The Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences (IHS) program offers students an opportunity to enhance their academic credentials and demonstrate an ability to succeed in science courses with content relevant to their chosen health care profession. Located on the Center City Campus of Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, this 48-credit Master of Science degree is offered as a two-year program.
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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.
Year 1: Focus on Academics
Students complete required coursework designed to address the needs of all Interdisciplinary Health Sciences students, regardless of their intended health care career. Additional courses are selected with a program advisor to best suit the needs and interests of each student.
Students are encouraged to consult with program advisors and faculty to decide upon a concentration track. In this way, the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences curriculum can be customized to reinforce the health care career interests of each student. Interdisciplinary Health Sciences also facilitates the opportunity to achieve competitive scores on standardized exams with an MCAT or DAT preparatory course, included in the cost of tuition.
Year 2: Focus on Success
During the second year of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, students complete a rigorous research project. These projects 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 or clinically-oriented. 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 care career goals
- Achieve a competitive score on the standardized exam required to pursue the student’s health care 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 care career goals and outcome evaluation
The Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Mentorship Program is a student-run program where first-year Interdisciplinary Health Sciences students are paired with second-year Interdisciplinary Health Sciences 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 Interdisciplinary Health Sciences 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 Interdisciplinary Health Sciences 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.