|Master of Biomedical Science / Master of Public Health (Health Systems and Policy) Dual Degree Program
This program is intended for individuals who want to explore opportunities in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical industries, and/or public health sectors along with employees in health related research fields who want to gain expertise in the biomedical sciences and health systems and policies.
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.
Students will be enrolled in the MBS/MPH dual degree program and adhere to all applicable RowanGSBS and Rutgers University School of Public Health requirements for the degree. Students must complete a total of 57 credit hours. Students will be allowed to take up to two (2) School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM) 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 schools (RowanGSBS and Rutgers University School of Public Health), with an overall grade point average of 3.00 or higher from each individual school.
All students will be required to pass the following 4 designated core courses (12 credits) in the Master of Biomedical Science program and earn a cumulative 3.00 or higher grade point average (GPA) in the core courses:
Fundamentals in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology I (3 credits)
Fundamentals in Cell Biology II (3 credits)
Fundamentals in Systems Biology III (3 credits)
Seminar in Biomedical Science (3 credits)
All students will be required to take the following Rutgers SPH Health Systems and Policy 5 Core Courses (15 credits):
Introduction to Biostatistics (3 credits)
Principles of Health Care Management (3 credits)
Introduction to Epidemiology (3 credits)
Introduction to Environmental Health (3 credits)
Health Education and Behavioral Science (3 credits)
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 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 MBS/MPH dual degree with Rutgers University School of Public Health.
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 Rowan GSBS and Rutgers University School of Public Health, with an overall grade point average of 3.00 or higher from each individual school as well as any other program specific requirement, i.e., GSBS core course academic average of 3.00 or higher.