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: 26.9999

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 27-1014    

About the Program

The MS in Biomedicine and Digital Media is a hybrid or blended program that 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. Faculty from Drexel University's College of Media Arts and Design teach the digital media courses which are offered face-to-face. Select courses in both disciplines are offered face-to-face on campus. Students must complete a minimum of 36.0 semester credits to graduate.

  • Non-thesis program (36 semester credits are needed to graduate)
  • Required and elective courses in each discipline
  • Flexible internship elective (experiential learning)
  • Customizable plan of study

Format

  • Hybrid/Blended (digital media courses are face-to-face, select science courses are online)
  • New students admitted each fall and spring semesters
  • Classes taught throughout the year (fall, spring, and summer)
  • Accelerated: 1-year MS (full-time) or 1.5 years (part-time)

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 one year. Part-time students must complete the program within four 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 the program director:

Sandra Urdaneta-Hartmann, MD, PhD, MBA

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

Admission Requirements

New students are admitted every fall and spring semester.

Post-college applicants must have completed a four-year degree program. An undergraduate degree in science is preferred but not required. Although a minimum 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:

  • 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.

Three letters of recommendation are required. If you received your degree within the last five years, it is strongly recommended that at least one letter of recommendation be provided by someone familiar with your academic qualifications and potential (e.g., your undergraduate advisor, a course instructor, or your research mentor). If you are requesting a letter from someone at your place of employment, the recommendation should be provided by a supervisor (or another more senior manager) with direct knowledge of your work and should address your scientific aptitude as well as your work ethic.

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. 

  • TOEFL score needs to be at least 90 with at least a 27 in both the reading and writing sections
  • IELTS score needs to be above 7

Certain visa types do not permit individuals to enroll in online or hybrid programs. Foreign applicants should check with their visa sponsors for eligibility. Drexel University cannot sponsor F-1 or J1 visas for individuals interested in online, hybrid, or part-time programs.

Online applications are accepted all year-round for consideration for either fall or spring admission. Students may defer admission by one year. All admission decisions are made at the College of Medicine.

Program Contact Information

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

For questions about how to apply to the program, please contact an enrollment counselor at duonline@drexel.edu or visit the Drexel University Online MS in Biomedicine and Digital Media webpage.

For information regarding financial aid, please visit Drexel Central

Degree Requirements

Science courses are offered by Drexel University College of Medicine and are taught in semester terms (fall and spring). Digital Media courses are offered by Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and  are taught face-to-face in quarter terms (fall, winter, spring, and summer).  

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.  

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

Program Requirements

Required Courses
Science Requirements
MIIM 503SBiomedical Ethics2.0
or IDPT 500S Responsible Conduct of Research
MIIM 518SFoundations of Applied Biomedicine *3.0
MIIM 519SCommercialization of Biomedical Technology **3.0
MIIM 631SBiomedical Innovation Development and Management5.0
Digital Media Requirements ***
DIGM 505Design and Interactivity Bootcamp3.0
DIGM 506Animation and Game Design Bootcamp3.0
Electives
Choose at least 1 program-specific science elective and 2 digital media electives5.0
Science, Program-Specific
Applied Statistics for Biomedical Sciences
Biostatistics I
Biomedicine Seminar
Biomedical Career Explorations
Experiential Learning
Special Topics in Microbiology & Immunology
Science, Clinical Research
Emerging Trends in Medical Device Regulation
The History of Misconduct in Biomedical Research
World Wide Regulatory Submissions
Intro to Clinical Trials
Scientific Writing and Medical Literature
Current Federal Regulatory Issues in Biomedical Research
Pharmaceutical Law
Compliance & Monitoring Issues
Designing the Clinical Trial
Science, Basic Science & Research
Fundamentals of Molecular Medicine I
Concepts in Biomedicine I
Fundamentals of Molecular Medicine II
Concepts in Biomedicine II
Molecular Medicine Journal Club I
Molecular Medicine Journal Club II
Biotechniques I: Molecular and Genomic Methods
Biotechniques II: Immunological Methods
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
Digital Media ***
New Media: History, Theory and Methods
Digital Cultural Heritage
Interactivity I
Interactivity II
Animation II
Game Design II
Spatial Data Capture
Game Development Foundations
Serious Games
Experimental Games
Game Design from the Player’s Perspective
Special Topics in Digital Media
Entrepreneurship ***
Learning from Failure
Innovation & Ideation
Innovation in Established Companies
 

Sample Plans of Study

These are samples of customizable plans of study. Variations may occur depending on course availability and each student's interest.  This program is only available as a hybrid program, starting in the fall semester.

Full-time, Fall Start

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
Required Course(s)Required Course(s)Elective Course(s)
MIIM 518S3.0MIIM 519S3.0MIIM 605S2.0-6.0
DIGM 505*3.0MIIM 503S2.0CR 525S3.0
DIGM 506*3.0Elective Course(s)ENTP 641*3.0
Elective Course(s)DIGM 530*3.0 
MIIM 645S2.0ENTP 621*3.0 
 11 11 8-12
Second Year
FallCredits  
Required Course(s)  
MIIM 631S5.0  
Elective Course(s)  
CR 515S3.0  
DIGM 525*3.0  
 11  
Total Credits 41-45

Part-time, Fall Start 

First Year (Part-Time)
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
Required Course(s)Required Course(s)Elective Course(s)
MIIM 518S3.0MIIM 519S3.0MIIM 605S2.0-6.0
DIGM 505*3.0MIIM 503S2.0CR 525S3.0
DIGM 506*3.0Elective Course(s)ENTP 641*3.0
 DIGM 530*3.0 
 9 8 8-12
Second Year (Part-Time)
FallCreditsSpringCredits 
Elective Course(s)Required Course(s) 
MIIM 550S3.0MIIM 631S5.0 
MIIM 540S2.0ENTP 621*3.0 
DIGM 525*3.0  
 8 8 
Total Credits 41-45

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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