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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 Master of Science degree with the same MPH component as the non-thesis MBS/MPH dual degree with Rutgers School of Public Health. Therefore, the only changes are within the Biomedical Sciences portion of the dual degree.

Master of Science (thesis) students will be introduced to basic biomedical science through four core courses (9 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 Master’s thesis proposal and then finalized in the final Master’s dissertation.

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

All students will be required to pass the following 3 designated core courses (9 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)

All Master of Science (thesis) students will be required to pass the following Biomedical Science courses (9 credits):

Laboratory Rotation A – Masters (2 credits)
Bioethics in Science and Medicine (2 credits)
Thesis Research/MSBS (5 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 Rutgers 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 6 fieldwork credits within the Rutgers SPH Health System and Policy program to satisfy the remainder of the credits to complete the MS/MPH dual degree with Rutgers University School of Public Health.

In conclusion, to complete this dual degree program of 57 credits, the MSBS portion will require completion of 9 credits of MSBS core courses, 9 credits of MSBS required 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 RowanGSBS and Rutgers SPH, 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.

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