Case Western Reserve University

Master of Science in Medical Physiology



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Science in Medical Physiology

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The core of the curriculum is a total of 20 hours of basic physiology.  The sequential Medical Physiology I and II courses (PHOL 481 and 482) begin with the study of the physiology of cells and molecules.  This first block of the course includes lectures on the basic structure and properties of proteins and nucleic acids, membrane physiology, cell signaling, and the physiology of skeletal, cardiac, and smooth muscles.  The courses then go into a detailed analysis of the various organ systems:  the nervous system, the cardiovascular system, the blood components, the urinary system, the respiratory system, the gastrointestinal system, the endocrine system (including bone structure, function and metabolism), and finally the reproductive system.  The last part of this course focuses on applying organ system physiology to the physiology of everyday life:  metabolism, regulation of body temperature, exercise physiology and sports science, environmental physiology, and aging. 

• Enhance your chances of admission to Medical, Osteopathic, or Podiatric schools, Dental school, PA programs, PhD, programs, or related health-professions educational programs.
• Prepare for careers in Biotechnology Research and Development or Clinical Trials management as a research assistant or a research manager.
• Prepare for a career in Health Science/Hospital management by completing the Dual MS/MBA Degree program in conjunction with the CWRU Weatherhead School of Management. 
• Prepare for the application and interview processes by attending special seminars, recruiting visits from outside schools, and mock interviews.
• Excel in your first year of professional school by having had advanced course work in physiology.
• Take advantage of the flexibility of completing our 30 credit-hour Program in 1 to 2 years either as a resident student or as a non-resident student over the Internet (See Description of the Curriculum for more info.)
• Make the most of a mandatory core curriculum of physiology courses (20 credit hours) taught by authors of the internationally acclaimed textbook Boron & Boulpaep’s Medical Physiology
• Personalize your 10 hours of elective courses by taking a variety of bioscience courses throughout the university or focus on an Area of Concentration, including the opportunity for conducting bench research with internationally recognized faculty.
• Benefit from being assigned an MSMP Faculty Advisor as well as a Student Peer Advisor to help you master the curriculum and develop your career plan of action.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

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Classification: Baccalaureate College—General

Size & Settings: 6,000-9,999

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