Biomedicine and Law

Major: Biomedicine and Law
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Semester
Total Credit Hours: 36.0
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 26; 22.0000

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 19-1020; 19-1042; 23-2000

About the Program

The Masters of Science in Biomedicine and Law degree program provides interactive and comprehensive training in technical and practical aspects of science and research, as well as in the legal aspects related to new biomedical product development, entrepreneurship and regulatory compliance. This program is geared to individuals interested in careers focused in technology development.

Graduates of this program will be prepared to progress into more advanced graduate studies in science and/or careers in scientifically oriented management jobs in the public or private sector (e.g., technology commercialization offices, patent agencies). These individuals will also be competitive Law School applicants, if they so chose to continue their professional studies, even though credits for their legal coursework in this program will not be transferable for Law School credits.

Curriculum

This 2-year non-thesis program consists of required and elective courses in science and digital media (at least 30.0 semester credits) and an experiential learning component (2.0 - 6.0 semester credits). The program's "flex-credit" option allows students to customize their plan of study depending on each individual’s academic and professional aspirations.

"Flex-credit" can be used to select from a list of advanced elective courses. Students will choose electives based on their career interests and the option they choose to fulfill their experiential learning component. 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. The student must complete a minimum total of 36.0 semester credits to graduate.

Traditional (Face-to-Face), Hybrid and Online Learning Options

Most courses in this program are offered as online only. Select courses in this program are offered in a traditional (face-to-face), hybrid and/or online formats. This allows students maximum scheduling flexibility that fits with each individual’s schedules and learning styles. Students can also maintain the education continuum by mixing and matching traditional and online courses as best works for each student. The first year courses are foundation courses in science and business.

Interdisciplinary Features

Faculty from Drexel University College of Medicine's Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Institute for Molecular Medicine and Infectious Disease teach the science courses in this program. These courses are taught in semester terms (fall and spring) and are available in a traditional (face-to-face), hybrid, and/or online formats. Some of the traditional courses and hybrid courses are offered in the evenings at either the Center City Campus or the Queen Lane Campus.

Faculty from Drexel University's Drexel University's Kline School of Law, teach the law courses in semester terms as well (fall and spring).  Most courses offered by the Kline School of Law are taught online, but some are offered face-to-face only at the University City Campus (Building No. 90 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.

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. At least 4.5 semester credits are required 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:

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

For questions about how to apply to the program, please contact:

Stephanie Schleidt
Academic Administrator
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies
245 North 15th Street, Mail Stop 344sds
Philadelphia, PA 1910
Email: stephanie.schleidt@drexelmed.edu

Additional information can be found of the College of Medicine's website.

Admission Requirements

For acceptance into the MS in Biomedicine and Law program, post-college applicants must have completed a four-year degree program in business, biology, chemistry-based bachelor’s degree program, or equivalent, with at least a 3.0 GPA.

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;
  • Official test scores from graduate and professional admission exams are highly desirable, such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), Law School Admission Test (LSAT), or Medical College Admission Test (MCAT); and 
  • References from at least three instructors or professionals.

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:

Stephanie Schleidt
Academic Administrator
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies
245 North 15th Street, Mail Stop 344sds
Philadelphia, PA 1910
Email: stephanie.schleidt@drexelmed.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. Some 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 the Kline School of Law are designated as LSTU. They are taught mostly online in semester terms (fall and spring). 

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. 

Required Courses
Science Requirements
MIIM 515SConcepts in Biomedicine I3.0
MIIM 516SConcepts in Biomedicine II2.0
MIIM 535SBiomedical Technology Commercialization I1.0
MIIM 536SBiomedical Technology Commercialization II1.0
MIIM 550SBiomedicine Seminar2.0
MIIM 605SExperiential Learning4.0-6.0
MIIM 631SBiomedical Innovation Development and Management4.0
MIIM 645SBiomedical Career Explorations1.0
Law Requirements
LAW 783SBioethics2.0
or IDPT 500S Responsible Conduct of Research
or MIIM 503S Biomedical Ethics
LSTU 500SIntroduction to the Legal System3.0
LSTU 506SPatients and Privacy: HIPAA and Related Regulations3.0
Electives
Select a minimum of 4 credits from the following Science electives:4.0
Biotechniques I
Fundamentals of Molecular Medicine I
Fundamentals of Molecular Medicine II
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
Select a minimum of 6 credits from the following Law electives:6.0
Reproductive Rights Law
Health Care Fraud and Abuse
Law and Entrepreneurship
Health Law I: Reg Qual Access
Health Law II: Regul Cost Access
Health Policy Colloquium
Health Care Finance
Law of Medical Malpractice
Food and Drug Law
Health Law Legal Research
Compliance Skills: Auditing, Investigation & Reporting
Legal Research and Analysis
Health Care Rules and Regulations
Health Care Quality, Patient Safety and Risk Management
Risk Assessment and Management
Total Credits36.0-38.0

