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. 

*For Fall 2023, students can take an optional capstone course (MICB 906). Those who choose to do the capstone in Fall must also register for the capstone course in the Spring (MICB 907). The capstone will become required for starting in the 2024-2025 Academic Year.

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


MICB 589: Environmental Health & Policy
2 credits | Wed, 12:30pm-2:10pm
Course Instructor: Tomoko Steen & Lisa Jaegar

MICB 603: Science and Technology in Global Arena
4 credits | Wed, 2:30pm-5:50pm
Course Instructor: Tomoko Steen & Taylor Winkleman

MICB 606: Public Policy for Scientists
3 credits | Tues, 5:00pm-8:00pm
Course Instructor: Julie Fischer & Taylor Winkleman

MICB 800: Global Infectious Diseases Seminar
2 credits | Tue, 9:30am-11:20am
Course Instructor: Richard Calderone & JP Gonzalez

Spring Required Courses


MICB 562: Shaping National Science Policy
3 credits | Thurs, 3:00pm-5:50pm
Course Instructors: Taylor Winkleman & Tomoko Steen

MICB 705: Science Diplomacy & World Health
2 credits | Wed, 11:00am-12:40pm
Course Instructor: Tomoko Steen

MICB 801: Global Infectious Diseases Interdisciplinary Seminar
2 credits | Thu, 11:00am-12:50pm
Course Instructor: Richard Calderone & JP Gonzalez

Fall Electives


MICB 515: Microbiology of Biological Threat Agents & Emerging Infectious Diseases
3 credits | Fall Semester
Course Instructor: Erin Sorrell

MICB 549: Infectious Disease & Conflict
2 credits | Fall Semester
Course Instructor: Erin Sorrell

MICB 551: Seminar: Biohazardous Threat Agents & EID
2 credits | Fall Semester
Course Instructor: Mike Bray & Seth Carus

MICB 590: One Health and Health Security
2 credits | Fall Semester
Course Instructor: Jenny Witthoff

MICB 623: 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.

MICB 701: Regulatory Science: Where the Law Meets Science, Part I
3 credits | Fall Semester
Course Instructor: Lisa Jaeger

MICB 708: Immunogenetics in Health and Disease
2 credits | Fall Semester
Course Instructor: Colm O’Huigin

MICB 741: Policy and Pandemic Management
2 credits | Fall Semester
Course Instructors: Matthew Sharkey & David Stiefel

MICB 852: Seminar in Microbiology and Immunology
1 credit | Fall Semester
Course Instructor: Stephan Menne

MICB 906: Biomedical Science Policy Capstone Project
2 credits | Fall Semester
Course Instructor: Tomoko Steen & Taylor Winkleman

Spring Electives


MICB 570/SYSM 570: Clinical Applications of the Microbiota
2 Credits | Spring Semester
Course Instructor: Tomoko Steen & Sona Vasudevan

MICB 599: Survey of International Policy
3 credits | Spring Semester
Course Instructor: Taylor Winkleman

MICB 607: Pharmaceutical, Biotech, and Medical Device Innovation and Regulation
2 Credits | Spring Semester
Course Instructor: JP Auffret

MICB 623: 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 660: Concepts of Immunotherapy
3 credits | Spring Semester
Course Instructor: Stephan Menne

MICB 703: Regulatory Science: Where the Law Meets Science, Part II
3 credits | Spring Semester
Course Instructor: Lisa Jaeger & Tomoko Steen

MICB 724: Integration of Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Management
2 credits | Spring Semester
Course Instructor: Jim Banaski

MICB 803: Biosafety, Biosecurity and Biodefense
2 credits | Spring Semester
Course Instructor: Joshua Kurjan & Matt Sharkey

MICB 805: Emerging Biotechnologies
2 credits | Spring Semester
Course Instructor: Julie Fischer

MICB 853: Seminar in Microbiology and Immunology
1 credits | Spring Semester
Course Instructor: Stephan Menne

MICB 907: Biomedical Science Policy Capstone Project II
3 credits | Spring Semester
Course Instructor: Tomoko Steen

HESY 594: Global Health & Law
2 credits | Spring Semester
Course Incstructor: Michael Stoto, Lawrence Gostin, & Alexandra Phelan
(You must contact your program coordinator for more information on how to register for courses in other departments.)