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Obesity is a leading preventable cause of death worldwide and is highly prevalent in most modern industrialised nations. It is a global epidemic and a leading cause of several major non-communicable diseases including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some cancers. Read more
Obesity is a leading preventable cause of death worldwide and is highly prevalent in most modern industrialised nations. It is a global epidemic and a leading cause of several major non-communicable diseases including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some cancers. Prevention and management is critical in reducing the considerable health costs of obesity. This online course will focus on enabling health care professionals to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to treat patients effectively.

The course aims to create professionals who can independently access information and use the information to critically assess, evaluate and disseminate the evidence base related to Obesity and Weight Management. It will develop problem solving and clinical skills together with preparing students to take a leadership role.

On completion of the course, students will have:
1. An applied understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in an appropriate clinical setting.
2. An in-depth knowledge and understanding of the discipline informed by current scholarship and research.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1799-msc-obesity-and-weight-management-online-delivery

What you will study

The course consists of two modules. Module one is compulsory and module two is a choice between Professional Practice or the Independent Prescribing module.

Module 1 – Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal (compulsory module):
This module will address the terminology and methodologies used in epidemiology and research studies, and you will learn how to interpret graphical and other statistical data such as Kaplan-Meier Curves, Forrest Plots and Meta-analyses. You will develop an understanding of the importance of evidence based practice and how to apply it within a clinical setting.

Module 2: Professional Project or Independent Prescribing Module:
- Professional Project
This modules aims to develop an ability to critically evaluate areas of professional practice of your choice and develop skills in independent research and study. You will produce a report of 12000 words which will include a project proposal of 1,500 words and the remaining 10,500 words will consist of a literature review and an evidence appraisal, clinical or organisational practice audit. It will also involve the implementation of evidence-based practice and undertaking qualitative or quantitative research. As part of the module you will be in regular contact with your tutor who will offer guidance and supervision either via email, telephone or SKYPE.

- Or Independent Prescribing Module
This module aims to prepare students, both academically and practically, for the role of independent prescribing. The module also meets the registration criteria for the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).

Synopsis of module content:
- Consultation, decision-making and therapy, including referral.
- Influences on, and psychology of, prescribing.
- Prescribing in a team context.
- Clinical pharmacology, including the effects of co-morbidity.
- Evidence-based practice and clinical governance in relation to nurse prescribing.
- Legal, policy and ethical aspects.
- Professional accountability and responsibility.

Learning and teaching methods

Each of the modules is taught online and includes self-directed learning, tutor stimulated discussion on case scenarios, examinations, group projects and independent projects. Reflective practice is also studied which involves considering how you can apply the knowledge gained into everyday work and practice.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

The Obesity & Weight Management courses have been developed for health professionals who are interested in a leadership role within weight and obesity management including GP’s, doctors, nurses, physicians, surgeons, physiotherapists, dieticians, psychologists, and counsellors running clinics. Following successful completion of this specialised course, you will have the knowledge to further improve patient care and it could enhance your future career progression.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods will vary for each module and include case-based examinations, discussions and scenarios, reflective portfolio, forum discussions and group activities.

Facilities

As part of your online studies you will have access to the Learning Resources Centre materials at the University of South Wales. FINDit is the University’s portal which allows you to search for over 13,000 full-text journal articles, news articles, conference proceedings and approximately 160 databases via one search box- the majority of these materials are accessible online. Interactive study skills modules are available to study via Blackboard to enable you to utilise the library services fully.

Teaching

The course is delivered by a board who have an established international reputation in Obesity & Weight Management and delivering online education:
- Dr. Steve Davies – Consultant Endocrinologist and Director of Diploma MSc
- Dr Simon Williams – Principal Lecturer, Obesity and Physical Activity Epidemiologist
- Professor Nadim Haboubi – Consultant Gastroenterologist
- Dr Dev Datta – Consultant Clinical Biochemist

Work and Study Placements

Students will usually be employed as health care professionals before commencing this course. Consequently work or study placements are not available.

