Overview

The Summer Scholars Program (SSP) provides a unique opportunity for high school students to study at the University of Miami for three weeks during the second summer semester and earn between 5 - 6 semester credits.

Infectious Diseases and Public Health – 6 Credit Hours

Students enroll in BPH 200 and MIC 100.

BPH 200. Introductory Public Health. 3 Credit Hours. This course is a survey of the basic principles of Public Health. Topics that will be covered include an overview of the health care system, health insurance, the history of health care in the US, communicable and non-communicable diseases, the physical and built environment, emergency preparedness and response, and various other topics that influence the health of populations. 

School of Nursing and Health Studies | Instructor(s): Dr. Ashley Falcon

MIC 100. Introduction to Microbiology. 3 Credit Hours.

This is an introductory microbiology course for the summer scholars program. Microorganisms are in every facet of our lives and make up a microscopic world. Right now, your body is inhabited by over 40 trillion bacteria. Due to the evolution of our immune systems, we have been able to coexist with this world. It is when our immune systems weaken or when our otherwise healthy immune system encounters a particularly nasty pathogen that we become vulnerable.

This course will cover the topics of how our immune system works, how microbial pathogens cause disease, how beneficial microbes protect us from disease, and some of the other activities perform that impact our world. The laboratory will provide you with invaluable experience in growing, staining, viewing and identifying microorganisms through the use of practical techniques and procedures. An in lab presentation of your “unknown organism” will culminate what you have learned.

College of Arts and Sciences | Dept. of Microbiology | Instructor(s): Prof. Roger Williams, Dr. Kurt Schesser

Maximum enrollment: 30 Prerequisites(s): Biology and one other lab science

Music Therapy and the Brain – 6 Credit Hours

Students enroll in MED 159 and NEU 100.

MED 159. Introduction to Music Therapy. 3 Credit Hours. An overview of the field of music therapy, including history, theory, and clinical practice. Students will observe clinical music therapy through video-recordings and in-class simulations. Students will understand the psychological and physiological basis of music as therapy; describe characteristics associated with various clinical populations and settings, such as developmental disabilities, older adults, psychiatric disorders, and medical settings; and students will learn how music therapy can help children and adults in different areas of practice, such as developmental, educational, medical, rehabilitative, behavioral health, and wellness care. Students will learn about the status and growth of the profession, as well as obtain basic knowledge about music therapy research.

Frost School of Music | Dept. of Music Therapy | Instructor(s): Hilary Yip

NEU 100. Introduction to Neuroscience.

From Molecules to Behavior. 3 Credit Hours.This course is designed to introduce students to fundamentals of neuroscience through traditional lectures, laboratory experience and presentations. We will cover molecular mechanisms of basic neuroscience principles as they relate to health and disease. Students will gain an understanding of how nerve cells communicate with each other and form a network that controls our body. Students will be exposed to how neuroscience research is done as well as explore career opportunities in neuroscience. 

College of Arts & Sciences | Dept. of Neuroscience | Instructor(s): Dr. Laura Bianchi

Maximum enrollment: 20 Prerequisites(s): 9th and 10th grade English

Neuroscience and Electrophysiology – 6 Credit Hours

Students enroll in HCS 200 and NEU 100.

HCS 200. Electrophysiology. 3 Credit Hours. Emphasis is on the understanding of the electrical Activity of the Human Body. The students will engage in hands-on experiments using AD Instruments Physiological Data Acquisition System, which connects the body to equipment that gathers electrical activity from the body and displays physiological data in graphical form on the computer screen. The students will have the opportunity to view in real time how the natural electrical activity of our body influences organ function. The course is divided in two parts; a review of basic anatomy and physiology followed by the hands on activity.

School of Nursing and Health Studies | Instructor(s): Dr. Diego DeLeon

NEU 100. Introduction to Neuroscience – From Molecules to Behavior. 3 Credit Hours.This course is designed to introduce students to fundamentals of neuroscience through traditional lectures, laboratory experience and presentations. We will cover molecular mechanisms of basic neuroscience principles as they relate to health and disease. Students will gain an understanding of how nerve cells communicate with each other and form a network that controls our body. Students will be exposed to how neuroscience research is done as well as explore career opportunities in neuroscience.

College of Arts and Sciences | Dept. of Neuroscience | Instructor(s): Dr. Laura Bianchi

Maximum enrollment: 20 Prerequisites(s): Biology and one other lab science

Oncology and Healthcare – 6 Credit Hours

Students enroll in NUR 200 and BIL 194.

NUR 200. Process of Health Promotion. 3 Credit Hours. This course is designed to introduce the physical, social and behavioral alterations encountered through-out the healthcare continuum including: health promotion, maintenance, rehabilitation and diseases prevention. The impact upon the individual, family and society at large of both health and illness will be explored. Strategies for the maintenance of optimal health will be presented through a variety of classroom and community experiences. Scientific and technological advancements utilized to restore health will be discussed.

School of Nursing and Health Studies | Instructor(s): Dr. Carmen Presti

BIL 110. Cancer Biology. 3 Credit Hours.The course will cover basic aspects of oncology and the impact of research findings on the management and treatment of cancer. Concepts in cancer biology, tumor cell proliferation, prevention and therapy (chemotherapy, radiation and immunotherapy) will be addressed. Discussions will include topics in lab diagnostic techniques such as DNA cell cycle and proliferation analysis and hormone and tumor marker receptor expression. Students will attend this course on the Miller School of Medicine campus.

College of Arts and Sciences | Dept. of Biology | Instructor(s): Dr. Sophia George, Dr. Elizabeth Smith

Maximum enrollment: 18 Prerequisites(s): Biology and one other lab science

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