The Master of Science in Molecular Medicine (MMED) program is designed to provide academic and practical biotechnological knowledge in translational research, particularly in the areas of molecular therapeutics and vaccine development.
In addition to broad geographic access, the curriculum provides flexibility in content and course load. Most students will complete the program in two years through completion of required courses and electives selected from two menus: research theory and laboratory research. The research experience can be in an academic environment or a company setting, as best fits the individual student's goals and interests. Some students may opt to complete the program on a part-time basis, taking up to four years. In either sequence, no dissertation is required. Program directors and course faculty will work closely with each student to best achieve his or her specific goals.
The Molecular Medicine Program Is Also Online
If you prefer an online learning experience, you can still earn a Drexel master's degree in the field of molecular medicine. The online Master of Science in Molecular Medicine program features the same curriculum, flexibility, course content, and instructors as the traditional, face-to-face degree program.
Learn more about the online Master of Science in Molecular Medicine program!
The Molecular Medicine program is designed to be convenient and flexible to accommodate students. It features:
- Late afternoon/early evening classes (4 –7:30 p.m.) to minimize the impact on other commitments.
- Two campuses (Queen Lane Campus in East Falls and the New College Building in Center City Philadelphia) with videoconference transmission to both venues.
- The program now can also be completed online, with all required courses and many elective courses available.
- Flexible degree design that can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. Part-time students must finish within four years. Students interested in the full-time option should discuss their plan of study with an advisor/program director.
Program Level Outcomes
Graduates of the Master of Science in Molecular Medicine program will achieve seven program level outcomes that describe the skills, competencies and knowledge gained through completion of the program curriculum.
- Develop core knowledge of molecular and cellular disciplines that constitute biomedical sciences
- Develop working knowledge of normal body functions at the molecular level and how these are altered in states of disease
- Develop practical knowledge and skills that help identify gaps in the biomedical field for the development of molecular diagnostic and therapeutic tools
- Develop skills in basic, translational, or clinical research
- Develop professional ethics necessary for the responsible conduct of research
- Develop oral and written communication skills and demonstrate the ability to interact and work effectively with others
- Develop other soft skills (e.g. collaboration, problem solving, career planning, networking) that facilitate career advancement and promotion
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Molecular Medicine Program Courses
IDPT 500S Responsible Conduct of Research or MIIM 503S Biomedical Ethics
IDPT 500S Responsible Conduct – This two credit course is offered twice a year, one evening a week. It is presented using lecture, discussion and problem-based curriculum approaches, with associated required readings in texts. Some topics additionally require web-based exercises and quizzes. Graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and faculty discuss current issues of scientific integrity that all scientists encounter in their research. Solutions to hypothetical and real research challenges and ethical dilemmas are discussed and debated by trainees and faculty. Course sessions and discussions are led by a team of faculty leaders, including department head, deans and provosts. Grades are based on quizzes, class participation, web-based exercises, a term paper and a PowerPoint presentation. 2.0 Credits
MIIM 503S Biomedical Ethics – Explores the key responsible conduct of research topics that are the foundation of scientific integrity. Through reading assignments, learning modules, simulations, cases studies, role-play, and a team project, students learn about, discuss, and debate the ethical dilemmas and challenges research scientists encounter. NOTE: This online course does not fulfill requirements for participation in NIH-sponsored research. Students interested in conducting NIH-sponsored research should instead enroll in IDPT 500S Responsible Conduct of Research. 2.0 Credits
IDPT 501S Biostatistics I or MIIM 517S Applied Statistics for Biomedical Sciences
IDPT 501S Biostatistics I – Introduction to the theory of probability, frequency distribution, correlation's and regression analysis, probability, chi-square and analysis of variance, applications of statistics in the laboratory. 2.0 Credits
MIIM 517S Applied Statistics for Biomedical Sciences – An intensive introduction to statistical methods. Students learn to apply principles of statistical reasoning, underlying assumptions, and careful interpretation of results. In addition, students learn how to present statistical data within various contexts applicable to the field of biomedicine, such as laboratory research, scientific publications, bioethics, intellectual property, business decisions, entrepreneurship, and visual representation of data. Students will use statistical software to supplement learning and applications of statistics. 2.0 Credits