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Obesity is a leading preventable cause of death worldwide and is highly prevalent in most modern industrialised nations. It is a global epidemic and a leading cause of several major non-communicable diseases including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some cancers. Read more
Obesity is a leading preventable cause of death worldwide and is highly prevalent in most modern industrialised nations. It is a global epidemic and a leading cause of several major non-communicable diseases including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some cancers. Prevention and management is critical in reducing the considerable health costs of obesity. This online course will focus on enabling health care professionals to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to treat patients effectively.

The course aims to create professionals who can independently access information and use the information to critically assess, evaluate and disseminate the evidence base related to Obesity and Weight Management. It will develop problem solving and clinical skills together with preparing students to take a leadership role.

On completion of the course students will have:
1. A systematic understanding of the care of patients in obesity and weight management.
2. A critical awareness of current issues affecting the care of patients undertaking weight and obesity management treatments.
3. An advanced knowledge of obesity and weight management that will facilitate decision-making in unpredictable and/or complex situations.
4. An ability to use knowledge to adapt professional practice to meet the changing demands of health care systems.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1800-postgraduate-diploma-in-obesity-and-weight-management-online-delivery

What you will study

The course consists of 6 modules over one year, each of 6 weeks duration:

Module 1 – The adipocyte, regulation of appetite and nutrition
The module aims to develop a critical understanding of the physiology and regulation of the adipocyte, adipose tissue, human nutrition and appetite.

Module 2 – Obesity: defining obesity, epidemiology and health risks
The module aims to develop a critical understanding of the epidemiology of obesity, including the importance of the distribution of adiposity, its epidemiology, the global problems of obesity and its relationship in different populations.

Module 3 – Causation of obesity and weight gain in relation to disease and genetics
The module aims to develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the medical and genetic conditions that can cause obesity and weight gain.

Module 4 – Weight Management – Diet, exercise and changing behavior
The module aims to enhance the clinical skills and knowledge required to effectively evaluate and treat obesity with emphasis on lifestyle and behavioural modifications.

Module 5 – Weight Management – Medical treatments and emerging therapies
The module aims to develop an understanding of the role of medications and emerging therapies used in weight management including pharmacovigilance and post-marketing surveillance.

Module 6 – Surgical approaches to weight management
The module aims to enhance the clinical skills and knowledge required to understand surgical weight management strategies.

Learning and teaching methods

Each of the 6 modules is taught online and includes self-directed learning, tutor stimulated discussion on case scenarios, examinations, group projects and independent projects. Reflective practice is also studied which involves considering how you can apply the knowledge gained into everyday work and practice.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

The Obesity & Weight Management courses have been developed for health professionals who are interested in a leadership role within weight and obesity management including GP’s, doctors, nurses, physicians, surgeons, physiotherapists, dieticians, psychologists, and counsellors running clinics. Following successful completion of this specialised course, you will have the knowledge to further improve patient care and it could enhance your future career progression.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods will vary for each module and include case-based examinations, discussions and scenarios, reflective portfolio, forum discussions and group activities.

Facilities

As part of your online studies you will have access to the Learning Resources Centre materials at the University of South Wales. FINDit is the University’s portal which allows you to search for over 13,000 full-text journal articles, news articles, conference proceedings and approximately 160 databases via one search box- the majority of these materials are accessible online. Interactive study skills modules are available to study via Blackboard to enable you to utilise the library services fully.

Teaching

The course is delivered by a board who have an established international reputation in Obesity & Weight Management and delivering online education:
- Dr. Steve Davies – Consultant Endocrinologist and Director of Diploma MSc
- Dr Simon Williams – Principal Lecturer, Obesity and Physical Activity Epidemiologist
- Professor Nadim Haboubi – Consultant Gastroenterologist
- Dr Dev Datta – Consultant Clinical Biochemist

Work and Study Placements

Students will usually be employed as health care professionals before commencing this course. Consequently work or study placements are not available.