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 four 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
LAW 783S, IDPT 500S,
or MIIM 503S
Bioethics
Responsible Conduct of Research
Biomedical Ethics
2.0
LSTU 500SIntroduction to the Legal System3.0
MIIM 515SConcepts in Biomedicine I3.0
MIIM 550SBiomedicine Seminar2.0
 Term Credits10.0
Spring
LSTU 503S*Legal Research and Analysis (or other law elective)3.0
LSTU 506SPatients and Privacy: HIPAA and Related Regulations3.0
MIIM 516SConcepts in Biomedicine II2.0
MIIM 535SBiomedical Technology Commercialization I1.0
 Term Credits9.0
Second Year
Fall
LSTU 501S*Compliance Skills: Auditing, Investigation & Reporting3.0
MIIM 536SBiomedical Technology Commercialization II1.0
MIIM 540S**Viruses and Viral Infections (or other science elective)2.0
MIIM 605SExperiential Learning3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Spring
LAW 792S*Food and Drug Law (or other law elective)3.0
MIIM 521S**Biotechniques I2.0
MIIM 631SBiomedical Innovation Development and Management4.0
MIIM 645SBiomedical Career Explorations1.0
 Term Credits10.0
Total Credit: 38.0
*

Other law electives are as follows: LAW 610S, LAW 674S, LAW 703S, LAW 780S, LAW 781S, LAW 782S, LAW 784S, LAW 788S, LAW 792S, LAW 872S, LSTU 501S, LSTU 504S, LSTU 505S, LSTU 507S

**

 Other science electives are as follows: MIIM 521S, MIIM 530S, MIIM 531S, MIIM 533S, MIIM 534S, MIIM 541S, MIIM 542S, MIIM 543S, MIIM 545S, MIIM 546S, MIIM 606S, MIIM 613S, MIIM 653S

Program Goals

Upon completion of the degree requirements for this MS program, students would have achieved the following program-level goals:

  1. Develop broad core knowledge in biological sciences and legal aspects of biomedical innovation
    • Be proficient in fundamental concepts in molecular and cellular biology, and other major areas within the biological sciences 
    • Be proficient in fundamental concepts in legal aspects in biomedical innovation
    • Be proficient in the process of biomedical innovation development and commercialization
  2. Develop analytical and critical thinking skills
    • ​​Be able to critically analyze the ideas and concepts related to science and legal aspects of biomedical research presented written or orally by others (e.g., textbooks, journals, mass media, presentations by peers and subject matter experts)
    • Be able to identify, analyze, and evaluate the need for innovative solutions to problems or challenges in biomedicine and innovation management
    • Be able to identify and analyze challenges faced in biomedical innovation development and management 
    • Be able to discuss the commercial viability of innovative biomedical products (e.g., drugs, devices, diagnostics, digital media content)
    • Be able to draft and analyze strategic and tactical plans to deliver a biomedical product to the market
    • Be able to articulate and defend their analysis 
  3. Develop research skills
    • Be proficient at conducting primary research
    • Be proficient in collecting data from electronic databases, the World Wide Web, the library, and other sources 
    • Be able to interpret data 
  4. Develop professional ethics
    • Be able to identify and evaluate professional ethical dilemmas, and discuss appropriate resolutions 
    • Apply professional ethical standards such as appropriate attribution of ideas, good recordkeeping, and truthful presentation of data/facts and conclusions
    • Be able identify and evaluate the economic and social impact of strategic decisions
  5. Develop communication and leadership skills
    • ​​Be proficient at developing oral and/or written comprehensive reports, presenting facts, analysis, and conclusions
    • Be proficient at using appropriate technologies for communication
    • Be able to interact and work effectively with others in work settings involving cultural and demographic diversity
  6. Develop other “work readiness” soft skills
    • Be knowledgeable of career opportunities in their desired field​
    • Be proficient at presenting a professional profile of oneself
    • Be proficient at time-management
    • Be able to work in teams
    • Begin to develop problem-solving skills for use in the workplace
    • Begin to develop a professional network

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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