DEFINING UG BIOMEDICAL MAJORS: NIH Definition vs. DPC proposed Definition

Majors highlighted in yellow are majors that were not originally included on the NSF/NIH survey but will be included on the DPC definition of biomedical majors.

Summary

The second column reflects the fields included on the NSF/NIH survey of graduate students and post doctorates in science and engineering. The CEC adopted this list as an initial guide and proposed to the ESC an expanded list of majors for inclusion on the undergraduate biomedical major definition for the DPC. This definition will drive the sampling and therefore have an impact on the data that makes up the CWEP. The ESC discussed the pros and cons of different inclusions and exclusions during the March 21, 2016 meeting. The ESC representative for each site was prompted to respond with feedback and/or requests for additional majors that they believed better reflected the trainees and the definition of biomedical science according to the RFA. The third column reflects the majors proposed by the ESC (based on the feedback received up to October 10, 2016) to make up the DPC definition of undergraduate biomedical majors. Political Science, alike other non biomedically defined majors, will be excluded from this list because students in those majors will not be sampled as part of the DPC CWEP. However, each program has the flexibility to include students in majors not defined here with the understanding that NIH/NIGMS will be looking for an explanation of why trainees under those non biomedical majors were supported as part of the initiative. For example, Political Science will not be considered a biomedical major (this means students in Political Science will not be sampled systematically as part of the CWEP) but it could be true that a student focusing on health policy might be supported under the initiative. The NIH/NIGMS program officers will provide more guidance to the DPC on their expectations for sites that fund students whose major is not on the list. Per the ESC meeting October 12th, 2016 (during the 2016 DPC Annual Meeting) the majors on the table above were approved and the only change to the previous version was the addition of Social Work. Note that the majors highlighted in yellow are majors that were not originally included on the NSF/NIH survey but will be included on the DPC definition of biomedical majors.

 

 If you have questions or comments, please feel free to contact the ESC cochairs and/or the CEC. 

Lourdes Echegoyen (UTEP) Lourdes@utep.edu 

Alison Gammie (NIH/NIGMS) Alison.gammie@nih.gov 

Nancy E. Calderon (CEC/UCLA) necalderon@mednet.ucla.edu 

Keith Norris (CEC/UCLA) kcnorris@mednet.ucla.edu

 

 Glossary 

CEC Coordination and Evaluation Center at UCLA 

CWEP Consortium Wide Evaluation Plan 

DPC NIH Diversity Program Consortium 

ESC Executive Steering Committee 

NIGMS National Institutes of General Medical Sciences 

NIH National Institutes of Health 

RFA Request for Application


 

Majors highlighted in yellow are majors that were not originally included on the NSF/NIH survey but will be included on the DPC definition of biomedical majors.

 

UG Majors Classification of the NSF-NIH Survey of Graduate Students
and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering (GSS) Fields1 
ESC Proposed 
BIOLOGICAL & LIFE SCIENCES
Anatomy X X
Animal Biology (zoology) X X
Biochemistry/Biophysics  X X
Biology (general)  X X
Biosciences  X X
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology  X X
Endocrinology X X
Entomology & Parasitology  X X
Genetics X X
Marine Biology    X
Microbiology X X
Microbiology, Immunology & Virology  X X
Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology  X X
Multidisciplinary X X
Neurobiology/Neuroscience  X X
Other Biological Science X X
Pathology X X
Pharmacology X X
Physiology X X
Zoology X X

Majors highlighted in yellow are majors that were not originally included on the NSF/NIH survey but will be included on the DPC definition of biomedical majors. 

 

UG Majors Classification of the NSF-NIH Survey of Graduate Students
and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering (GSS) Fields1 
ESC Proposed 
ENGINEERING
Biological/Agricultural Engineering    X
Biomedical Engineering X X
Chemical Engineering    X
Chemical, Biochemical & Environmental Engineering   X
Civil & Construction Engineering     
Civil & Environmental Engineering     
Civil Engineering     
Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering     
Computer Engineering & Computer Science   X
Computer Science & Electrical Engineering   X
Electrical Engineering   X
Electrical Engineering & Computer Engineering   X
Engineering & Technology Management    X
Engineering Education & Leadership     
Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering    
Industrial & Systems Engineering    
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering   X
Mechanical & Materials Engineering   X
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering    
Mining & Geological Engineering     
Petroleum Engineering     
Transportation & Urban Infrastructure Engineering   X
UG Majors Classification of the NSF-NIH Survey of Graduate Students
and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering (GSS) Fields1 
ESC Proposed
HEALTH PROFESSIONS
Anesthesiology X X
Biometry & Epidemiology  X X
Cardiology X X
Child & Adolescent Development   X
Clinical Medicine, nec X X
Communication Disorders Sciences
Speech & Hearing Sciences 
X X
Dental Sciences  X X
Environmental & Occupational Health Engineering    X
Family & Consumer Sciences
Dietetics & Food 
  X
Health Care/Services Administration
Health Science
X X
Health Education
Fitness
Physical Education
Sport Psychology 
X X
Health Related X X
Health Sciences (e.g. Information Management)  X X
Hematology X X
Kinesiology
Kinesiotherapy
Exercise Science 
  X
Medical Technologies/Technicians   X
Multidisciplinary X X
Neurology X X
Nursing X X
Obstetrics & Gynecology X X
Oncology/Cancer Research X X
Ophthalmology X X
Otorhinolaryngology X X
Pediatrics X X
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences X X
Physical Therapy   X
Preventative Medicine and Community Health  X X
Psychiatry X X
Public Health/Community Health
Health Communication
Community Development
X X
Pulmonary disease X X
Radiology  X X
Science Education   X
Surgery X X
Veterinary sciences  X X

Majors highlighted in yellow are majors that were not originally included on the NSF/NIH survey but will be included on the DPC definition of biomedical majors. 

 

UG Majors Classification of the NSF-NIH Survey of Graduate Students
and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering (GSS) Fields1 
ESC Proposed
PHYSICAL SCIENCE
Atmospheric Sciences   X
Biochemical Sciences X X
Biophysics X X
Chemistry X X
Chemistry & Biochemistry X X
Environmental Sciences    X
Geography   X
Geography & Environmental Sciences   X
Geological or Earth Sciences   X
Marine Biotechnology   X
Medicinal Chemistry X X
Physics   X
Physics & Astronomy   X

Majors highlighted in yellow are majors that were not originally included on the NSF/NIH survey but will be included on the DPC definition of biomedical majors. 

 

UG Majors Classification of the NSF-NIH Survey of Graduate Students
and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering (GSS) Fields1 
ESC Proposed
SOCIAL SCIENCE 
Anthropology (Cultural and Social)  X X
Clinical Psychology X X
Multidisciplinary
Human Development 
X X
Psychology X X
Psychology, combined  X X
Psychology, except clinical  X X
Sociology
Women & Gender Studies
  X
Sociology/Anthropology X X
Social Work (added Oct/12/2016 @ESCmtg)    

Majors highlighted in yellow are majors that were not originally included on the NSF/NIH survey but will be included on the DPC definition of biomedical majors. 

 

UG Majors Classification of the NSF-NIH Survey of Graduate Students
and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering (GSS) Fields1 
ESC Proposed
OTHERS
Computer Science    X
Information Systems    X
Mathematics & Statistics    X

 

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