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Curriculum 2021-22

The curriculum and schedule for academic year 2021-22 of the special master's program (SMP) in physiology are shown in the schematic and table below. Courses are taught in the first semester (beginning mid-August), and in the second semester (and into early June). Thus, our SMP is approximately 10 months in duration (it is a full-time program, and students may not enroll part-time). Students in the SMP are enrolled in three of the major instructional blocks in the first-year medical-school (M1) curriculum at UC College of Medicine.


SMP Curriculum 2021-2022

Required Courses

The table lists the credit hours for each of the required courses in the SMP.

Critical Thinking in Translational Medicine--Physiology Capstone 3
Fundamentals of Cellular Medicine5  
Fundamentals of Molecular Medicine5  
Graduate Medical Physiology I & II4 4
Interprofessional Education in Health Sciences & Medicine1  
Musculoskeletal–Integumentary 4
Neurophysiology & Behavior 2
Professional Development in Medicine 1  
Statistics & Experimental Design for the Biomedical Sciences 3

Graduation Requirements

To graduate from the program, students must:

  • Accumulate 32 credit hours
  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (i.e. a B average)
  • Earn a passing grade in all required courses (i.e. may not graduate with a 'fail', 'incomplete', or 'no grade' in a required course)

Since the SMP is a one-year program, there is no opportunity to re-take courses as a way of improving grades.

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 enrolled in the three major instructional blocks in the first-year medical-school (M1) curriculum 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 Graduate Medical Physiology 1 is based on secure examinations used during the past decade at UC College of Medicine in the Medical Physiology course. The performance of medical students on that secure question bank are well-established and provide an additional historical comparison with medical students at UC College of Medicine.

Contact Us

Physiology (MS) Program

University of Cincinnati
PO Box 670576
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0576

Educational Specialist

Emma C Jones, MA
Medical Sciences Building
Office 4257

Phone: 513-558-4188