Course Offerings for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016

Fall 2015

BMC 551 Developmental Biology (4 SH)

Sepetember 1 – December 18, 2015
Instructor: Roman Miller, PhD

An investigative study of the topics of gametogenesis, fertilization, embryogenesis and organogenesis. Molecular influences and cell interactions involved in differentiation and development are emphasized. Laboratory investigations use both descriptive and experimental approaches to study amphibian, bird, and mammal development. A research project and paper are required.

BMC 561 Biochemistry Foundations (4 SH)

September 1- December 18, 2015
Instructor: Stephen Cessna, PhD

A survey of structure-function relationships of biological molecules and systems. Emphasis is placed on enzymology, intermediary metabolism, and metabolic control. Laboratory focuses on protein chemistry and involves an extended independently guided research project in which students develop their own hypotheses and test them using the techniques learned early in the course. Three lecture periods and one lab per week.

BMC 610 Interdisciplinary Seminar I (2 SH)

September 1- December 18, 2015
Instructors: Julia Halterman, PhD and Peter Dula, PhD

This team-taught course involves a first orientation to the biomedicine program. Major discussion topics include library research techniques, technical writing practicums, creating an effective resume, survey of biomedicine-related careers, discovering biomedicine in the humanities, secular and religious approaches to bioethics, theologic themes in biomedicine, holistic healing, and complementary medicine.

BMC 621 Transdisciplinary Seminar III (1 SH)

September 1 – December 18, 2015 (second half of the semester)
Instructors: Julia Halterman, PhD

This seminar will challenge your understanding of ethics in medicine, stretch you to explore various alternative medicine techniques and their role in healing, guide you in the identification of pseudoscience and “quacks,” deepen your understanding of the role of faith in healing, and enable you to explore various theological themes embedded in the field of biomedicine. This course will provide a forum for open inquiry, honest discussion, collegial debate, and personal reflection. We ask that you come prepared to test your beliefs concerning the various moral “gray” areas of bioethics, reexamine what truly defines health and disease, and analyze how healing can be delivered independent of hospitals and medications.

This course will commence with an initial discussion of Bioethics and Religion. You will be introduced to both classic and modern cases investigating the ethics behind abortion and treating impaired babies, genetic testing, euthanasia and suicide, and heart, face and hand transplants. Open discussion and debate will be encouraged and required in order for us to properly unfold these topics together. We will later focus on the theme of Healing and Alternative Medicine, which will encompass an introduction to various avenues of healing often not discussed in the practice of conventional medicine. You will be challenged to see health and healing in a new light.

BMC 622 Transdisciplinary Seminar IV ( 1 SH)

September 1 – December 18, 2015 (first half of the semester)
Instructors: Carolyn Stauffer, PhD

This course challenges students to creatively push their thinking to the next level: exploring their own capacity for leadership and problem solving in the medical field. What does it mean to be a transformative agent of holistic healing and health both personally and collectively?

Beginning with a journey inwards, students will reflect on their own personal leadership history, aptitudes, style and skills. Along with demarcating the contours of their individual leadership philosophy and values, students will create an inventory of their current leadership practices. They will additionally identify gaps in their skill sets and create a plan that targets their future growth as effective leaders in the medical field.

Next we will embark on a journey outwards that engages strategies for collective public action around macro-level health challenges and opportunities. How do structural violence issues such as poverty, inequality, and lack of representation manifest within the medical field and what can be done about these juggernauts? This section will use a social and systems-theory approach to investigate how health professionals can effectively advocate for change in regards to the numerous justice issues facing the field. The ability to successfully bring in multiple perspectives, constituencies and sectors will serve as a measure of leadership capacity.

Lastly, we will investigate the view that individuals are complex multidimensional entities whose health is vitally linked to the living systems that surround them. Starting with a session on the role of art in health and healing, we will explore how creative expressions can heal the soul and body by connecting us in visceral ways to the natural world. We then delve into the topic of eco-health (‘conservation medicine’) a perspective that highlights the web of interdependence that exists between people and other natural systems. Through a journey inwards that reflects on personal aptitudes, to a journey outwards that invites social action and advocacy for the health of ourselves and our planet, students will engage with the personal and structural aspects of a system-based approach to holistic health. As Einstein so aptly reminded us, this will necessitate levels of critical thinking and problem solving that will take our role of leadership in the medical field to the next level.

