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 Graduate 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). This program allows students to become stronger applicants to medical or other health professional schools by enhancing their academic credentials through a customizable biomedical curriculum. The IHS program also helps students to find and engage in meaningful community service experiences and provides an opportunity to supplement biomedical coursework with laboratory or clinical research.

IHS students complete multiple required courses throughout their first and second years. These courses provide general knowledge and training essential for a career in healthcare. Students also receive personalized guidance from a program advisor as they select courses to best meet their needs and interests from a broad range of electives. Students entering their second year in IHS select a concentration track and complete a specified number of courses within that concentration prior to graduation. In this way, the IHS curriculum is both flexible and structured in its goal of reinforcing the healthcare career interests of each student.

During the second year of IHS, students complete a rigorous one-year research project which teaches students to communicate complex scientific information and hone their critical thinking and analysis skills. Students with a dedicated interest in biomedical research may choose to complete a mentored research project in a laboratory or clinic. Alternatively, students may choose to complete an independent literature analysis project on the biomedical topic of their choice.

Upon completion of IHS, students will have a strong, integrated view of the biomedical sciences, which provides numerous advantages to graduates whether using their 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 awarding of the Master of Science degree will be contingent upon satisfactory completion of all program requirements, including an earned GPA of no less than 3.0.

Additional Information

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

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.

Additional Information

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

Degree Requirements

Required Courses
IHS 500SCareer Development in the Health Sciences Seminar I1.0
IHS 501SCareer Development in the Health Sciences Seminar II1.0
IHS 507SInitiating Biomedical Research2.0
IHS 508SMIHS Research Project1.5
IHS 509SMIHS Research Paper1.5
IHS 510SIntroductory Biostatistics3.0
IHS 513SScientific Writing for Healthcare Professionals2.0
MSPP 525SCommunity Dimensions of Medicine2.0
Concentration Courses and Electives *34.0
Total Credits48.0

Concentrations:

Biochemical and Pharmacologic Principles
Select six of the following:
CR 614SIntroduction to Clinical Pharmacology3.0
IHS 502SNeuropharmacology3.0
IHS 514SMolecular Biology & Biochemistry of the Cell3.0
IHS 520SMolecular & Cellular Bases of Medicine2.0
IHS 525SHuman Nutrition3.0
IHS T580SSpecial Topics in Interdisciplinary Health Science *3.0
MFSP 551SHuman Function3.0
MFSP 557SDrug Chemistry2.0
MFSP 580SPrinciples of Immunology2.0
MLAS 529SMolecular Genetics3.0
MSPA 580SMedical Microbiology I4.0
MSPA 581SMedical Microbiology II3.0
MSPP 511SConcepts in Biochemistry and Cell Biology4.0
MSPP 515SAdvanced Human Physiology4.0
PHRM 512SGraduate Pharmacology3.0
Concepts in Anatomy and Pathology
Select six of the following:
CR 500SEpidemiology3.0
IHS 514SMolecular Biology & Biochemistry of the Cell3.0
IHS 521SNeurophysiology of the Senses4.0
IHS 525SHuman Nutrition3.0
IHS T580SSpecial Topics in Interdisciplinary Health Science *3.0
MFSP 551SHuman Function3.0
MFSP 554SPrinciples of Forensic Pathology3.0
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 511SConcepts in Biochemistry and Cell Biology4.0
MSPP 513SAdvanced Human Anatomy4.0
MSPP 515SAdvanced Human Physiology4.0
Laboratory Techniques
Required courses for this concentration
IHS 522SEnhanced Laboratory Investigation I2.0
IHS 523SEnhanced Laboratory Investigation II2.0
Select four of the following:
BIOT 502SGroup Dynamics in STEM3.0
BIOT 503SProfessional Portfolio Development2.0
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
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
MFSP T580SSpecial Topics in Forensic Science *3.0
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 505SLaboratory Techniques in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology2.0
Medical Science
Required Courses for this Concentration
IMSP 502SMedicine and Society3.0
IMSP 506SMedical Professionalism and Leadership 3.0
IMSP 513SMedical Biochemistry6.0
IMSP 522SMedical Physiology I3.0
IMSP 523SMedical Physiology II3.0
IMSP 542SMedical Microanatomy I4.0
IMSP 543SMedical Microanatomy II2.0
IMSP 562SMedical Neuroanatomy6.0
Optional
IMSP 544SMedical Immunology I2.5
IMSP 545SMedical Immunology II1.5
IMSP 552SMedical Nutrition1.0
Additional Electives
CR 609SInnovative Product Development3.0
IHS 515SExploring Diversity in Healthcare 2.0
IHS 516SStrategic Communication and Professional Development 2.0
MFSP 558SInstrumental Analysis3.0
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 588SAdvanced Topics in Cell Biology2.0

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
IHS 500S1.0IHS 501S1.0
IHS 510S3.0MSPP 525S2.0
IHS 513S2.0IHS 507S***2.0
Minimum of 6.0 additional credits selected from list of electives in conjunction with program director6.0Minimum of 6.0 additional credits selected from list of electives in conjunction with program director6.0
 12 11
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
IHS 508S1.5IHS 509S1.5
Additional credits selected from list of electives in conjunction with program director, with at least 5.0 credits coming from concentration track10.0Additional credits selected from list of electives in conjunction with program director, with at least 5.0 credits coming from concentration track12.0
 11.5 13.5
Total Credits 48
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