Biomedicine and Digital Media

Major: Biomedicine and Business
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Semester
Total Credit Hours: 36.0
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 50.0102; 26.1201

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 19-1020; 19-1042; 27-1014 ​  

About the Program

The MS in Biomedicine and Digital Media program intersects science, technology, entrepreneurship, and interactive digital art design and animation. This skills-based program is for individuals interested in media design and production careers with an emphasis in health and science.

Graduates of this program will be prepared to progress into more advanced graduate studies in science or digital media and/or careers in scientifically oriented media/communication jobs in the public or private sector (e.g., academic, scientific publishing and media companies), or lead their new ventures in digital imaging.  

Curriculum

This is an interdisciplinary hybrid (blended) program offered by the College of Medicine. The science courses, which are offered online are taught by faculty from Drexel University College of Medicine's Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Institute for Molecular Medicine and Infectious Disease. Certain elective courses are available face-to-face. Faculty from Drexel University's College of Media Arts and Design teach the digital media courses which are offered face-to-face.

This non-thesis program consists of required and elective courses in science and digital media and a flexible internship or experiential learning component. Students can customize their plan of study by selecting from a list of advanced science or digital media elective courses. Students must complete a minimum of 36.0 semester credits to graduate.

Please view the Degree Requirements and Sample Plan of Study for more details.

Full-time and Part-Time Options

Students may meet the degree requirements in either a full-time (at least 9.0 credits per semester) or part-time basis.Full-time students generally complete the program in 2 years. Part-time students must complete the program within six years. Students must enroll in at least 4.5 semester credits of College of Medicine courses to qualify for financial aid. For information regarding financial aid, please visit Drexel Central

Program Contact Information

For questions about the curriculum and program goals, please contact one of the Program Directors:

Sandra Urdaneta-Hartmann, MD, PhD, MBA
Program Director
Email: slu22@drexel.edu

Sandhya Kortagere, PhD
Email: sandhya.kortagere@drexelmed.edu

For questions about how to apply to the program, please contact an enrollment counselor at duonline@drexel.edu and provide your contact information and someone will follow up with you.

Admission Requirements

For acceptance into the MS in Biomedicine and Digital Media program, post-college applicants must have completed a four-year degree program. An undergraduate degree in digital media,  biology, chemistry-based bachelor’s degree program, or equivalent is preferred but not required. Although a minimum of cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 is strongly desired, an applicant with a lower cumulative GPA will be considered if other strengths are apparent in the application.

Applicants must also fulfill the following requirements for consideration as defined by the Program Advisory Committee and the Graduate Program Committee (Curriculum & Evaluation Subcommittee) within the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies at the College of Medicine:

  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Essay/personal statement
  • Resume
  • References from at least three instructors or professionals

Official test scores from graduate admission exams, such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), are optional but highly desirable.

International applicants (non-United States citizens) must meet the same requirements for admission as students from the United States. Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate the ability to speak, write, and understand the English language by submitting an acceptable score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). IELTS scores may be submitted in lieu of TOEFL scores. An evaluation by World Education Services (WES) is required for transcripts from institutions outside the United States. 

Online applications are accepted all year round, but all admitted students initiate their studies in the following fall semester. Students are encouraged to apply no later than July 1 for consideration for admission the following fall semester. Students may defer admission by one year.

Program Contact Information

For questions about how to apply to the program, please contact an enrollment counselor at duonline@drexel.edu.

Degree Requirements

Courses with the MIIM or IDPT designation are offered by Drexel University College of Medicine and are taught in semester terms (fall and spring).  These courses are available in a traditional (face-to-face), hybrid, and/or online formats. Most of these traditional courses and hybrid courses are offered in the evenings at either the Center City Campus or the Queen Lane Campus.

Courses offered by Westphal College of Media Arts and Design are designated as DIGM. They are taught face-to-face in quarter terms (fall, winter, spring and summer) at the University City Campus (Building No. 71 in the University City Campus map). The University City campus is a 10-minute walk from Center City, the core of Philadelphia's commercial and business district. Shuttle service is available between campuses.

There are several ways to customize the experiential learning component (2.0 - 6.0 semester credits) so that it satisfies both the degree requirements and, especially, the student’s own personal situation. The duration of the internship may vary. Shorter rotations may require that the student enroll in elective courses to meet the semester credit requirements for degree.

Please note that the credits for the DIGM courses shown below are shown in quarter credits. Three (3.0) credit quarter courses confer the equivalent of 2.0 semester credits.  The program required the completion of 36.0 semester credits for graduation. Semesters and quarters overlap sufficiently to allow full-time students to meet the degree requirements for this program in two years. 