BMC 621 adn BMC 622 must be taken together

BMS 501 Organic Chemistry I (4 SH)

September 1 – December 18, 2015
Instructor: Tara Kishbaugh, PhD

Study of the relationship between the three-dimensional structure and the reactivity of carbon compounds. The chemical and physical properties of organic compounds will be linked to an understanding of orbital theory, electronegativity, strain, and sterics. Reactions of simple organic compounds will be described in terms of electron movement (mechanisms) and kinetic vs. thermodynamic parameters. The laboratory sessions emphasize purification, isolation, and identification techniques, particularly chromatography, infrared spectroscopy, mass spectroscopy, and nuclear magnetic spectroscopy. Three lectures and one four-hour laboratory per week.

BMS 510 Calculus for Biomedicine (3 SH)

September 1 – December 18, 2015
Instructor: Esther Tian, PhD

A survey of the concepts of differential and integral calculus. This course emphasizes the application of calculus to problems in science, with some examples in biomedicine. A graphing calculator is required.

BMS 511 Biomedical Physics I (4 SH)

September 1 – December 18, 2015
Instructor: Daniel King, PhD

A course with a laboratory that surveys topics in classical physics including mechanics, vibrations, waves, thermodynamics, and fluid mechanics. Calculus based. (BMS 510 or equivalent is prerequisite)

BMS 561 Immunology (3 SH)

September 1 – December 18, 2015
Instructor: Jeffrey Copeland, PhD

Survey of immunology including the nature of antigens and antibodies, the reactions between them, applications of these reactions to clinical diagnosis and the cellular events which occur during the immune response. Beneficial and pathological aspects of immunity are included. Three lectures and one laboratory/recitation period per week.

BMC 623 Research in Biomedicine (1 SH)

September 1 – December 18, 2015
Instructor: Julia Halterman, PhD

Under the direction of a faculty member, this course guides a student through the process of library research. Each student selects a specific biomedicine-related topic and then researches primary and secondary literature to gain understanding and insight on their chosen topic. In addition to developing a mastery of the major components of the natural science aspect of the topic, the student is required to incorporate transdisciplinary elements of the topic that include social science, theology, and ethics. The outcome includes preparing an oral presentation and a review paper written in a CSE style. This course is a continuation of library research conducted during the summer after the first year of course work.

BMS 571 Abnormal Psychology (3 SH)

September 1 – December 18, 2015
Instructor: Amy Ghaemmaghami, PhD

An interdisciplinary approach to understanding abnormal (maladaptive) behavior emphasizing the crucial roles of learning and life stressors in the development and maintenance of abnormal behaviors. The clinical characteristics, causal factors and treatments of maladaptive behavior patterns are examined, including the areas of assessment, therapy and prevention. Positive emotions and strengths that promote mental health will be integrated throughout the course.

Spring 2016

BMC 562 Human Physiology (4 SH)

January 11 – April 29, 2016
Instructor: Julia Halterman, PhD and Roman Miller, PhD

Investigative study of selected body systems including neuro-muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, and endocrine physiology. Extensive laboratory work emphases quantification and experimentation while using live materials and physiologic instrumentation.

BMC 613 Biomedicial Research Design & Statistics (2 SH)

January 11 – April 29, 2016
Instructor: Greg Koop, PhD

This course covers basic principles of research methodology and experimental design. Topics include research design, measurements, hypothesis testing, statistical significance and the analysis of data. A computer statistical package(SPSS) is used to analyze data. Students critically evaluate published reports of biomedical studies with specific attention to their experimental design and the application of statistics.

BMC 612 Human Anatomy (4 SH)

January 11- April 29, 2016
Instructor: Julia Halterman, PhD

Anatomical study of body systems using mammalian and human cadaver materials. Histological studies are correlated with the above anatomical studies. Laboratory work includes dissection, osteology, and microscopy.

