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. The part-time option is only available for U.S. Citizens. International students are required to register as a full-time student, taking the normative amount of credits. For more information, please refer to the Office of Global Services here

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 directors, who also serve as faculty advisors.


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

  1. Who are the drivers of policy?
  2. Biomedical Science Concepts
  3. Public Policy Skills and Principles for Scientists
  4. Policy Internships (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 Diplomacy & 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 599 - Survey of International Policy [3]

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]

GLOH 503 - Epidemiologic Methods [3]

Spring Semester Electives
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 660 - Concepts of Immunotherapy [3]

MICB 703 - Advanced Regulatory Science and Public Health [2]
MICB 708 - Immunogenetics in Health & Disease [2]

MICB 803 - Biosafety, Biosecurity and Biodefense [2]

MICB 805 - Emerging Biotechnologies [2]

MICB 853 - Seminar in Microbiology and Immunology (Spring) [1]

HESY 594 - Global Health & Law [2]

LAWJ 364 - Public Health Law & Ethics [3]

PPOL 661 - Genomics, Precision Med & PPOL

STIA 394 - Global Health Diplomacy [3]

STIA 423 - Global Hunger [3]