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The Biology Department’s Master of Science program emphasizes research and preparation for further graduate study as well as employment with public agencies and private businesses. Read more
The Biology Department’s Master of Science program emphasizes research and preparation for further graduate study as well as employment with public agencies and private businesses. A major strength of the program is the option to custom-tailor the overall curriculum to meet the needs and objectives of individual students. Students may pursue a general biology curriculum or may choose to focus their studies in one or more of the following specialization areas: botany, cell and molecular biology, ecology, genetics, microbiology, physiology, or zoology. Students also have the opportunity to study in a state-of-the-art facility with the Fall 2014 opening of the innovative $147 million science building comprising more than 250,000 square feet for teaching, research, and collaborative learning. The Biology master’s requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate credit and six hours of research tools or foreign language. The degree also includes written oral comprehensive exams and a research thesis. Program completion typically requires two to three years.

Career

Recent M.S. graduates have followed a variety of career paths, including pursuit of advanced research degrees (Ph.D.) and professional degrees (M.D. for medicine, D.D.S. for dentistry, M.T. for medical technology); employment with a variety of private, university, state, or federal laboratories and agencies; and teaching in high schools and junior colleges. Possible professional positions with this degree:

Bioinformatician
Biologist
Biology teacher
Biotechnology operations manager
College laboratory coordinator
Community college faculty
Commercial farm operations manager
Ecologist
Ecological/environmental consultant
Environmental scientist
Food technologist/safety specialist
Information technologist
Laboratory scientist
Molecular biology analyst
Museum curator
Research assistant/associate
Senior biochemist
Senior chemist
Surveyor
Technician
Water quality specialist
Wildlife biologist
Zoological park curator

Employers of MTSU alumni include:

Aegis Science Corp.
Barrett Firearms Mfg.
Boston Medical Center
California University of Pennsylvania
Central Medical Lab, Sulaimani, Iraq
City of Franklin Water Resources Dept.
Environmental Science Corp.
Genetic Assays
Grundy Greens Farm
Harpeth High School
ICON Clinical Research
Illinois Natural History Survey
Motlow State Community College
Nashville State Community College
Pope John Paul II High School
Premiere Orthopedics
Rockvale Middle School
Siegel High School
Site Engineering Consultants
Stones River National Battlefield
Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency
U.S. Air Force
U.S. Geological Survey
University of Connecticut Health Center
Vanderbilt University

Doctoral/professional programs where graduates have been accepted include:

Arizona State University
Indiana State University
James Cook University, Australia
Middle Tennessee State University
Northern Illinois University
Oklahoma State University
Sao Paulo State University, Brazil
University of Alabama-Birmingham
University of Kentucky Medical School
University of Louisville
University of Memphis
University of Mississippi
University of Tennessee
Uppsala University, Sweden
Utah State University
UT-Memphis Medical School
Vanderbilt University

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At the graduate level, the Chemistry Department features a research-based Master of Science degree. After completion of core coursework in the major sub-disciplines, students in the Chemistry M.S. Read more
At the graduate level, the Chemistry Department features a research-based Master of Science degree. After completion of core coursework in the major sub-disciplines, students in the Chemistry M.S. program have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of research experiences, including environmental, organic synthesis, natural product isolation, computational and theoretical, analytical, nanomaterials, catalysis, polymers, biochemistry, and chemical education. The research experience is considerably enhanced by MTSU’s new 250,000-square-foot science building and upgraded instrumentation. Talented undergraduates also have the opportunity to participate in a new Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s (ABM) program which enables them to complete a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years. Graduates find employment in a wide range of areas as well as continuing their education in high-quality doctoral and/or professional programs. The department also participates in three interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs (Molecular Biosciences, Computational Science, and Math and Science Education).

Career

Jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics are projected to grow 13 percent by 2022. Chemistry graduates with advanced degrees will particularly find better job opportunities with pharmaceutical and biotech companies. MTSU's state-of-the-art science building offers both large and small lab spaces so faculty can pursue research projects with both graduate and undergraduate students. A memorandum of understanding between the university and Oak Ridge National Laboratory also has been renewed three times. Some potential professional pursuits:

Analytical chemist
Biochemist
Biomedical engineer
Chemical engineer
Chemist
Chemistry teacher
Food scientist
Forensic scientist
Gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) specialist
Materials scientist
Molecular informatics specialist
Organic chemist
Patent attorney
Product development/design
Professor/educator
Research assistant/associate
Researcher
Sales/marketing – scientific equipment/pharmaceuticals

Employers of MTSU alumni include:

