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Master of Science in the Biomedical Sciences / 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.
This dual degree is a thesis-based Masters of Science degree with the exact same MPH component as the non-thesis Masters degree. Therefore, the only changes are within the Biomedical Sciences portion of the dual degree.

Students will be introduced to basic biomedical science through four core courses (12 credits) and 3 required courses (9 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.
  • Design and execute basic science research experiments, interpret data, analyze results, and draw conclusions on novel questions borne out in the Masters thesis proposal and then finalized in the final Masters dissertation.

The Curriculum

Students will be enrolled in the M.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 not need to fulfill any elective credits toward the MSBS (thesis) degree. 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 4 Core Courses (12 credits):
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 Biomedical Science REQUIRED courses (9 credits):
Laboratory Rotation (A) – Masters (2 credits)
Ethics in Science, Research and Scholarship (2 credits)
Thesis Research/M.S.B.S. (5 credits)
All students will be required to take the following 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 no (0) 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.S./M.P.H. dual degree.

In conclusion, to complete this proposed dual degree program of 57 credits, the MSBS portion will require completion of 12 credits of MSBS core courses, 9 credits of MSBS required courses, 0 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.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://som.umdnj.edu/gsbstrat/index.htm  and the SPH-Stratford website: http://sph.umdnj.edu/campus/campus.detail.cfm?campusID=4 .

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