BMC 562 Molecular Genetics (3 SH)

January 11 – April 29, 2016
*Instructor: Jeffrey Copeland, PhD

A study of the mechanisms of gene structure, stability, replication, transmission, and expression in eukaryotes. Themes include molecular evolution, viruses (including HIV), and heritable diseases. Students read and report on research articles. The laboratory involves an introduction to common techniques employed in molecular biology followed by directed research projects of the student’s choosing. Two lecture periods and two laboratory/recitation periods per week.

BMS 502 Organic Chemistry II (4 SH)

January 11 – April 29, 2016
Instructor: Tara Kishbaugh, PhD

Building on the prior course, this course deduces “new” mechanisms based on key principles of conformational preference, sterics, polarity, and bond strength. Aromatic compounds as well as oxygen and nitrogen containing compounds are studied so that the chemistry of biomolecules can be introduced. Structural determination of increasingly complex compounds by instrumental techniques, such as GC-MS, NMR, and IR will also be emphasized. The laboratory involves multi-step transformations, purifications, and advanced structure determination using primarily instrumental techniques. Three lectures and one four-hour laboratory per week.

BMS 512 Biomedical Physics II (4 SH)

January 11 – April 29, 2016
Instructor: Daniel King, PhD

Continuation of BMS 511. Topics include electricity, magnetism, optics, and modern physics (relativity, atomic, nuclear, and quantum physics).

BMX 613 Behavioral & Social Science Principles (3 SH)

January 11 – April 29, 2016
Instructor: Kim Brenneman, PhD

An overview of the contribution of social and behavioral sciences to the understanding of the distribution, etiology, and solution of public health problems. Theoretical underpinnings of the most relevant explanation, planning, change, and evaluation theories will be reviewed and illustrated with examples of the application of these models to health promotion and disease prevention with individuals, groups and communities. Basic principles from psychology, anthropology, sociology, and other social science disciplines are analyzed in relation to the causes, consequences and control measures for public health problems.

BMX 611 Biomedicine, Faith & Ethics (3 SH)

January 11 – April 29, 2016
Instructors: Roman Miller, PhD and Peter Dula, PhD

This team-taught course explores relationships between science and Christian faith by investigating scientific foundational ideas and their interaction with theology. Topics such as global and human origins, chance and complexity, human nature, mind, health and healing, environmental and medical ethics are examined and viewed through the lenses of Scripture, theology, and natural science. Students will be led to form and articulate a multidimensional world view that incorporates the realities of science and a holistic Christian faith.

BMS 574 Neuropsychology (3 SH)

January 11 – April 29, 2016
Instructor: Greta Ann Herin, PhD

Survey of the anatomy and physiology of the nervous system, including the function of sensory receptors and hormones. Emphasis is placed on the role of general physiological principles that affect human behavior.

NURS 515 The Health Care Delivery System (3 SH)

January 11 – April 29, 2016
Instructor: David Cockley, PhD

Gives the health care manager a broad overview of health care delivery within the United States, along with a brief perspective on the history of involvement in health care delivery by the Mennonite Church. The involvement of local, state, and federal agencies in the delivery of care, as well as its financing, will also be examined, along with an overview of the development of health policy. Technology’s impact on the health care environment both currently and in the future will be outlined along with an exploration of healthcare informatics. In addition, comparison to other nations’ health care systems will be made as well as projections for the future of the U.S. system.

NURS 626 Managing in a Complex Healthcare Environment (3 SH)

January 11 – April 29, 2016
Instructor: Don Tyson, PhD

Focuses on the dynamics of leading the health care organization in times of rapid change and how that change can be used to leverage effective organizational performance. Continuous improvement and the use of data-driven decision-making and national benchmarking, along with the fostering of a high level of employee involvement will be emphasized, as well as the effective use of organizational accountability for performance. The effective partnering with governing boards will be identified. The use of the planning process as a tool for positioning the organization for effective performance along with a review of that performance using annual performance tools will be analyzed. The use of marketing to enhance the organization’s visibility in the community in which it serves will be outlined. The development of a workforce that is culturally competent and focused on the delivery of care that exceeds the expectations of a culturally diverse client base will be explored. The manager’s role in shaping the organization and self-management and its importance for effective leadership will be woven in as themes throughout the course.


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