Interdisciplinary Health Sciences

Major: Interdisciplinary Health Sciences
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Semester
Total Credit Hours: 48.0
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 51.1099
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 29-2011; 29-2012

About the Program

The School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies, Division of Pre-Medical and Pre-Health (PMPH) Programs, offers the Master of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences (IHS). Students matriculating in this program are provided an opportunity to enhance their academic credentials and demonstrate an ability to succeed in biomedical science courses with content relevant to their chosen healthcare profession. Students are offered personalized guidance as they select from a broad range of course options.

IHS students complete multiple required courses throughout their first and second years. These courses are designed to provide general knowledge and skills essential for a career in the health sciences. Elective courses are selected with a program advisor to best suit the needs and interests of each student. Students entering their second year in IHS must decide upon a concentration track, and complete a specified number of courses within that concentration track prior to graduation. In this way, the IHS curriculum is both structured and flexible. The goal is to reinforce the healthcare career interests of each student.

During the second year of IHS, students complete a rigorous research project. These projects teach students to communicate complex scientific information, while honing their critical thinking and analysis skills. Students may choose to complete a one-year mentored research project, which may be laboratory or clinically-oriented. This option is offered to students who have a dedicated interest in biomedical research. Alternately, a literature analysis project is offered for those who wish to pursue independent research on a biomedical topic of their choice.

Upon completion of IHS, students will have a strong, integrated view of the biomedical sciences - providing numerous advantages to graduates, whether using the degree as a springboard for further professional education or for direct entry into the healthcare workforce.

Students must complete a minimum of 48.0 credits to graduate, and must complete all required courses. The Master of Science degree will be awarded contingent upon satisfactory completion of all program requirements, including an earned GPA of no less than 3.0.

For more information about  the program, visit the College of Medicine's MS in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences page.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the IHS program must meet the following criteria:

  • Earned a minimum undergraduate math/science GPA of 2.5
  • Successfully completed all pre-medical prerequisite courses
  • Received MCAT scores in the 20th-50th percentile range, or minimum GRE – 50th percentile

Qualifying students participating in other PMPH Master of Science programs may have the option to transition into IHS, if healthcare career goals deem the transfer appropriate.

Applicants with lower scores may be considered if they can demonstrate recent upward academic trends, or exemplary healthcare experience or community service activities.

For more information about applying to the program, visit the College of Medicine's MS in Interdisciplinary Health Science Admissions web page.

Degree Requirements

IHS 500SCareer Counseling in the Health Sciences Seminar I1.0
IHS 501SCareer Counseling in the Health Sciences Seminar II1.0
IHS 502SNeuropharmacology3.0
IHS 507SInitiating Biomedical Research2.0
IHS 508SMIHS Research Project1.5
IHS 509SMIHS Research Paper1.5
MSPP 525SCommunity Dimensions of Medici2.0
Biostatistics *3.0
Introduction to Scientific Writing *2.0
Total Credits17.0

Concentrations:

Biochemical and Pharmacologic Principles
Select six of the following:
CR 614SPharmacotherapy in New Drug R&D3.0
MFSP 557SDrug Chemistry2.0
MFSP 551SHuman Function3.0
MFSP 580SPrinciples of Immunology2.0
MLAS 529SMolecular Genetics3.0
MSPA 580SMedical Microbiology I4.0
MSPA 581SMedical Microbiology II3.0
MSPP 515SBiological Function & Regulation4.0
MSPP 511SConcepts in Bioch & Cell Biolo4.0
PHRM 512SGraduate Pharmacology3.0
IHS T580SSpecial Topics in Interdisciplinary Health Science *3.0
Concepts in Anatomy and Pathology
Select six of the following:
CR 500SEpidemiology3.0
MFSP 551SHuman Function3.0
MFSP 554SPrinciples of Forensic Pathology4.0
MFSP 556SForensic Anthropology and Topics in Human Identification3.0
MFSP 580SPrinciples of Immunology2.0
MFSP 584SIntroduction to Forensic Radiology2.0
MLAS 531SEmbryology3.0
MLAS 536SAnimal Models for Biomedical Research1.0
MLAS 545SFundamentals of Histology3.0
MSPP 515SBiological Function & Regulation4.0
MSPP 513SSpecial Topics in Anatomy4.0
MSPP 511SConcepts in Bioch & Cell Biolo4.0
IHS T580SSpecial Topics in Interdisciplinary Health Science *3.0
Laboratory Techniques
Select six of the following:
CR 505SEthical Issues in Research3.0
CR 511SThe History of Misconduct in Biomedical Research3.0
CR 515SIntro to Clinical Trials3.0
CR 565SContemporary Issues in Human Research Protection3.0
CR 600SDesigning the Clinical Trial3.0
CR 612SFundamentals of Compliance3.0
IHS 522SEnhanced Laboratory Investigation I2.0
IHS 523SEnhanced Laboratory Investigation II2.0
MFSP 556SForensic Anthropology and Topics in Human Identification3.0
MFSP 577SGenetics for the Forensic Scientist2.0
MFSP 578SForensic Photography3.0
MFSP 579SForensic Microbiology2.0
MFSP 589SForensic DNA Analysis4.0
MLAS 523SOrganizational Management3.0
MLAS 525SAnimal Anatomy2.0
MLAS 535SBiology & Care Of Lab Animals4.0
MLAS 536SAnimal Models for Biomedical Research1.0
MLAS 545SFundamentals of Histology3.0
MLAS 610SDiseases of Laboratory Animals3.0
MSPA 520SMedical Terminology3.0
MSPA 580SMedical Microbiology I4.0
MSPA 581SMedical Microbiology II3.0
MSPP 505SLab Tech in Bioch & Molec Biol2.0
MFSP T580SSpecial Topics in Forensic Science *3.0
Medical Science
Required Courses for this Concentration
IMSP 502SMedicine and Society I3.0
IMSP 506SMedical Professionalism and Leadership 3.0
IMSP 513SBiochemical Basis of Disease8.0
IMSP 522SFunction of the Human Body I3.5
IMSP 523SFunction of the Human Body II3.5
IMSP 542SCell Biology and Histology I5.0
IMSP 543SCell Biology and Histology II3.0
IMSP 562SNeuroanatomy: Structure and Function 6.0
Optional
IMSP 544SBasic Immunology I1.5
IMSP 545SBasic Immunology II1.5
IMSP 552SFundamentals of Nutrition and Diet1.0
Additional Electives
CR 609SInnovative Product Development3.0
MFSP 558SInstrumental Analysis2.0
MFSP 567SBasic Techniques for the Analysis of Biomolecules3.0
MFSP 581SHuman Osteology and Calcified Tissue Biology I3.0
MFSP 582SHuman Osteology and Calcified Tissue Biology II2.0
MFSP 585SClinical Forensic Emergency Medicine and Traumatology2.0
MFSP 586SIntroduction to Forensic Pediatrics3.0
MFSP 587SIntroduction to Forensic Psychology2.0
MFSP 588SSpecial Topics in Cell Biology2.0
*

Please see your advisor for the course numbers and topics that are acceptable.

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
FallCredits
IHS 500SCareer Counseling in the Health Sciences Seminar I1.0
Biostatistics**3.0
Scientific Writing**2.0
Minimum of 6.0 additional credits selected from list of electives in conjunction with program director6.0
 Term Credits12.0
Spring
IHS 501SCareer Counseling in the Health Sciences Seminar II1.0
IHS 502SNeuropharmacology3.0
MSPP 525SCommunity Dimensions of Medici2.0
Minimum of 6.0 additional credits selected from list of electives in conjunction with program director6.0
 Term Credits12.0
Second Year
Fall
IHS 507SInitiating Biomedical Research2.0
IHS 508SMIHS Research Project1.5
Minimum of 8.5 additional credits selected from list of electives in conjunction with program director, with at least 5.0 credits coming from concentration track8.5
 Term Credits12.0
Spring
IHS 509SMIHS Research Paper1.5
Minimum of 10.5 additional credits selected from list of electives in conjunction with program director, with at least 5.0 credits coming from concentration track10.5
 Term Credits12.0
Total Credit: 48.0
*

 Students taking the Medical Sciences track are also required to take all IMS fall courses except for Basic Immunology I, Basic Immunology II, and Fundamentals of Nutrition and Diet.

**

 Please see your advisor for acceptable course numbers.

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