MS in Medical Physiology Program Curriculum & Guidelines

  • Masters Program Code: 20FS5512MS
  • Anticipated length of Program: 1 year

The Master of Science in Medical Physiology (MSMP) is an intensive, full-time one-year program with an emphasis on human physiology, clinical applications of physiology, gross anatomy, neuroscience, stem cells, and exposure to the latest literature and research in physiology. Graduates of the program will be prepared to continue studies in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and other medical professions, or pursue careers in teaching, regulatory oversight, basic or clinical research in academic or pharmaceutical settings. Classes will be taught primarily by faculty in the College of Medicine. There are no guarantees regarding interviews or admissions to the UIC medical school, but the program is designed to provide a strong foundation in medical physiology and anatomy that will serve our students well in their professional school careers.

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Program Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree in the chemical/physical/biological sciences or pre-med program (or similar degree).
  • GPA: At least 3.0/4.0 cumulative for the final 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of undergraduate studies and at least 3.0/4.0 in science courses. These are the minimum requirements- in most cases, admitted students will have higher GPA’s.
  • MCAT, GRE or DAT- Competitive scores: MCAT: 65% or higher; GRE: 60% in each sub-score or higher; DAT: 17 or higher.

Program Outcomes

Professional school admittance rates for MSMP graduates:
    1st cohort (2017): 72% admission
    2nd cohort (2018): 100% admission
    3rd cohort (2019): 100% admission
    4th cohort (2020): 79% admission
    5th cohort (2021): Still applying – statistics not available yet
    6th cohort (2022): Recently graduated- statistics not available yet

Application and Guidelines

Course Schedule

Fall Semester - Course Title Credits Director
PHYB 551
Human Physiology I
5 credits Heydemann
PHYB 518
Cardiovascular Pathophysiology
3 credits Lee
PHYB 571
Clinical Applications of Physiology I
2 credits Heydemann
PHYB 531
Integrated Metabolism
3 credits Liew
PHYB 594
Special Topics In Physiology and Biophysics
1 credits Er
ANAT 441
Gross Human Anatomy
5 credits Savakova
PHYB 591
Departmental Seminar
1 credit  
Spring Semester - Course Title Credits Director
PHYB 552
Human Physiology II
5 credits Brodie
PHYB 572
Clinical Applications of Physiology II
2 credits Liew
ANAT 403
Human Neuroanatomy
3 credit Sharma
ANAT 443
Case Studies in Clinical Anatomy
3 credit Savakova
PHYB 586
Cell Physiology
3 credits O'Donnell
PHYB 591
Department Seminar
1 credit  

Additional Notes & Requirements

Total of 33 hours of graduate course work required to be completed for the MSMP program. Tuition waivers are not accepted for the MSMP program. MS Medical Physiology students are not eligible for departmental funding. For more information, or if you have further questions, please email