The Interdisciplinary Health Sciences (IHS) program is unique because it offers coursework from multiple programs and disciplines in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies. The flexible curriculum of this full-time, two-year master of science program allows students to create an academic experience consistent with their health care career goals. Such customization also allows students to consider health science career pathways they wouldn't have previously considered.
The Interdisciplinary Health Sciences program provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to succeed in rigorous science courses with content relevant to their chosen health care profession. In this way, students may strengthen their academic record for health professional schools, or for direct entry into the health care workforce.
Each semester, the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences program highlights a Rising Star, a student who is excelling in his or her coursework and/or research endeavors. This semester's Rising Star is Alaina Turchi, IHS Class of 2018. Read Alaina's Story.
Alaina has been accepted to Indiana University School of Medicine for Fall 2018!
"There’s a lot of collaboration here, and that’s kind of amazing when you consider that it’s a graduate school in a big city. You’re not all living in the same area and you’re not all on the same schedule, but as we settled in, it was a very collaborative environment. There’s a great sense of community in the program and that was great because in the health care profession you’re rarely, if ever, working on your own; you have to work with people in teams, so it was helpful to learn the curriculum that way." Read Michael's Story.
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Students take 12 to 18 credits/semester for a minimum of 24 total credits per year. This program requires completion of a minimum of 48 credit hours to graduate.
During Year 1
During the first year of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, students complete required coursework designed to address the needs of all IHS students, regardless of their intended health care career. Students also select one of four possible concentration tracks. Elective courses are primarily chosen from those offered within each concentration track. In this way, the IHS curriculum is cohesive, yet flexible, and geared toward meeting the academic needs and interests of each student.
Students are highly encouraged to consult with an IHS program advisor when selecting their concentration track and elective courses. In addition, IHS facilitates the opportunity to achieve competitive scores on standardized exams via a Princeton Review MCAT or DAT preparatory course, which is included in the cost of tuition.
During Year 2
During the second year of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, students complete additional required and elective coursework, in addition to a rigorous research project. These projects are designed to teach students to communicate complex scientific information while honing their critical thinking and analysis skills. Students may choose to complete a one-year mentored research project, which may be laboratory-based or clinical. This option is offered to students who have a dedicated interest in biomedical research. Alternately, a literature analysis project is offered for those who wish to pursue independent research on a biomedical topic of their choosing.
Program Level Outcomes
Graduates of the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences program will achieve six program level outcomes that describe the skills, competencies and knowledge gained through completion of the program curriculum.
- Demonstrate an ability to succeed in science courses with content relevant to the student’s health profession career goals
- Achieve a competitive score on the standardized exam required to pursue the student’s health profession career goals
- Demonstrate independence and creativity in designing and completing a cohesive, concentration-specific research project
- Demonstrate an ability to effectively communicate complex scientific information to a variety of audiences
- Demonstrate critical thinking and analysis skills
- Develop an ability to evaluate one’s own progress, abilities, strengths, and weakness, and apply this knowledge toward appropriate decision making with respect to health profession career goals and outcome evaluation
The MIHS Mentorship Program is a student-run program where first-year IHS students are paired with a second-year IHS volunteer mentors based on personal and professional compatibility. The mentor-mentee dynamic facilitates both professional and academic growth where participants learn from their peers.
This program allows for first-year IHS students to have a personalized resource for questions and advice regarding course selection, study tips, life at Drexel, medical school applications and more. Second-year mentors are afforded the opportunity to "pay it forward" and give back to the IHS community that has continued to support them. Through program meetings and social outings, participants of the MIHS Mentorship Program build collegial relationships to support and guide one another.