/or health science (HSC) independent studies.
Along with the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine and the School of Nursing, the School of Health Sciences is housed in the state-of-the-art Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, allowing for collaborative and interdisciplinary learning. The facility features several resources—such as 24 teaching laboratories, including an orthopedics lab, a rehabilitative sciences lab, a clinical skills lab, an intensive care unit, a health assessment lab, a physical exam suite, a physical diagnostics lab, a motion analysis lab and other special amenities—that set it apart from other universities offering health sciences programs.