It is the mission of the Graduate Medical Biochemistry Certificate Program to provide working professionals and post-baccalaureate students with an understanding of medical biochemistry, forensic biotechnology and underlying genetic deficiencies of common metabolic disorders. Our Program faculty provide students with individualized coaching, instruction, and advising to assist them in understanding medical biochemistry concepts that will help them achieve their long-term goals.
The online Program is a post-baccalaureate study designed to:
- Provide the knowledge of biochemistry required in clinical, educational, and professional settings.
- Foster the development of critical evaluation and analytical thinking skills.
- Develop written and oral communication skills.
- Advance proficiency in the ability to organize and integrate information obtained from a scientific literature search.
The School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences at the University of Mississippi Medical Center offers an online Certificate in Graduate Medical Biochemistry. The Certificate can be completed entirely online, with asynchronous courses and no campus visit requirements. This makes it convenient for pre-professional healthcare students or current working professionals interested in enhancing or transitioning into biochemistry-related careers to complete this Program. Our Program format includes (but is not limited to) video lectures, group discussions, projects, problem sets, case studies, quizzes, and exams, all conducted through the online learning platform Canvas.
The Certificate in Graduate Medical Biochemistry is comprised of four courses covering the fundamentals of medical biochemistry and delving into the biochemistry of selected diseases. While we recommend completing all four courses to enhance your health-profession school application and to diversify your medical biochemistry career prospects, you will only need to successfully complete three of the four program courses to earn the Certificate.
The online, asynchronous courses that make up our Certificate in Graduate Medical Biochemistry are designed to enhance your knowledge and skills within the medical biochemistry field and give you the foundational knowledge of biochemistry required in clinical, educational, and professional settings. Our Program offers the following courses:
CMB 705 Biochemistry I: Molecular Structure & Cellular Function*
Gain a fundamental overview of the chemistry, biosynthesis, and utilization of amino acids, proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, and lipids.
CMB 706 Biochemistry II: Enzymology and Cellular Metabolism*
Analyze thermodynamics, pH and acid-base chemistry, metabolism, and metabolic regulation including glycolysis, TCA cycle, and oxidative phosphorylation.
CMB 707 Biochemistry III: Forensic Biotechnology
Study DNA fingerprinting, PCR, CRISPR, bioinformatics, and western blot technologies: all important biotechnology techniques currently used in forensic sciences.
CMB 708 Biochemistry IV: Genetics, Development and Disease
Examine DNA repair mechanisms, the basis of genetic diseases and pedigree development, study of DNA mutation and cancer, and treatments for DNA-based diseases.
*The courses CMB 705 Biochemistry I: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and CMB 706 Biochemistry II: Enzymology and Cellular Metabolism are both required. CMB 705 must be successfully completed before you can enroll in CMB 706.
In addition to the two required courses, students must take one of the two remaining courses to fulfill the Program requirements, although they make take both courses if they choose. Students that take three courses can complete their Graduate Certificate in just two semesters.
- A completed application;
- A bachelor’s degree in a science-related field or five semesters of completed courses in biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, or math;
- A cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale;
- Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended;
- For graduates of foreign colleges/universities whose academic language is not English: The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam is required to demonstrate competence in written and spoken English. Minimum requirements can be found in the SGSHS general admission section of the UMMC Bulletin.
Tuition and Fees
- $150 online fee per semester
- $25 fee for the certificate upon successful completion of the program
- $25 application fee
Based on 2019 Attendance and Tuition, the total approximate cost is between $5,683.68 and $7,138.32, depending on whether students choose to complete the minimum 11 credits or the maximum 14 credits. This total includes the tuition, registration fee, and online fee for two semesters.
Additional costs for textbooks and computer needs are not included in this number, and fees are approximate. Please visit the School of the Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences’ Cost of Attendance page for more details on estimated costs. Certificate students are not eligible for federal financial aid but may be eligible for a private loan. Students’ employers may also offer tuition reimbursement programs.
Private, non-federal alternative loans are typically offered by banks and lending institutions and require applicants to meet their credit requirements. The interest rate, terms, and conditions of these loans will vary among lenders.
To begin the process of finding a lender who offers private alternative loans, we suggest searching for “private student loans” on your preferred search engine and determining if the online Graduate Medical Biochemistry Certificate Program is eligible.