MIIM 540S Viruses and Viral Infections
MIIM 540S Viruses and Viral Infections – Introduces fundamental concepts in molecular virology through presentation and discussion of viruses that cause disease in humans. Students learn about important aspects of virus infection, including virus structure, replication, molecular pathogenesis, antiviral immune responses, the development of antiviral drug therapies, and the use of viruses in gene therapy. Students also learn to read and critically evaluate virology-related papers published in the primary literature. 2.0 Credits
MIIM 541S Bacteria and Bacterial Infections
MIIM 541S Bacteria and Bacterial Infections – Introduces fundamental concepts in bacteria and the infections they cause, including microorganism structure and replication, pathogenesis and treatment. 2.0 Credits
MIIM 542S Mycology and Fungal Infections
MIIM 542S Mycology and Fungal Infections – Introduces basic aspects of the biology of fungi and fungal infections, such as fungal cell structure, function, replication, pathogenesis, and their impact on humans. Antifungal agents; mode of action and molecular mechanism of resistance are also discussed. 2.0 Credits
MIIM 543S Parasitology and Parasitic Diseases
MIIM 543S Parasitology and Parasitic Diseases – Introduces basic aspects of the biology of parasites and parasitic infections, including microorganism structure, replication and pathogenesis, as well as public health and economic impact of parasitic infections. Antiparasitic drug and vaccine development are also discussed. Primary literature is also read and discussed. 2.0 Credits
MIIM 527S Immunology, Immunopathology and Infectious Diseases
MIIM 527S Immunology, Immunopathology and Infectious Diseases – Explores basic knowledge of immunity from the organism to the cellular level, with a focus on how the immune system elicits protection against invasion by pathogenic organisms, and how these same responses may be damaging to the host. 3.0 Credits
MIIM 530S Fundamentals of Molecular Medicine I
MIIM 530S Fundamentals of Molecular Medicine I – The first of a three-part course series, which provides a foundation in essential topics in biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology and genetics. Focuses on macromolecules (i.e., proteins, nucleic acids, polysaccharides and membranes) and their microenvironment within the eukaryotic cell. It is recommended that students also enroll in MIIM 534S Molecular Medicine Journal Club I for practical application of concepts learned in the analysis and interpretation of original scientific research and data. 3.0 Credits
MIIM 531S Fundamentals of Molecular Medicine II
MIIM 531S Fundamentals of Molecular Medicine II – The second of a three-part course series, which provides a foundation in essential topics in biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology and genetics. Focuses on processes that control eukaryotic cell growth and function, with emphasis on biochemical pathways and regulatory mechanisms, cell cycle, and cellular communication mechanisms. It is recommended that students also enroll in MIIM 533S Molecular Medicine Journal Club II for practical application of concepts learned in the analysis and interpretation of original scientific research and data. 2.0 Credits
MIIM 532S Fundamentals of Molecular Medicine III
MIIM 532S Fundamentals of Molecular Medicine III – The last of a three-part course series, which provides a foundation in essential topics in biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology and genetics. Focuses on normal organismal development and cancer. Includes significant independent reading of primary scientific literature and writing based on such reading. 2.0 Credits
MIIM 533S Molecular Medicine Journal Club II
MIIM 533S Molecular Medicine Journal Club II – In depth discussion of published primary scientific literature. Develop skills to analyze, interpret and represent scientific data in various topics in biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics, with emphasis on mammalian cells. Discussion topics are aligned with topics discussed in MIIM 531S Fundamentals of Molecular Medicine II. 1.0 Credit
MIIM 534S Molecular Medicine Journal Club I
MIIM 534S Molecular Medicine Journal Club I – Introduction to the journal club format of in depth discussion of published primary scientific literature. Develop skills to analyze, interpret and represent scientific data in various topics in biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics, with emphasis on mammalian cells. Discussion topics are aligned with topics discussed in MIIM 530S Fundamentals of Molecular Medicine I. 1.0 Credit
MIIM 606S Microbiology and Immunology Seminar
MIIM 606S Microbiology and Immunology Seminar – Faculty and students meet in an informal way to discuss selected subjects, hear guest lecturers or explore topics related to the biomedical sciences of interest to the group. 1.0 Credit
MIIM 660S Current Concepts in Molecular Medicine
MIIM 660S Current Concepts in Molecular Medicine – This advanced course provides topical information that builds on the comprehensive basic knowledge underlying molecular medicine, as taught in the course sequence of Fundamentals of Molecular Medicine I and II. 3.0 Credits
To complete the 36.0 credits total, students select from a menu of additional electives, and complete their required research component.
