Degree Requirements

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.

Students have the flexibility to choose from the recommended electives as well as any elective offered by the Department of Microbiology in order to tailor the program to fit their interest. 

Students can take an optional capstone course (BSPA 7906 for Fall, BSPA 7907 for Spring). You may take one or two semesters of the capstone course depending on the length and complexity of your project. Please reach out to Dr. Tomoko Steen to discuss a plan of action before registering. 

CHECKLIST

☐ 7 Required Courses (18 credits)

☐ 12 Electives Credits

☐ *Optional Capstone Course

Review our Department Course Schedule, course syllabi, and course catalog.

Fall Required Courses


BSPA 6589: Environmental Health & Policy
2 credits | Wed, 12:30pm-2:10pm
Course Instructor: Tomoko Steen & Lisa Jaegar

BSPA 6603: Science and Technology in Global Arena
4 credits | Wed, 2:30pm-5:50pm
Course Instructor: Tomoko Steen & Taylor Winkleman

BSPA 6606: Public Policy for Scientists
3 credits | Tues, 5:00pm-8:00pm
Course Instructor: Julie Fischer & Taylor Winkleman

BSPA 7800: Global Infectious Diseases: International Perspective
2 credits | Tue, 9:30am-11:20am
Course Instructor: Richard Calderone & JP Gonzalez

Spring Required Courses


BSPA 6562: Shaping National Science Policy
3 credits | Thurs, 3:00pm-5:50pm
Course Instructors: Taylor Winkleman & Tomoko Steen

BSPA 7005: Science Diplomacy & World Health
2 credits | Wed, 11:00am-12:40pm
Course Instructor: Tomoko Steen

BSPA 7801: Global Infectious Diseases Seminar
2 credits | Thu, 11:00am-12:50pm
Course Instructor: Richard Calderone & JP Gonzalez

Fall Electives


BHTA 6515: Microbiology of Biological Threat Agents
3 credits | Fall Semester

BHTA 6551: Seminar: Biohazardous Threat Agents & Emerging Infectious Diseases
2 credits | Fall Semester
Course Instructor: Mike Bray & Seth Carus

BHTA 6590: One Health and Health Security
2 credits | Fall Semester
Course Instructor: Jenny Witthoff

BSPA 6607: Pharmaceutical, Biotech, and Medical Device Innovation & Regulation
2 Credits | Fall Semester
Course Instructor: JP Auffret

BHTA 7950: Internship Experience*
2 credits | Fall Semester
Course Instructor: Contact program for more information
* Requires Instructor Approval. Students must have taken at least 12 credits in order to take this course. Contact program director, Tomoko Steen, for more information.

BSPA 7001: Regulatory Science I: Law & Science
3 credits | Fall Semester
Course Instructor: Lisa Jaeger

MICB 7008: Immunogenetics in Health & Disease
2 credits | Fall Semester
Course Instructor: Colm O’Huigin

BHTA 6741: Policy & Pandemic Management
2 credits | Fall Semester
Course Instructors: Matthew Sharkey & David Stiefel

MICB 6852: Seminar in Microbiology and Immunology – Fall
1 credit | Fall Semester
Course Instructor: Stephan Menne

BSPA 7906: Biomedical Science Policy & Advocacy Capstone Project
2 credits | Fall Semester
Course Instructor: Tomoko Steen & Taylor Winkleman

Spring Electives


BSPA 6570/SYSM 5700: Clinical Applications of the Microbiota
2 Credits | Spring Semester
Course Instructor: Tomoko Steen & Sona Vasudevan

BSPA 6599: Survey of International Policy
3 credits | Spring Semester
Course Instructor: Taylor Winkleman

BHTA 7950: Internship Experience*
2 credits | Spring Semester
Course Instructor: Contact program for more information.
* Requires Instructor Approval. Students must have taken at least 12 credits in order to take this course. Contact program director, Tomoko Steen, for more information.

MICB 6600: Concepts of Immunotherapy
3 credits | Spring Semester
Course Instructor: Stephan Menne

BSPA 7003: Regulatory Science I: Law & Science
3 credits | Spring Semester
Course Instructor: Lisa Jaeger & Tomoko Steen

BHTA 6724: Integration of Public Health Preparedness & Emergency Management
2 credits | Spring Semester
Course Instructor: Jim Banaski

BHTA 6803: Biosafety, Biosecurity & Biodefense
2 credits | Spring Semester
Course Instructor: Joshua Kurjan & Matt Sharkey

BHTA 6805: Emerging Biotechnologies
2 credits | Spring Semester
Course Instructor: Julie Fischer

MICB 6853: Seminar in Microbiology and Immunology – Spring
1 credits | Spring Semester
Course Instructor: Stephan Menne

BSPA 7907: Biomedical Science Policy & Advocacy Capstone Project II
3 credits | Spring Semester
Course Instructor: Tomoko Steen