Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences

About the Program

The School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies offers the Master of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences. Students already participating in the Interdisciplinary Health Science (IHS), Medical Science Preparatory (MSP), or Drexel Pathway to Medical School (DPMS) certificate programs who qualify (see admissions guidelines) and wish to obtain additional, more focused education within the medically related health sciences can earn a Master of Science degree through this program. Having obtained a broad exposure to a variety of health care and medically related sciences during the first year, the MIHS year will permit students to refine their knowledge and further explore closely related subjects in a chosen area of focus in greater depth.

After successful completion of the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, Medical Science Preparatory, or Drexel Pathway to Medical School programs, students matriculating into the MIHS program complete a research project and elect coursework primarily from a declared area of specialization in the biomedical sciences. The program's advanced educational experience confers a unique training and perspective that is well-suited to understanding the numerous complexities and professional interrelationships of the current health care system. Upon completion, students will have a strong, integrated view of the medical sciences—providing numerous advantages to graduates, whether utilizing the degree as a springboard for further professional education or subsequently entering the healthcare workforce.

During their participation in the MIHS year of the program, students will complete a minimum of 24.0 additional credit hours of graduate course work (for a total minimum of 48 hours in entire 2 year program) including a final research project and paper. The Master of Science (MS) 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

There are two routes of entry into the Master of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences (MIHS) program. US citizens or permanent residents are required to first successfully complete the Interdisciplinary Health Science or Medical Science Preparatory program and then may transition into the MIHS program. International students are required to enter the Master of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences program directly, which consists of the IHS year followed by the MIHS year. 

Upon admission to the MIHS year, students will be required to declare a concentration track. See the College's curriculum page for more details about the concentrations.

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

Degree Requirements

24.0 additional semester credits for a total minimum of 48.0 semester credits in the two-year program

After completing the Interdisciplinary Health Science Certificate requirements, students complete 24.0 additional credit hours of graduate course work. Students select a concentration track, and complete a final research paper. Students may take courses from other areas that are relevant to their concentration. For additional guidance on the research paper requirements, students should contact the MIHS Program Director.

Interdisciplinary Health Science Core Course3.0
Concentration Track Courses (See Below)9.0
MLAS 530SBiostats In Vet Science3.0
Concentration Track Courses (See Below)9.0
Total Credits24.0

Concentration Tracks

Clinical Research, Management and Laboratory Skills18.0
Select six from the following:
Health Policy and Economics
Pharmacotherapy in New Drug R&D
Financial Mgmt In Lab Anim Sci
Organizational Management
Laboratory Management
Medical Terminology
Leadership Skills for the Medical Profession
Medical Ethics
Biology & Care Of Lab Animals
Animal Models for Biomedical Research
Drug Discovery and Development I
Total Credits18.0


Biochemical and Pharmacologic Principles18.0
Select six of the following:
Biochemical Basis of Disease (Upenn)
Molecular Genetics
Selected Topic in Pharmacology
Concepts in Bioch & Cell Biolo
Biological Function & Regulati
Biological Aspects of the Forensic Sciences
Graduate Pharmacology
Drug Discovery and Development I
Total Credits18.0


Concepts in Anatomy and Pathology18.0
Select six of the following:
Forensic Anthropology and Topics in Human Identification
Principles of Forensic Pathology
Human Osteology and Calcified Tissue Biology II
Biochemical Basis of Disease (Upenn)
Animal Models for Biomedical Research
Fundamentals of Histology
Applied Anatomic Pathology
Medical Pathology I
Medical Pathology II
Special Topics in Anatomy
Total Credits18.0


Laboratory Techniques18.0
Select six of the following:
Forensic Photography
Biology & Care Of Lab Animals
Animal Models for Biomedical Research
Fundamentals of Histology
Medical Terminology
Histotechnology I
Medical Microbiology I
Medical Pathology II
Medical Ethics
Total Credits18.0

Medical Science
Required Courses for this Concentration
IMSP 502SMedicine and Society I3.0
IMSP 503SMedicine and Society II2.0
IMSP 520SMedical Physiology I3.5
IMSP 521SMedical Physiology II3.5
IMSP 540SCell Biology & Microanatomy I5.0
IMSP 541SCell Biology and Microanatomy II3.0
IMSP 560SMedical Neuroscience6.0
Total Credits26.0


Medical Technology
(Concentration is under development)

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