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Master of Biomedical Science / Master of Public Health (Health Systems and Policy) Dual Degree Program



Goals of the Program:

To provide a graduate level didactic program in the biomedical sciences and health systems and policy leading to a dual masters degree attesting to the students’ preparedness to enter various career possibilities in these fields or continue their education for a more advanced degree in the biomedical sciences and public health.

Intended Applicant Pool:

  • Individuals who want to explore opportunities in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical industries, and/or public health sectors.
  • Employees in health related research fields who want to gain expertise in the biomedical sciences and health systems and policies.

Competencies of M.B.S./M.P.H. Graduates:

Students will be introduced to basic biomedical science through four core courses (12 credits). Through this coursework students will be able to:

  • Understand the basic principles and techniques of modern cell and molecular biology as a framework for advanced knowledge in the biomedical sciences.

Students will be introduced to basic health systems and policies through 5 core courses (15 credits) and 5 required courses (15 credits). Through this coursework students will be able to:

  • Use economic theories, concepts and methodologies in the analysis of current health care issues and problems;
  • Assess community health needs and disparities within the context of social, cultural, political and economic forces;
  • Apply quantitative and qualitative research methods in the analysis of health service and policy issues; and,
  • Assess and delineate public health policies and practices recognizing legal and ethical implications for individuals and populations.

The Curriculum:

Students will be enrolled in the M.B.S./M.P.H. dual degree program and adhere to all applicable GSBS and SPH requirements for that degree. Students must complete a total of 57 credit hours. Students will be allowed to take up to two (2) School of Osteopathic Medicine first year courses to fulfill the elective credits of the MBS degree program, if so desired. Regarding transfer credits, 6 credits of relative courses can be transferred into the MBS program and an additional 6 credits into the MPH program to help satisfy the degree requirements. Award of the dual master’s degree is contingent upon satisfactorily completing all requirements of both the GSBS and the SPH of the UMDNJ, with an overall grade point average of 3.00 or better from each individual school.

All students will be required to take the following Biomedical Science CORE courses (12 credits):

GSSDN 5001 FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOCHEMISTRY AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY (I) FALL  3 Cr
This course will focus on basic and advanced topics in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. The course is designed to give the students a solid foundation in these subject areas. It is a course for both the basic scientist who seeks general principles about cellular function, and students preparing for health-related careers who wish to apply knowledge of the mechanisms of normal cellular function to the understanding of molecular dysfunction in human disease.

GSSDN 5002 FUNDAMENTALS OF CELL BIOLOGY (II)                                                        FALL              3 Cr
This course will focus on the biology and physiology of the cell and is organized around the central theme of homeostasis – how the cell meets changing demands while maintaining the internal constancy necessary for all cells and organs to function. It is a course for both the basic scientist who seeks general principles about cellular function, and students preparing for health-related careers who wish to apply knowledge of the mechanisms of normal cellular function to the understanding of cellular dysfunction in human disease.

MBIO 5113    FUNDAMENTALS OF SYSTEMS PHYSIOLOGY (III)                           SPRING          3 Cr
This course will focus on physiological systems of the human body, namely, the cardio-renal system and endocrinology. The course will be in the form of didactic lectures. Students will be evaluated on their performance on two examinations. At first the student will firstly be introduced to basic physiological aspects of the cardiovascular system and how it interacts with the kidney. In addition, there will be integrated lectures on diseases that may affect the heart and pharmacological treatments for these disorders. In the Endocrinology section, the student will be introduced to the actions of various hormones, which affect macro- and micronutrient metabolism. These series of lectures will provide the student with a clear understanding of three complex physiological systems. In order to consolidate understanding of these systems, lectures will be supplemented with appropriate literature outside of texts. 

MSBS 691 A  SEMINAR IN BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES                                                  FALL              3 Cr
This course aims to familiarize students in biomedical research where knowledge is being created and in the integration and interpretation of the knowledge thus created. This course is designed to teach the technique of scientific discourse by providing opportunities for students to effectively communicate ideas both orally and in writing to a critical audience of faculty and peers. At the end of the course, the student will have: a) a good background of current biomedical research; b) developed the critical and creative thinking skills necessary for innovative research and evaluation research data; and c) improved written and oral communication skills.

All students will be required to take the following Health Systems and Policy CORE courses (15 credits):

PHCO-0504    INTRODUCTION TO BIOSTATISTICS                                                    FALL              3 Cr
Applying statistical methods across the health, social, behavioral, natural, and physical sciences emphasizes similarities in analytic approaches taken by different disciplines.  Examples with "real" data are related to some professions dealing directly with service provision (e.g., medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, clinical psychology, public health, social work, speech pathology and audiology) as well as to others frequently performing research or ancillary roles in health-care (e.g., biology, business, demography, geography).  Reviews some research design, measurement, and other considerations in studying health-related issues.

