Required Curricula for the Therapeutics Graduate Program

 

Timeline of Courses and Activities

 

G1 Summer/Fall G1 J-Term/Spring G2 Summer/Fall G2 J-Term through G3 G4-G5

Quantitative

Methods for

Biologists

 

Grad Courses

& Lab Rotations

 

G1 HILS Students Apply to

Therapeutics

 

Welcome & Orientation

 

BCMP301qc:

Translational Pharmacology

 

BCMP309qc:

Principles of Drug

Action in Man

 

BCMP 307qc:

Molecular Approaches

to Drug Discovery & Design

 

Grad/Elective

Courses & Lab

Rotations

 

Paracurricular

Activities including

Spring Symposium

Experimental Design for Biologists

 

BCMP 235: Human Physiology & Pathophysiology

 

Preliminary Qualifying Exam

 

Paracurricular Activities including Fall Symposium

Internship

 

Teaching Requirement

 

Dissertation Research

 

Paracurricular Activities Including Fall & Spring Symposia

Dissertation Research

 

Paracurricular Activities including fall & Spring Symposia

 

Dissertation Defense

 


Required Courses

 

If you have questions about the curricula please contact Catherine Dubreuil @ catherine_dubreuil@hms.harvard.edu

 

1. Neurobiology 306qc, Quantitative Methods for Biologists

 

2. BCMP 301qc. Translational Pharmacology
Catalog Number: 97487

January Term
Donald M. Coen (Medical School) 7617 and David E. Golan (Medical School) 1558

 

3. BCMP 309qc. Principles of Drug Action in Man

Spring Semester (Quarter Course)(Starts 1/29/13)

Tim Mitchison (Harvard Medical School)

Tuesday/Thursday 3:30pm to 5:50 pm

Download Syllabus

 

4. BCMP 307qc. Molecular Approaches to Drug Discovery and Design

Spring Semester (Quarter Course)(Starts 3/12/13)

Nathanael Gray (Harvard Medical School)

Tuesday/Thursday 3:30pm to 5:50 pm

Download Syllabus

 

5. Experimental Design for Biologists

 

6. BCMP 235, Human Physiology and Pathophysiology

 

Required Internship: students will be required to complete ONE of the following:

 

1. Industry Internship

2. Clinical Investigation and Trials Internship

3. Regulatory Internship

 

The internship is the most innovative feature of the program—indeed, it is unique among all the graduate programs at HMS—and it will serve both to provide unique training experiences for students and to foster unique academic/industrial/clinical/regulatory collaborations.

 

The duration of the internship with be 2-4 months. It can be completed any time between summer of the G1 - G2 year and the end of the G4 year.

 

Required Paracurricular Activities

 

I. Student-led meetings

-Journal clubs

-Discussion groups on various career paths (with guest speaker)

II. Seminars on socioeconomic considerations, implications and public health

III. Internship progress reports and peer-to-peer discussions

IV. Seminar series

V. Annual Therapeutics symposia

 


Nanocourses

 

Link to the Nanocourse and Quarter Course Website


Nanocourses are quick mini-courses lasting for two days.  They meet for a minimum of 6 hours over a period of 2 days. The first session is lecture-based and is taught by 2 or more faculty members over 3-4 hours.  The lectures are contiguous and aim to provide an advanced level of knowledge on current research areas, specific experimental approaches and new technologies. This lecture-based session is open to the entire Harvard community. The second session is discussion-based and is intended only for students taking the nanocourse for credit. Nanocourses topics are continually being updated; the following is a sampling of nanocourses that are currently offered as well as courses completed last fall:

 

 


 

Quarter Courses

 

Link to the Nanocourse and Quarter Course Website


A quarter course is a half semester course that focuses on a specific topic, usually in the area of expertise of the faculty.  Quarter courses are required to meet for at least 18 hours during the semester.  Classes typically meet for one 2-hour session per week.There are optimally 5 to 10 graduate students from the Division of Medical Sciences in each course. Quarter courses are continually being updated; the following are examples of ones related to pharmacological sciences that have been offered in the past:

 

BCMP 301qc. Translational Pharmacology
Catalog Number: 97487

Enrollment: Enrollment may be limited.
Donald M. Coen (Medical School) 7617 and David E. Golan (Medical School) 1558