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The application cycle for the 2023 program is now open for both the coming spring and next fall.

The Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences (IHS) program targets students who would benefit from enhancing their applications to medical or other health professional schools.

Interdisciplinary Health Sciences students:

  • Can improve their academic credentials by demonstrating success in graduate-level biomedical coursework with content relevant to their chosen health care profession
  • During their second year in the program, students will complete an individualized capstone project customized to meet their research or community service interests
  • Engage in meaningful community service and volunteer activities, which can be customized to suit their personal interests and skills
  • Receive individual guidance while improving their professional portfolios through building curriculum vitae/resumes, writing personal statements and practicing interview skills

Learn more about the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences curriculum.

Mentorship Program

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.

Affiliation Agreements

The Interdisciplinary Health Sciences program has affiliation agreements with Salus University and Temple School of Podiatry. Students who meet specific GPA and standardized test metrics are offered a guaranteed interview at both schools.

Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Student News and Profiles

Discovery Day - October 27, 2022

Grace Sandel, IHS class of 2022, presented "Co-Infection and Cancer: Host-Pathogen Interaction between Dendritic Cells and HIV-1, HTLV-1, and Other Oncogenic Viruses." Sameika Graham, IHS class of 2022, presented “Impact of Mobile Covid-19 Testing in Communities of Philadelphia.”

Rachel Allison, Drexel Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Class of 2023

Meet Rachel Allison, IHS Class of 2023

"While the coursework has been rigorous to prepare students for medical school, the support and guidance I’ve received from my peers and faculty has been the most invaluable to me in my personal and academic growth. In one year, I have become a better learner, gotten to know my advisors and professors on a level I did not have in my undergraduate years, and received advice unique to my own personal struggles that have helped me succeed in my coursework and exams." Read more.

Explore & Serve Day 2022

The Division of Pre-medical and Pre-health Programs held its fifth annual Explore & Serve Day on April 8, 2022. This event is dedicated to recognizing our students’ outstanding contributions to either biomedical science research or community service endeavors. Students gave face-to-face oral and poster presentations for the first time since 2019. View photos.

Esin Bulut: Drexel IHS Program Class of 2021

Meet Esin Bulut, IHS Class of 2021

"The people! The premed environment is highly competitive and borderline toxic. The Interdisciplinary Health Sciences program has been the opposite of that. We share every single opportunity with each other; we want to see each other succeed and wear that white coat as colleagues. In Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, you are not your low GPA, grades, or scores; you are a future doctor/PA/dentist worthy of great opportunities and scores." Read more.

Frederick Okoye

IHS Alum Okoye Awarded POMA Scholarship

Congratulations to IHS program graduate Frederick Okoye who was awarded a POMA scholarship. "Since my undergraduate years, healthcare advocacy for underserved populations has been one of my passions. It remains a huge reason for my interest in becoming a physician. It was a big reason I created numerous community outreach events, encouraging collaboration and serving as a conduit between established medical institutions and Philadelphia residents. It remains the reason why I mentor pre-med students who demonstrate similar interests in helping narrow the disparity gaps that have persisted throughout American history among marginalized groups. To get recognition from an organization like POMA for doing something I genuinely feel this strongly about fills me with extreme gratitude and only motivates me to continue this work." The Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association (POMA) scholarship is designed to honor a student or resident who has done exceptional outreach to populations considered to have significant health disparities due to race, gender, sexual orientation or economic status. Learn more.

Marcelina Puc, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Student

Drexel Emerging Graduate Scholars Conference from the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies

Interdisciplinary Health Sciences (IHS) program student Marcelina Puc was awarded the Provost’s Award for Best Virtual Oral Research Presentation for their project titled, “Gene Editing to Correct a Novel ABCA3 Mutation in Human Lung Fibroblasts.”

2022 Division of Pre-Medical and Pre-Health Programs Student Awards

Amber Morrill, PMPH Common Good Award; Daisy Salazar, Excellence in Teaching Assistance; Kate Williams, Excellence in Teaching Assistance

On May 11, 2022, the following students were recognized: Amber Morrill, PMPH Common Good Award; Daisy Salazar, Excellence in Teaching Assistance; Kate Williams, Excellence in Teaching Assistance; and Abell Asres, Academic Achievement.

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