HSAP 0652     PRINCIPLES OF HEALTH CARE MANAGEMENT                                           FALL              3 Cr
This course provides a broad overview of management in health care organizations.  A key assumption in this course is that in order to truly comprehend health care management, it is important to understand organizational reality at different levels.  Knowledge at the micro-level, focusing on day-to-day activities in various health care organizations, needs to be supplemented with macro-level perspectives focusing on systems and institutions where health policy is shaped and formulated. This course, thus, tries to strike a balance between micro- and macro-level perspectives on health care management.  Students are expected to be active participants in their learning and make informed and thoughtful contributions to class discussions.  At the end of the semester, students will have: 1) A good understanding of historical context and key contemporary forces shaping the US health care system; 2) A good understanding of various structural influences on access, equity, and quality of care; and 3) A good understanding of organizational and management theories and an ability to use these to analyze key health policy and management issues.

PHCO-0502J  INTRODUCTION TO EPIDEMIOLOGY                                                  SPRING          3 Cr
Principles and Methods of Epidemiology: This course introduces students to the study of disease and ill health through their patterns of occurrence in human populations.  The approaches of epidemiology in estimating the burden of disease, in making inferences about cause of disease, and in evaluating primary, secondary and tertiary prevention strategies are presented.

PHCO-0503J-040 INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH                                  SPRING          3Cr
This course explores the way in which particular characteristics of our environment impinge on health. The course examines health problems associated with chemical, physical, and biological agents, how they impact food safety, infectious disease, air quality, water quality, and land resources in community and occupational settings. Policies intended to improve public health through mitigation of environmental impacts will be reviewed.

PHCO-0505J-040 HEALTH EDUCATION AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE                              SUMMER      3Cr
The overall goal of this course is to introduce the MPH student to learning and behavioral science principles, theories, and practices that provide the framework for the practice of health education.  Students will be introduced to health education in a public health context, will be required to perform tasks frequently requested of health educators, and will be introduced to nationally endorsed competencies of certified health education specialists.

All students will be required to take 15 credits of REQUIRED courses by selecting one course from each of the following groups of SPH Health System and Policy program courses; all courses are 3 credits each:

Group 1:  Public Health Ethics & Law; 
Group 2:  Health Economics OR Applied Public Financing and Policy; 
Group 3:  Health Services Research Methods OR Survey Research; 
Group 4:  Public Health Management & Practice OR Managing Health Care Delivery OR Human Resource Management;  
Group 5:  Health Care Policy OR Public Health Policy and Practice

Students will choose 9 elective credits within the GSBS-S Master of Biomedical Sciences program AND 6 Fieldwork credits within the SPH Health System and Policy program to satisfy the remainder of the credits to complete the M.B.S./M.P.H. dual degree.

In conclusion, to complete this proposed dual degree program of 57 credits, the MBS portion will require completion of 12 credits of MBS core courses, 9 credits of GSBS elective courses and 9 credits of crossover courses from the SPH, specifically from Introduction to Biostatistics, Introduction to Epidemiology, and Introduction to Environmental Health while the MPH portion will require 15 credits of SPH core courses, 15 credits of SPH required courses, 6 credits of SPH fieldwork credits and 9 credits of crossover courses from the GSBS, specifically from Fundamentals I, II, and III. All crossover courses must be a B grade or better in order to transfer from the GSBS to the SPH and vice versa. Award of the dual master’s degree is contingent upon satisfactorily completing all requirements of both the GSBS and the SPH of the UMDNJ, with an overall grade point average of 3.00 or better from each individual school as well as any other program specific requirement, i.e. GSBS core course academic average of 3.00 or better.

Admission Requirements:

Applicants for admission to the M.B.S./M.P.H. dual degree program must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited undergraduate institution in the United States or its equivalent from an overseas institution, must have demonstrated superior academic achievement in the life and social sciences, and must be admitted by each school, GSBS and SPH, individually. The students can apply to each school at the same time or one school then the other.

Applicants must submit the following materials:

  • Application for Admission
  • Statement of Intent
  • Official transcripts of all prior coursework
  • GRE, MCAT or DAT scores
  • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation for GSBS and one (1) additional Letter of Recommendation for the SPH
  • Applicable Application Fee for both schools

           
Program information and an application for admission can be found on the GSBS-Stratford website: http://www3.umdnj.edu/gsbstrat/index.htm and the SPH-Stratford website: http://sph.umdnj.edu/campus/campus.detail.cfm?campusID=4 .
           

 

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