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Biomedical Science, MMSc

The mission of the Biomedical Science Masters program is to foster your passion for the health sciences and enhance your preparation for medical school or other healthcare professional programs. The program will increase your knowledge in both basic science and pre-clinical science and provide you with personalized mentoring to optimize your advancement to medical school or other healthcare-related employment or training.

Enhance Your Credentials

The Master of Medical Science (MMSc) in Biomedical Science Degree will enhance your credentials for medical school or other healthcare professional programs. The 12-month General Curriculum leads to the MMSc degree.

 

The program will:

  • Enhance your knowledge of basic sciences through graduate courses in the academic departments
  • Build your pre-clinical skill set in the patient care-centered graduate courses from the Physician Associate Studies program
  • Facilitate field studies such as shadowing physicians and health care professionals in a wide range of practices
  • Provide individualized professional advising to strengthen your professional school application and your interview skills
  • Mentor you to reflect on your personal growth during the program and your professional ambitions beyond the program
  • Include a Certificate in Business Management in the 24-month Leadership program (not available until Summer 2024)

 

Miami’s unique design empowers students to leverage their undergraduate experiences and career goals into a tailored graduate education using two tracks:

General Focus

Beginning in Summer 2023, students wanting to complete a more traditional bridge pathway to medical school will typically favor a General Studies track, which can be accomplished in as little as 12 months. (32-credits)

Leadership Focus

Beginning in the Summer of 2024, students wanting more extensive preparation will generally favor our Leadership track.  Partnering with Miami’s Farmer School of Business, this track can be accomplished in as little as 24 months (47 credits). 

 

The program trains future leaders for clinically-related work in healthcare fields. In addition, the Leadership track has flexible scheduling so students can fill gaps in their preparation for professional programs by increased shadowing and volunteering, and by intensively preparing for the MCAT.

*Students graduating from the leadership track will graduate with both a Master of Medical Science and a certificate in Business Management, which may be applied to a graduate degree Master’s Degree in Management.

 

The curriculum prepares you for the rigors of medical school and other biomedical professional opportunities through didactic classes, clinical case studies, professional presentations, and shadowing clinicians.

Curriculum and Instructional Design

Students from both the General Studies and Leadership tracks will take a core pre-clinical science curriculum based on courses from the Physician Associate Studies MS program (PAS). To individualize each student’s Plan of Study, electives are selected from graduate courses in General Science, Molecular Science, Neuroscience, and Public Health/Gerontology (BIO, CHM, GTY, KNH, MBI).


For students who follow the Leadership track additional courses from the Farmer School of Business are selected (FIN, ISA, MGT, MKT). A Certificate in Business Management is earned (available starting Summer 2024).


The culminating experience for the MMSc degree is a Capstone that encourages individual and group reflection through journal entries, discussion groups, and individualized conferences. Students complete the Capstone with a strong sense of their potential for unique contributions to the future of healthcare.

Curriculum by Focus

Master of Medical Science in Biomedical Science Degree with General Focus

Required core courses for the MMSc degree

COURSE # TITLE CREDITS

MMS 690

Capstone 

3

PAS 601

Professional Foundations

1

PAS 603

Evidence-based Medicine and Clinical Research

3

PAS 604

Clinical Bioethics and Professional Conduct

1

PAS 611

Introduction to Pharmacology

2

PAS 616

Introduction to the Human Body and Pathophysiology of Disease

4

PAS 623

or

MBI 515

Immunology and Infectious Disease

or

Immunology Principles and Immunology Principles and Practice*

3-4

CHM 740

Topics in Biochemistry*

3

Electives in Neuroscience  (3 credits must be selected in this category)

BIO 552

Neuromodulation

3

BIO 554

Endocrinology

 3

BIO 569

Neurophysiology

3

 BIO 571 

 Molecular Physiology

Electives in Molecular Science  (3 credits must be selected in this category)

BIO 544

Molecular Biology

3

BIO 564

Lab in Cellular and Molecular Biology

3

BIO 605

Advanced Molecular Biology

3

BIO 606

Advanced Cell Biology

3

CHM 740

Topics in Biochemistry

3

MBI 595

Bacterial Cell and Developmental Biology

3


Electives in General Science (3 credits must be selected in this category)

