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: 26.9999

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

About the Program

The Masters of Science in Biomedicine and Law degree program comprehensive training in technical and practical aspects of science and innovation, 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 is an interdisciplinary online 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 Kline School of Law teach the entrepreneurship courses.

  • Non-thesis program (36.0 semester credits needed to graduate)
  • No thesis requirement
  • Required and elective courses in each discipline
  • Flexible internship (experiential learning)
  • Customizable plan of study

Format

  • Online (select courses in both disciplines are offered face-to-face on-campus)
  • Accelerated: 1-year MS (full-time) or 2.5 years (part-time)

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.

For information regarding financial aid, please visit Drexel Central

Program Goals

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

1.  A broad core knowledge in biological sciences and legal aspects of biomedical innovation

2.  More in-depth analytical, research, and critical thinking skills

3.  An advanced understanding of professional ethics

4.  Graduate-level communication and leadership skills

5.  Other "work readiness" soft skills such as teamwork, problem-solving, knowledge of career opportunities, and 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

Admission Requirements

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; and
  • 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  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 information regarding financial aid, please visit Drexel Central

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

Degree Requirements

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. 

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
Law Requirements
LAW 783SBioethics2.0
or MIIM 503S Biomedical Ethics
LSTU 500SIntroduction to the Legal System3.0
LSTU 506SPatients and Privacy: HIPAA and Related Regulations3.0
Electives
Choose at least 1 program-specific science elective and 2 law electives
Science, Program-Specific (Required to pick at least 1 course, but more than 1 is recommended)
Applied Statistics for Biomedical Sciences
Biostatistics I
Biomedicine Seminar
Experiential Learning
Biomedical Career Explorations
Special Topics in Microbiology & Immunology
Science, Clinical Research
Emerging Trends in Medical Device History
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 II
Molecular Medicine Journal Club I
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
Law (Required to pick at least 2 courses) ***
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
Legal Regulation of Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Research and Development
Legal Regulation of Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Sales and Marketing Practices
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
Entrepreneurship ***
Learning from Failure
Innovation & Ideation
Innovation in Established Companies

Sample Plan of Study

To learn more about part-time options, please contact a Program Director:  

Sample Plans of Study

These are samples of customizable plans of study. Variations may occur depending on course availability and each student's interest.

Full-time, Fall Start

First Year
FallCredits
Required Course(s) 
MIIM 518SFoundations of Applied Biomedicine3.0
LSTU 500S*Introduction to the Legal System3.0
Elective Course(s) 
MIIM 550SBiomedicine Seminar3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Spring
Required Course(s) 
MIIM 519SCommercialization of Biomedical Technology3.0
LSTU 506S*Patients and Privacy: HIPAA and Related Regulations3.0
Elective Course(s) 
CR 545SPharmaceutical Law3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Summer
Elective Course(s) 
MIIM 605SExperiential Learning2.0-6.0
LSTU 503S*Legal Research and Analysis2.0-3.0
 Term Credits4.0-9.0
Second Year
Fall
Required Course(s) 
MIIM 503SBiomedical Ethics2.0
MIIM 631SBiomedical Innovation Development and Management (Capstone Course)5.0
Elective Course(s) 
LSTU 501S*Compliance Skills: Auditing, Investigation & Reporting3.0
 Term Credits10.0
Total Credit: 32.0-37.0

Full-time, Spring Start

First Year
FallCredits
Elective Course(s) 
MIIM 605SExperiential Learning2.0-6.0
MIIM 550SBiomedicine Seminar3.0
LSTU 503S*Legal Research and Analysis2.0-3.0
 Term Credits7.0-12.0
Spring
Required Course(s) 
MIIM 519SCommercialization of Biomedical Technology3.0
LSTU 500S*Introduction to the Legal System3.0
Elective Course(s) 
CR 545SPharmaceutical Law3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Summer
Required Course(s) 
MIIM 518SFoundations of Applied Biomedicine3.0
LSTU 506S*Patients and Privacy: HIPAA and Related Regulations2.0-3.0
Elective Course(s) 
CR 515SIntro to Clinical Trials3.0
 Term Credits8.0-9.0
Second Year
Spring
Required Course(s) 
MIIM 631SBiomedical Innovation Development and Management5.0
MIIM 503SBiomedical Ethics2.0
Elective Course(s) 
ENTP 621*Innovation & Ideation3.0
 Term Credits10.0
Total Credit: 34.0-40.0

Part-time, Fall Start

First Year (Part-Time)
FallCredits
Required Course(s) 
MIIM 518SFoundations of Applied Biomedicine3.0
Elective Course(s) 
MIIM 550SBiomedicine Seminar3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Spring
Required Course(s) 
MIIM 519SCommercialization of Biomedical Technology3.0
MIIM 503SBiomedical Ethics2.0
LSTU 500S*Introduction to the Legal System3.0
 Term Credits8.0
Summer
Required Course(s) 
LSTU 506S*Patients and Privacy: HIPAA and Related Regulations2.0-3.0
Elective Course(s) 
MIIM 605SExperiential Learning2.0-6.0
 Term Credits4.0-9.0
Second Year (Part-Time)
Fall
Elective Course(s) 
CR 545SPharmaceutical Law3.0
MIIM 645SBiomedical Career Explorations2.0
LSTU 503S*Legal Research and Analysis2.0-3.0
 Term Credits7.0-8.0
Spring
Required Course(s) 
MIIM 631SBiomedical Innovation Development and Management (Capstone Course)5.0
Elective Course(s) 
LSTU 501S*Compliance Skills: Auditing, Investigation & Reporting2.0-3.0
 Term Credits7.0-8.0
Total Credit: 32.0-39.0

Part-time, Spring Start

First Year (Part-Time)
FallCredits
Required Course(s) 
MIIM 503SBiomedical Ethics2.0
Elective Course(s) 
MIIM 550SBiomedicine Seminar3.0
LSTU 503S*Legal Research and Analysis2.0-3.0
 Term Credits7.0-8.0
Spring
Required Course(s) 
MIIM 519SCommercialization of Biomedical Technology3.0
LSTU 500S*Introduction to the Legal System3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Summer
Required Course(s) 
MIIM 518SFoundations of Applied Biomedicine3.0
LSTU 506S*Patients and Privacy: HIPAA and Related Regulations2.0-3.0
Elective Course(s) 
MIIM 645SBiomedical Career Explorations2.0
 Term Credits7.0-8.0
Second Year (Part-Time)
Spring
Elective Course(s) 
MIIM 605SExperiential Learning2.0-6.0
LSTU 504S*Health Care Rules and Regulations3.0
 Term Credits5.0-9.0
Summer
Required Course(s) 
MIIM 631SBiomedical Innovation Development and Management5.0
Elective Course(s) 
ENTP 621*Innovation & Ideation3.0
 Term Credits8.0
Total Credit: 33.0-39.0
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