Note: The University is no longer accepting applications to this program.
With today's ever-present threats of emerging infectious diseases, pandemics, food
and water-borne illnesses, natural disasters, and biological/chemical attacks, the
demand for appropriately-trained personnel in public health laboratories, environmental
testing facilities, and private medical laboratories has been on the rise.
In response to the increasing demand for appropriately-trained personnel, the University
of Massachusetts Lowell's College of Health Sciences is pleased to offer the first online
graduate certificate program in Public Health Laboratory Sciences. This four-course,
graduate-level certificate program provides healthcare practitioners or individuals
holding a bachelor's degree in life sciences, nursing or environmental health with a
deeper understanding of the medical sciences behind laboratory testing.
Students have the option of taking this certificate program entirely online, or as a
mix of online and on campus courses. The certificate program consists of four courses:
two required core courses and two elective courses that students select from a list
depending on their particular areas of interest.
Practitioners and students with backgrounds in life sciences, clinical lab sciences,
medicine, nursing, public health, or environmental health will benefit from the topics
covered in this certificate program. This graduate certificate also serves as an excellent
foundation for those interested in continuing their graduate studies. Students who take
the certificate program also have the option of applying these courses towards
UMass Lowell's on-campus Master's Degree in Clinical Lab Sciences.
Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in life sciences or related area.
- MLSC.5410 Introduction to Public Health and the Public Health Laboratory (3cr)
- MLSC.6130 Infectious Disease (3cr)
Electives - Choose 2:
- PUBH.5040 Health Data Analysis (3cr)
- PUBH.5080 Principles and Practices of Biological Safety (3cr)
- PUBH.5160 Laboratory Environmental Health and Safety (3cr)
- MLSC.5800 Clinical Applications of Molecular Genetics (3cr)
Additional electives that are only available on campus may also be used towards this
certificate (e.g. MLSC.6400, PUBH.5061, PUBH.5030, and PUBH.6191). For additional information on
these on-campus elective courses, please contact the UMass Lowell Department of
Biomedical & Nutritional Sciences at 978-934-4520.
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MLSC.5410 Introduction to Public Health and the Public Health Laboratory
This course is designed to provide an overview of public health and the public heath laborabory covering topics such as the legal basis and history of public health, public health structure, communications and interactions, and epidemiology. Emphasis will be placed on the role of the public health laboratory and its core functions, its role in policy development, infectious disease, environmental issues, emergency preparedness, newborn screening, global issues, and public health research. Public health laboratory methodology, regulation and improvement, and quality assurance will also be examined. 3 credits.
Prerequisite: MS in Clinical Lab Sciences
MLSC.5800 Clinical Applications of Molecular Genetics
This course begins with a review of basic molecular genetics, followed by a discussion of the human genome project, including the application of its technology to the management of genetic diseases. Laboratory techniques used to analyze pre- and postnatal tissue samples is described, including RFLP-Southern blot technology, various forms of PCR, VNTR assessment, and gene expression analysis by microchip arrays. Cloning and stem cell analysis follows, including the ethical, legal, and social issues surrounding these areas. Cancer genetics and cytogenesis is presented, with emphasis on molecular changes that lead to the onset of cancer. Genetic treatments for cancer are reviewed. Gene therapy is detailed, including the historical perspective, gene therapy vectors and their mode of action, and the newest methods for treating genetic disorders at the DNA level. Structural and functional genomics follows, centering around the creation of pharmaceuticals solely based on the genetic basis of diseases. This is followed by a detailed section on epigenetics and its application to diagnosis and prediction of disease phenotypes. GWAS (Genome Wide Association Studies) is detailed as it applies to diagnosis in both individuals and entire populations. The course ends with a discussion of the human proteome project, and the human transcriptome project, including goals and objectives, current progress, and the storage of data in complex bioinformatic databases. 3 credits.
Prerequisite: CSCE Graduate Restrictions
MLSC.6130 Infectious Disease
This course is designed for graduate students in the health sciences focusing on the pathophysiology of infectious disease. Major infectious organisms will be discussed as biological models and presented in the way they affect major systems of the body. Emphasis will be placed on journal readings describing significant episodes of emerging infections and current technology in diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases. 3 credits.
Prerequisite: HSCI 2110 and MLSC 3310 or 36.
PUBH.5040 Health Data Analysis
This course focuses on the application of both descriptive and inferential statistical techniques to the analysis of health care data. Students will learn how to a) formulate research questions and hypotheses answerable through quantitative data analysis, b) use computer software (Statistical Package for The social Sciences, SPSS) and an online Probability Calculator to analyze data, and c) interpret the meaning of statistical findings. Areas covered include graphs, measurement, normal distribution, hypothesis testing, t tests, ANOVA, correlation and regression, and chi-square. Emphasis is on using weekly SPSS assignments to analyze research questions using a sample data base from the Framingham Heart Study. Prerequisite: an elementary statistics course. 3 credits.
Prerequisite: An elementary statistics course
PUBH.5080 Principles and Practices of Biological Safety
This course is designed to provide an overview of hazard recognition, evaluation and control of potentially hazardous biological materials. This introduction to the field will cover the potential risks of working with biological materials, the use of engineering, work practices and administrative measures for hazard control and regulations governing the area of biosafety. Requires working knowledge of Microbiology, and permission of Instructor. 3 credits.
Special Notes: Requires working knowledge of Microbiology, and permission of Instructor.
PUBH.5160 Laboratory Environmental Health and Safety
This course is designed to provide an overview of hazard recognition, evaluation and control in laboratory environments. This introduction to the field will cover the potential risks of working with chemicals, radioactive materials, animals and biological materials. It will also introduce the use of engineering, workpractices and administrative measures for hazard control and regulations governing the area of laboratory safety. 3 credits.