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 offers the Master of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences. Students matriculating in this program or those already participating in Master of Science in Biological Science or Drexel Pathway to Medical School (DPMS) Master's 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 second year will permit students to refine their knowledge and further explore closely related subjects in a chosen area of focus in greater depth.

In their second year, students in the IHS 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 second 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 (IHS) program. US citizens or permanent residents either directly matriculate into the program or may transition into the program from other qualifying programs, such as the Master of Science in Biological Science program. International students are required to enter the Master of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences program directly. 

In their second year of the program, 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.

Fall
Required Courses
IHS 500SCareer Counseling in the Health Sciences Seminar I1.0
Working with an advisor, students select four courses from the following: 11.0
Ethical Issues in Research
Intro to Clinical Trials
Scientific Wriring and Medical Literature
Current Federal Regulatory Issues in Biomedical Research
Pharmaceutical Law
Leadership Skills
Fundamentals of Compliance
Informatics in Pharm Res & Development
Organizational Management
Animal Anatomy
Embryology
Animal Models for Biomedical Research
Fundamentals of Histology
Histotechnology I
Medical Microbiology I
Embryology
Graduate Pharmacology
Concepts in Bioch & Cell Biolo
Spring
Required Courses
IHS 501SCareer Counseling in the Health Sciences Seminar II1.0
IHS 502SNeuropharmacology3.0
MSPP 525SCommunity Dimensions of Medici2.0
Working with an advisor, students select two additional courses from the following: 6.0
Principles of Epidemiology
Biology & Care Of Lab Animals
Medical Microbiology II
Special Topics in Anatomy
Biological Function & Regulation
Pharmaceutical Law
Total Credits24.0

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.

Fall
Interdisciplinary Health Science Core Course3.0
Concentration Track Courses (See Below)9.0
Spring
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:
Biotech/Research
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 & Regulation
Biological Aspects of the Forensic Sciences
Graduate Pharmacology
Drug Discovery and Development I
GRADUATE PHYSIOLOGY
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)
Embryology
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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