Required Courses
Science Requirements
IDPT 500SResponsible Conduct of Research2.0
or MIIM 503S Biomedical Ethics
MIIM 515SConcepts in Biomedicine I3.0
or MIIM 530S Fundamentals of Molecular Medicine I
MIIM 516SConcepts in Biomedicine II2.0
or MIIM 531S Fundamentals of Molecular Medicine II
MIIM 535SBiomedical Technology Commercialization I1.0
MIIM 536SBiomedical Technology Commercialization II1.0
MIIM 550SBiomedicine Seminar2.0
MIIM 605SExperiential Learning3.0
MIIM 631SBiomedical Innovation Development and Management4.0
MIIM 645SBiomedical Career Explorations1.0
Digital Media Requirements
DIGM 505Design and Interactivity Bootcamp *3.0
DIGM 506Animation and Game Design Bootcamp *3.0
DIGM 520Interactivity I *3.0
DIGM 521Interactivity II *3.0
DIGM 525Animation I *3.0
DIGM 530Game Design I *3.0
Electives
Students must select a minimum of 5 credits from the following:5.0
Biostatistics I
Applied Statistics for Biomedical Sciences
Biotechniques I: Molecular and Genomic Methods
Molecular Medicine Journal Club II
Molecular Medicine Journal Club I
Viruses and Viral Infections
Bacteria and Bacterial Infections
Mycology and Fungal Infections
Parasitology and Parasitic Diseases
Introduction to Infectious Diseases
Introduction to Immunology
Microbiology and Immunology Seminar
Emerging Infectious Diseases
Clinical Correlations in Infectious Disease
Animation II
Game Design II
Total Credits42.0
*

Science courses are offered on a semester basis, and digital media courses are offered on a quarter basis.  Semesters and quarters overlap sufficiently to allow students to meet the degree requirements in 2.5 years. The formula to convert quarter credit hours to semester credit hours is: Number of quarter credit hours x 0.6667 = Number of semester credit hours. Therefore a 3.0 quarter credit course will convert to 2.0 semester credits. This program requires a minimum of 36.0 semester credits to meet the degree requirements.

Sample Plan of Study

Below is a sample full-time plan of study that can be completed in two years. Students may also opt to enroll part-time. Part-time students must complete the program within six years. To learn more about part-time options, please contact the Program Director, Sandra Urdaneta-Hartmann, MD, PhD, MBA at slu@drexel.edu for more information.

First Year
FallCredits
MIIM 515S
or 530S
Concepts in Biomedicine I
Fundamentals of Molecular Medicine I
3.0
MIIM 550SBiomedicine Seminar2.0
DIGM 525*Animation I3.0
DIGM 520*Interactivity I3.0
 Term Credits11.0
Total Credit: 11.0
*

Digital Media courses are listed in quarter credits. However, 2.0 semester credits will be awarded for 3.0 quarter credits. Total semester credits for first year, fall semester = 9.0

First Year
SpringCredits
MIIM 516S
or 531S
Concepts in Biomedicine II
Fundamentals of Molecular Medicine II
2.0
MIIM 535SBiomedical Technology Commercialization I1.0
IDPT 500S
or MIIM 503S
Responsible Conduct of Research
Biomedical Ethics
2.0
DIGM 530*Game Design I3.0
DIGM 521*Interactivity II3.0
 Term Credits11.0
Total Credit: 11.0
*

Digital Media courses are listed in quarter credits. However, 2.0 semester credits will be awarded for 3.0 quarter credits. Total semester credits for first year, spring semester = 9.0

Second Year
FallCredits
MIIM 536SBiomedical Technology Commercialization II1.0
MIIM 605SExperiential Learning3.0
MIIM 540S**Viruses and Viral Infections (or other elective)2.0
MIIM 653S**Clinical Correlations in Infectious Disease (or other elective)3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Total Credit: 9.0
**

Other electives are as follows: IDPT 500S, IDPT 501S, MIIM 521S, MIIM 530S, MIIM 531S, MIIM 533S, MIIM 534S, MIIM 541S, MIIM 542S, MIIM 543S, MIIM 545S, MIIM 606S, MIIM 613S, DIGM 526, DIGM 531

Second Year
SpringCredits
MIIM 631SBiomedical Innovation Development and Management4.0
MIIM 645SBiomedical Career Explorations1.0
DIGM 526*, **Animation II (or other elective)3.0
DIGM 531*, **Game Design II (or other elective)3.0
 Term Credits11.0
Total Credit: 11.0
*

Digital Media courses are listed in quarter credits. However, 2.0 semester credits will be awarded for 3.0 quarter credits. Total semester credits for second year, spring semester = 9.0

**

Other electives are as follows:IDPT 500S, IDPT 501S, MIIM 521S, MIIM 530S, MIIM 531S, MIIM 533S, MIIM 534S, MIIM 540S, MIIM 541S, MIIM 542S, MIIM 543S, MIIM 545S, MIIM 606S, MIIM 613S, MIIM 653S

Program Goals

Upon completion of the degree requirements of this program students would have developed:

  • A broad core knowledge in interactive digital media development for application in biomedical science and innovative technologies
  • More in-depth analytical, research, and critical thinking skills applicable to the process of biomedical technology development
  • Skills to identify professional ethical dilemmas and evaluate appropriate solutions
  • Graduate-level communication and leadership skills
  • Additional professional soft skills (e.g., teamwork, problem-solving, knowledge of career opportunities, networking)

Drexel Student Learning Priorities (DSLPs)

In the course of meeting these program-level goals, students would have also made progress in all of Drexel’s Student Learning Priorities (DSLPs) to help them build their future:

Core Intellectual and Practical Skills:

  • Communication
  • Creative and critical thinking
  • Ethical reasoning
  • Information literacy
  • Self-directed learning

Experiential and Applied Learning: 

  • Global competence
  • Leadership
  • Professional practice
  • Research, scholarship and creative expression
  • Responsible citizenship
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