Abbott Pharmaceutical
Aegis
Albany Molecular Research
ALCOA
Bedford County School System
Belcher Pharmaceutical
California public school system
Commonwealth Technologies
Eli Lilly Inc.
Garratt Callahan
Google
Harcross Chemicals
Hewlett-Packard
Kyzen Corp.
Lipscomb University
L. King High School
Mead Johnson
Merck Pharmaceutical
Metro-Nashville Public Schools
Middle Tennessee State University
Nissan
Novartis Pharmaceuticals
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Palm Corp.
Pellissippi State Community College
Purdue University
Rutherford County Schools
Schering-Plough Pharmaceuticals
Specialized Assays
Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Sylvan Learning
TBI Crime Laboratory
Tennessee Department of Health
Tennessee Dept. of Environment & Pollution Control
Tennessee Dept. of Health Lab Services
Test America
University of Cincinnati
Vanderbilt Drug Discovery Program
Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
Varian
Vi-Jon Laboratories
Williamson County Schools
Wilson County Schools

Doctoral/professional programs where alumni have been accepted include:

Arizona State University
Colorado State University
Florida State University
Loyola Stritch School of Medicine, Chicago
Michigan State University
Middle Tennessee State University
Niger Life University
Ohio State University
Rutgers University
Syracuse University
University of Alabama
University of British Columbia
University of Buffalo
University of Louisville
University of New Hampshire
University of New Mexico
University of Notre Dame
University of South Carolina
University of Tennessee-Knoxville
University of Tennessee-Memphis
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
University of Utah
University of Vermont
University of Wyoming
Vanderbilt University
Virginia Commonwealth University
Wright State University

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Biotechnology studies help prepare students for careers in the management of bioscience firms and organizations. Biotechnology is among six concentrations leading to the Master of Science (M.S.) in Professional Sciences at MTSU. Read more
Biotechnology studies help prepare students for careers in the management of bioscience firms and organizations. Biotechnology is among six concentrations leading to the Master of Science (M.S.) in Professional Sciences at MTSU. The program is a combination of business and science to offer training to work in leadership roles in scientific companies and agencies. Opportunities with the Biotechnology master’s degree include research science positions in laboratories applying biotechnology to problems in medicine, industry, and agriculture, as well as management positions in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. The program features industry experience in a 250-hour internship that is completed prior to graduation instead of a thesis or comprehensive exams. Coursework includes classes in the specific scientific concentration, along with a business management core. A limited number of graduate assistantships are available.

The Master of Science (M.S.) with a major in Professional Science includes a business core with specific concentrations in Actuarial Sciences, Biostatistics, Biotechnology, Engineering Management, Geosciences, and Health Care Informatics.

The M.S. in Professional Sciences is a new type of two-year degree in the sciences and mathematics to equip people for work in public and private business enterprises and in academia. The goal for this degree, started initially with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, is to enhance the interface between science and business by emphasizing expertise in both areas.

Career

With the growth of positions in the biotechnology industry in Tennessee and nationwide, the demand for persons with training in both biological science and management is expected to grow significantly. Jobs may be found in agricultural, chemical, environmental and pharmaceutical research and industries. Examples of some occupations with this degree include:

Biochemist
Bioinformatician
Biomedical engineer
Biophysicist
Biotechnology/pharmaceutical sales rep
Biotechnology lab technician
Clinical trials manager
Consultant
Corporate manager
Crime lab technician
Environmental scientist
Epidemiologist
Food scientist
Forensic scientist
Marketing executive
Microbiologist
Pharmaceutical analyst
Process development specialist
Quality control analyst
Quality control engineer
Regulatory biomanufacturing specialist
Research and development scientist
Research associate
Research facility director
Senior scientist
Technical manager
University/research professor

Employers of MTSU alumni include

Aegis Sciences Corporation
Biogen Idec
Calhoun Community College
Columbia State Community College
East Tennessee State University
Emory University
Encapsula Nanosciences
ESC Lab Sciences
Genetics Associates, Inc.
McGraw-Hill Education
Microbial Discovery Group
Middle Tennessee State University
Novus International
Tennessee Valley Authority
Unilever
S. Department of Agriculture, Iowa
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

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