Curriculum

Students must complete 30 credits of coursework with at least a 3.0 (B average) to graduate with a Master's Degree in Biomedical Science Policy and Advocacy. Students may complete the program in one year (two semesters) attending full-time, and two to three years part-time.

The sample curriculum (shown below) assumes that a student is pursuing the degree full time. Part time option is also available, in which case the curriculum will be distributed over a longer period of study as determined by the student, but not exceeding 3 years. Each semester has their own required core courses that students must take to graduate. Other courses may be substituted for the elective courses, but changes will require an approval by the program director, who also serves as the faculty advisor.


Students in the Biomedical Science Policy & Advocacy program will focus on three major areas:

  1. Biomedical Science Concepts
  2. Public Policy Skills and Principles for Scientists
  3. Encourage students to complete an internship (Click HERE!)

If you would like to take a look at our department course schedule, please look here.

Fall Semester Required Courses
MICB 589 - Environmental Health & Policy [2]

MICB 603 - Science and Technology in Global Arena [4]

MICB 606 - Public Policy for Scientists [3]

MICB 800 - Global Infectious Diseases Seminar [2]

Spring Semester Required Courses
MICB 705 - Science Policy & World Health [2]
MICB 801 - Global Infectious Diseases Interdisciplinary Seminar [2]
BIOL 562 - Shaping National Science Policy [3]
Fall Semester Electives

MICB 515 - Microbiology of Biological Threat Agents & Emerging Infectious Diseases [3]

MICB 549 - Infectious Disease & Conflict [2]

MICB 551 - Seminar: Biohazardous Threat Agents & EID [2]

MICB 590 - Animal Health [2]

MICB 612 - Immunology [3] 

MICB 623 - Internship Experience [2]

*Requires Instructor Approval. Students must have taken at least 12 credits in order to take this internship course. Must contact your program coordinator, Judie Kuo, for more information.

MICB 701 - Legal Foundations of the Regulatory Process [2]

MICB 702 - Regulatory Science and Public Health [2] 

MICB 708 - Immunogenetics in Health and Disease [2]

MICB 852 - Seminar in Microbiology and Immunology (Fall) [1]

BCHB 710 - Scientific Writing [1]

GLOH 503 - Epidemiologic Methods [3]

Spring Semester Electives

MICB 560 - Principles and Applications of Drug Discovery [2]

MICB 623 - Internship Experience [2]

*Requires Instructor Approval. Students must have taken at least 12 credits in order to take this internship course. Must contact your program coordinator, Judie Kuo, for more information.

MICB 629 - Mechanisms of Microbial Pathogenesis [3]

MICB 703 - Advanced Regulatory Science and Public Health [2]
MICB 708 - Immunogenetics in Health & Disease [2]
MICB 853 - Seminar in Microbiology and Immunology (Spring) [1]

BCHB 710 - Scientific Writing [1]

HESY 594 - Global Health & Law [2]

LAWG 364 - Public Health Law & Ethics [3]

LAWG 594 - Global Health Law: An Intensive, Problem-Based Exploration [2]

STIA 394 - Global Health Diplomacy [3]

STIA 423 - Global Hunger [3]