Program Overview

What to Expect






How long will it take me to complete the program?

Your program will be individually tailored to meet your needs, taking into account the courses you have already completed as an undergraduate or graduate student. Most students finish the program in 12 to 24 months, with at least one academic year of full-time study.

Some students may wish to remain at the University of Rochester during the “glide” year between completing coursework and entering professional school, using this time to take advanced classes, work in laboratories or in health-related placements, and experience some of the other academic opportunities available.

If you choose to take additional courses during this time, you would continue in the Post-bac program as either a full- or part-time student. The tuition for part-time students is calculated on a per-credit basis.

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What will my classes be like?

Your classes will be rigorous, challenging, and eye-opening. They are taught by full-time faculty who do not separate their love of teaching from their love for research.

You will take your classes with our full-time undergraduates; occasional recitation sections are created specifically for post-baccalaureate students. Your advisor will work with you to determine the specific classes you will need to fulfill your course requirements. Each student will have an individualized plan.

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What other courses are available?

Besides the standard pre-requisite courses, we also offer a wide range of courses and will work with you to tailor a program to meet your particular needs.

Some courses that our students have found especially helpful are:

BCS 110: Neural Foundations of Behavior

Description: Introduces the structure and organization of the brain, and its role in perception, movement, thinking, and other behavior. Topics include the brain as a special kind of computer, localization of function, effects of brain damage and disorders, differences between human and animal brains, sex differences, perception and control of movement, sleep, regulation of body states and emotions, and development and aging.

Offered: Fall, Summer

BCS 111: Foundations of Cognitive Science

Description: Introduces the organization of mental processes underlying cognition and behavior. Topics include perception, language, learning, memory, and intelligence. This course integrates knowledge of cognition generated from the field of cognitive psychology with findings from artificial intelligence and cognitive neuroscience.

Offered: Fall, Spring

BIO 258: Human Anatomy

Restrictions: Instructor’s permission required

Course Work: The course includes both lectures and laboratory sessions, and provides a basis for further professional and clinical experience.

Prerequisites: BIO 110 or equivalent

Description: The detailed study of the human organism at the cellular, tissue and organ systems levels. The relationship between structure and function is covered with emphasis on structural relationships.

Offered: Spring

PH 103: Concepts of Epidemiology

Description: Fundamental concepts underlying health-related information and health policy. Basic methodological principles used to describe disease occurrence in populations and identify causes of disease.

Offered: Fall

BIO 190: Genetics and the Human Genome

Basics of Mendelian and molecular genetics with a focus on the structure, function and evolution of the human genome.

Offered: Fall

BIO 204: Mammalian Physiology

Normal function with an emphasis on humans. Topics include homeostatic regulation, various systems (endocrine, nervous, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, digestive, and metabolic), and integration of function of those systems.

Offered: Fall

BIO 217: Mammalian Anatomy

Structures of the body with an emphasis on humans. Topics include the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, endocrine, nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, digestive, and reproductive systems. Students must register for lab (BIO217P).

Offered: Spring

STT 212: Applied Statistics for the Biological and Physical Sciences I

Descriptive statistics, statistical analysis, and statistical inference as used in the biological and physical sciences; including elements of correlation, regression, and analysis of variance. Excel, Minitab and similar programs. Please note that, because of the significant overlap between them, students may earn degree credit for only one of these courses: BCS 200, CSP/PSI 211, STT 211 and STT 212.

Offered: Fall Spring

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When do I take the entrance exam? When do I apply to my health professions program?

The answer depends on you! Your advisor will work with you to determine when you will be finished with your pre-requisite courses, find time to prepare for your standardized exam and when your program applications are due. The PBPH program is currently working to offer an MCAT prep course and we hope to begin offering this in the spring of 2018.

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