MIIM 521S Biotechniques I
MIIM 521S Biotechniques I – A review of the molecular, cellular and computational methods that underlie modern biotechnology, drug discovery and development. The focus is on experimental techniques used to manipulate nucleic acids and to research the interaction of proteins with nucleic acids. Strengths and limitations of the procedures are considered, and their suitability for either a basic or industrial research setting evaluated. Complements MIIM 522S Biotechniques II. 2.0 Credits
MIIM 522S Biotechniques II
MIIM 522S Biotechniques II – A review of current immunologically-based experimental techniques and how they are applied to many different areas of research. Provides basic information central to the concepts and techniques pertinent to the study of immunology, the analysis of immune responses, and development of vaccines. Complements MIIM 521S Biotechniques I. 2.0 Credits
MIIM 524S Vaccines and Vaccine Development
MIIM 524S Vaccines and Vaccine Development – This course will provide information pertaining to the history of vaccines, the principles of vaccine design, the concepts of induction of the immune protection, and the choice of vaccine types. Emphasis will be given to current and future methods for vaccine design, and approved tests for safety and efficacy. The concepts of prophylactic and therapeutic vaccines will be discussed. 3.0 Credits
MIIM 525S Principles of Biocontainment
MIIM 525S Principles of Biocontainment – Explore the conceptual and practical aspects of biosafety and biocontainment. Gain a greater appreciation for the risks posed by human pathogens. Learn about approaches and procedures used to minimize those risks and contain potentially harmful pathogens. Topics covered in the course include: the classification of biological hazards; collection and storage of biohazardous materials; the practicalities of working in biocontainment facilities, and design considerations for biocontainment in the laboratory and in the field. 1.0 Credit
MIIM 526S Animal Models in Biotechnology
MIIM 526S Animal Models in Biotechnology – The course will focus on the ethical and practical utilization of animal models in biomedical research, with emphasis given to their use in biomedical research. The course will discuss the history of animal research, the requirements for generating inbred animal lines, the development of transgenic models, and the utilization of disease-specific models. Emphasis will be given to experimental designs and the justification of animal models. 1.0 Credit
MIIM 555S Molec. Mech. Of Micro. Path
MIIM 555S Molec. Mech. Of Micro. Path – An advanced graduate course involving presentation and in depth discussion of recent and historical literature on the molecular and cellular mechanisms of bacterial pathogenesis. Prerequisite: a previous bacterial pathogenesis or medical microbiology course. 3.0 Credits
MIIM 613S Emerging Infectious Diseases
MIIM 613S Emerging Infectious Diseases – In depth discussion of the emergence and spread of infectious agents, including species jumping, mutation and global transport. Learn about recently emerged pathogenic agents as well as possible future outbreaks or reemergence of viral, bacterial, parasitic and novel agents. 2.0 Credits
MIIM 615S Experimental Therapeutics
MIIM 615S Experimental Therapeutics – In-depth discussion of experimental and emerging therapies for human disease, with emphasis on infectious disease. Analysis of key developments and approaches in drug design representative of experimental therapeutics is presented, with inclusion of pharmacologic, regulatory and basic science perspectives. 2.0 Credits
MIIM 621S Biotechniques and Laboratory Research I
MIIM 621S Biotechniques and Laboratory Research I – Provides hands-on research experience in the broad field of molecular medicine. Student projects will focus on basic, translational, or clinical biomedical research. Host laboratories will be chosen on the basis of their research, as well as student interests and future career goals. While emphasis will be placed on laboratories within Drexel University, research may also be completed in laboratories at other academic institutions or at sites outside of Drexel University involved in molecular medicine research. 2.0-3.0 Credits
MIIM 622S Biotechniques and Laboratory Research II
MIIM 622S Biotechniques and Laboratory Research II – Provides hands-on research experience in the broad field of molecular medicine. Student projects will focus on basic, translational, or clinical biomedical research. Host laboratories will be chosen on the basis of their research, as well as student interests and future career goals. While emphasis will be placed on laboratories within Drexel University, research may also be completed in laboratories at other academic institutions or at sites outside of Drexel University involved in molecular medicine research. 2.0-3.0 Credits
MIIM 625S Advanced Molecular Virology
MIIM 625S Advanced Molecular Virology – Provides a comprehensive overview of the molecular aspects of viral pathogenesis and viral-host interactions, using various viral families and selected viruses as models. Builds upon basic concepts introduced in MIIM 512S Molecular Pathogenesis I or MIIM 540S Viruses and Viral Infections. 3.0 Credits
MIIM 650S Research Internship in Molecular Medicine
MIIM 650S Research Internship in Molecular Medicine – Provides laboratory-based or other forms of research experience in the broad field of molecular medicine. Student projects will focus on basic, translational, or clinical biomedical research. Internship hosts will be chosen on the basis of their research, as well as student interests and future career goals. Students will also gain experience with analyzing data that they help to generate or that they gather from the literature, as well as presenting that information in written and oral formats. Internships are primarily completed within laboratories at Drexel University. Requests for off-site internships and enrollment for less than 6 credits require course director approval. 4.0-6.0 Credits
MLAS 529S Molecular Genetics
MLAS 529S Molecular Genetics – The focus of this course is to expose students to "cutting edge" molecular genetic concepts as they apply to laboratory animal science. The course provides a description of DNA structure, an overview of its replication and function in gene expression, an overview of the structure and function of nuclei & chromosomes, a sampling of tools used for genome analysis and a sampling of the basic techniques used in a molecular genetics laboratory. Various genome-sequencing projects are discussed along with the information they provide about the organization of a complex genome. 3.0 Credits
Molecular Medicine Internship
An important component of the program is an internship in an academic laboratory or within a biotechnology or pharmaceutical company. The type of internship will be determined by the particular interests of the individual student and the availability of internship positions. At the end of the research experience, students will write a report on what they did, and discuss the project with a committee of faculty members.