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Department of Pharmacology & Systems Physiology

Special Master’s Program in Physiology

Curriculum and Schedule 2016–17

The curriculum and schedule for academic year 2016–17 are shown in the schematics below. Courses are taught in the first semester (beginning mid-August), and in the second semester; thus, our master's program is approximately 11 months in duration (it is only a full-time program). The table lists the credit hours for each class in the program. Students need to accumulate 34 credits to graduate;note that students in the MS program matriculate in four of the major blocks in M1 curriculum at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

SMP Curriculum

Click here for 2016-17 Full Curriculum(PDF)


Grading in Medical School Courses

One of the key elements of the master's program is the ranking of performance versus the medical students also matriculated in the four major instructional Blocks in Year I at UC College of Medicine. Information relating to your performance is compared to the medical class (your scores on the components of each Block as well as your "class rank" relative to medical students).  This information is obviously a very important component of your future application to medical school since it relates specifically to your potential success as a medical student. In addition, assessment in the Graduate Medical Physiology courses is based on secure examinations used during the past decade at UC College of Medicine in the Medical Physiology course, and on standardized examination administered by the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME). Thus, the performance of medical students on these secure question banks are well-established and provide additional comparisons with medical students at UC College of Medicine and nationally.

Students cannot graduate with a GPA below 3.0 (a B average) or with a 'fail', 'incomplete', or 'no grade' in a required course. Since this is a one-year program, there is no opportunity to re-take courses as a way of improving grades.



Special Master’s Program Contacts

John N Lorenz, PhD
Program Director

Bryan Mackenzie, PhD
Program Co-Director
Director of Admissions

Jeannie Cummins
Program Manager