BIO 549

Biology of Cancer

3

GTY 608

The Logic of Inquiry

3

GTY 609

Qualitative Research Methods

3

MBI 505

Medical Bacteriology

4

MBI 525

Microbial Physiology

4

MBI 564

Human Viruses

3


Electives in Public Health/Gerontology (3 credits must be selected in this category)

KNH 541

Environmental Public Health

3

KNH 562

Public Health Planning and Evaluation

3

KNH 611

Behavioral Health Promotion and Education

3

GTY 556

Aging and Health

3

GTY 579

Research on Inequality in Aging and Health

4

GTY 602

Perspectives in Gerontology

3

GTY 667

Policy and Politics of Aging

3


Semester Credits Required Master of Science in Biomedical Science:

*Substitutions may be permitted with program director approval

32

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Master of Medical Science in Biomedical Science Degree with Research and Management, Leadership Focus

Additional courses for MMSc degree with Leadership Focus

Beginning Summer 2024
COURSE # TITLE CREDITS

ISA 628

IT and Data Enterprise

1.5

FIN 625

Managerial Finance

3

MGT 610

Strategic Human Capital

1.5

MGT 627

Supply Chain Management

3

MKT 618

Marketing Management

3

MMS 677

Applied Research Methods 

 3


Additional credits required for MMSc with a certificate in Business Management (Minimum of 15-credits above 32-credit hours).

15

Credit Hour Requirements

The General Studies track requires the successful completion of 32 total credit hours for the Master of Medical Science in Biomedical Science degree.  This track can be accomplished with 12 months of full-time study.  The degree prepares students to pursue professional training such as medical school or to enter employment in the healthcare sector.

The Leadership track requires the addition of 15 credit hours.  Successful completion of 47 credit hours leads to the Master of Medical Science in Biomedical Sciences degree and a Graduate Certificate in Business Management.  This innovative design trains students to become managers of clinical or research programs or to pursue professional training such as medical school. (Available Summer 2024)

Shadowing Experience 

The students will participate in shadowing experiences where they will observe clinical practice delivery. The mentors for these experiences will discuss how information learned in the classroom is applied in clinical situations.  In addition to reinforcing the importance of didactic coursework, the shadowing experiences introduce students to professional standards and behavior and help them visualize themselves as practicing clinicians.  The shadowing experience is a critical foundation for the Capstone experience

Description of the Culminating Experience

The Capstone for both the General and Leadership tracks will provide a framework for the student to reflect on their professional growth during their program.  The student will describe the healthcare sector in a historical, economic, or sociological context, highlighting specific problems and opportunities for change. In particular, each student will focus on their own unique potential and make contributions based on their academic, clinical, and field experiences during their graduate studies. The Capstone is completed by submitting a written report and making a public presentation to your cohort and faculty. 

 

Requirements for Admission to the Biomedical Science MMSc:
  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, with a cumulative and natural science GPA minimum of 3.0.
    • One year (Two Semesters), with labs: 
      • Biology
      • General Chemistry
      • Organic Chemistry
      • Physics
    • One Semester of:
      • Biochemistry
      • Microbiology (recommended)
    • General studies are assumed to include:
      • One year of English
      • One semester college Math
      • One Semester of Statistics
    • Recommended courses include:
      • One year Anatomy and Physiology with Lab
  • Complete a Minimal Technical Standards Health Screening, including current immunizations, and pass a Criminal Background check
  • General track:  MCAT, DAT, or equivalent. GRE with permission of the program director.
  • Leadership track: GRE or MCAT, DAT, or equivalent.

The Graduate School application site will request the following:

  • An application fee of $50
  • Resume
  • One-page personal statement that specifically addresses your reasons for applying to the program

You will need to have the following material sent to the Graduate school

  • Official transcripts for all of your college and any post-graduate work
  • MCAT or other exam scores
  • TOEFL (if needed)
  • Three letters of recommendation, including at least one from a healthcare provider or scientist and one from a college professor

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