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Biochemistry of Health and Disease (BHAD) Program Details

During the first year, both Biochemistry of Health and Disease (BHAD) PhD and MS students divide their time between coursework and lab rotations. The coursework includes the Core Curriculum and a specialized advanced topics course.

Core Curriculum

First-year students from all Biomedical Science programs participate in the year-long Core Curriculum, a set of modules designed to provide a broad foundation in the biomedical sciences and serve as a framework to support advanced coursework in more specialized areas.

Lab Rotations

Each student chooses three different laboratories in which to carry out lab rotations, which typically run August–December, January–April and May–June. These research experiences provide broad research training, and also allow students to "test-drive" potential thesis laboratories.

At the start of the second year, students choose a thesis advisor and begin their thesis research; they will also take advanced courses, as detailed below.

  • MCBG-507: Macromolecular Structure and Function
  • BIOC-508: Experimental Approaches to Biochemical Problems
  • BIOC-511: Scientific Writing for Biomedical Researchers: Grants and Papers
  • Choice of elective

After the completion of their coursework, the students focus full-time on their thesis research. Throughout their graduate career, students attend seminars and journal clubs, as well as various workshops and special events offered throughout the University.

The average duration of study for a PhD degree is approximately five and a half years; a minimum of two years of full-time study is required for the MS degree.

Program-Level Outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Science/PhD in Biochemistry of Health and Disease program will achieve eight program-level outcomes that describe the skills, competencies and knowledge gained through completion of the program curriculum.

  • Demonstrate a broad base of fundamental knowledge in biomedicine
  • Understand how molecular structure and mechanisms govern the behavior of complex biological systems
  • Be able to critically evaluate the scientific literature in their area of specialization
  • Be able to effectively communicate scientific information in both oral and written formats
  • Have achieved expertise in selected laboratory techniques drawn from the fields of biochemistry, molecular biology and biophysics
  • Understand and abide by ethical and professional standards of the field
  • Be prepared for work in industrial, academic and governmental settings
  • Be prepared for advanced study in the biomedical sciences

Biochemistry of Health and Disease Program Policies and Procedures

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A graduate student in the Biochemistry program at Drexel University College of Medicine.