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MHS in Biomedical Sciences

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Program Overview

A foundation for future scientists, physicians and other health professionals

Advanced study in biomedical sciences is excellent preparation for entry into medical school, PhD programs in areas like genetics, neuroscience and immunology, and other professional programs. It also provides a strong foundation for cutting-edge careers in a range of fields, from biotech and pharmaceuticals to laboratory and academic research.

As biomedical science becomes more sophisticated, there is a growing demand for professionals who have a background in the biological sciences and experience in laboratory operations, clinical research and diagnostic testing. Our program prepares you for advanced study or career success through hands-on experience in our state-of-the-art labs, along with opportunities to be involved in research and projects across a range of health science fields that will help build your knowledge and resume. 

Graduates of the program are prepared to immediately join the workforce and pursue careers in the pharmaceutical industry or as clinical researchers for biotech companies, for example, or as analysts in hospital labs, among other settings. Students planning on medical school, a doctoral program or other advanced degree are well positioned through our program to showcase their ability to tackle complex study and sophisticated laboratory research.

Depending on your professional goals, you’ll have the option of choosing a thesis or non-thesis plan of study. For students planning to continue their studies in medical school or another health-professional school, we offer pre-med and pre-health advising to help guide you toward the best course offerings, along with guidance and insights into the medical school or professional school application process.

As the industry expands, so do the opportunities for our graduates.  

Alumni Profile

Andrew Harrison MS 18' works in Buckman Laboratory on our Mt Carmel campus

Learn from experience

Andrew Harrison, MS '18, works in the Clarice L. Buckman Center on the Mount Carmel Campus.

A bright future in disease research

Andrew Harrison, MHS ’18, received his master of health science in biomedical sciences with increased confidence in his ability to succeed as a scientist.

“Quinnipiac and, more specifically, the MHS program offered a comprehensive microbiology tract that other universities I was interested in lacked,” the Maryland native said. “Within the microbiology concentration, the core classes were aligned with my career interests as an infectious disease expert. The open electives in the program enabled me to tailor my curriculum accordingly.”

In addition to the strong reputation of the program, Harrison’s significant research in Lyme disease had led him to read many publications by Christian Eggers, an associate professor in the program.

“His work inspired me to undertake a thesis in his lab and utilize my prior research experience for post-graduate opportunities,” Harrison said.

During his time at Quinnipiac, Harrison was able to work extensively with Eggers — both as part of a pathogenic microbiology course as well as through his thesis work.

Working on his thesis under the supervision of Eggers increased his confidence in the laboratory and refined his critical thinking skills as a scientist. It also improved his ability to work independently, enabling him to design several experiments that he plans to translate to future PhD research.

He attributes his acceptance into a competitive PhD program to his work at Quinnipiac.

“Without this experience, my CV credentials would not have appeared nearly as strong as they needed to be in order for PhD consideration,” he said. “I have done several experiments that I will be able to translate to PhD research.”
Andrew Harrison, MS ’18

Although he didn’t know anyone when he arrived to the program, he is leaving with several strong relationships.

“I fully enjoyed my time at Quinnipiac and have made several lifelong friendships that will endure the test of time,” he said.

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Tiana Clemons writes on a whiteboard.

In the mix

Tiana Clemons, MHS '19, studies on our North Haven Campus, which places health sciences, nursing and medical school students in interprofessional learning situations.

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Student Profile

The path to understanding patient care

Tiana Clemons, MHS ’19, knew that in order to realize her dream in medicine, she would need to earn her master’s degree in biomedical sciences at a university with small classes and engaging professors.

Clemons’s previous work drawing blood from patients as a phlebotomist as well as interviewing and recording the life stories of dementia patients at Yale New Haven Hospital has given her a unique opportunity to better understand and prepare to work with patients.

“Patients and their families are people. If I can bring a sense of empathy and compassion to health care and medicine then I can change our health care culture one patient experience at a time,” she said. “I have learned that people will forget what you said and what you did — but they will never forget how you made them feel.”

“Quinnipiac is preparing me well for the critical thinking part of medicine,” said the Chicago native who hopes to ultimately become an orthopedic surgeon. “The graduate-focus on the North Haven Campus enables me to interact with the medical school students who have been very vocal about why they chose Quinnipiac — which has directly impacted my decision to apply to Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac.”

Program Options

Program paths tailored to your goals

Our master‘s in biomedical sciences program provides academic options designed to better prepare you for the next step in your career. We offer both a thesis and non-thesis option for students to get the most out of their time in the program. Each of these options is designed to build specific parts of your knowledge and your resume.

Thesis option


  • Students interested in building a research portfolio for advanced study programs
  • Students looking for specialized study in areas of interest

Non-thesis option


  • Students who are currently working in a lab setting
  • Students looking for the flexibility to take courses from a broad range of specialization electives such as molecular genetics, immunology, foundations of oncology or other options.

These and other elements of the program are designed to accommodate your needs as you move toward your career goals.

Alumni Profile

Driven to excel — inside and outside the classroom

Studying the sciences is not always a walk in the park. Biomedical sciences students study subject areas such as DNA, neuropharmacology, immunology and other specialties that are producing major breakthroughs globally. Our faculty and staff work with students to customize a program in these and other areas to help them explore options that fit their goals and aspirations. Students looking to excel in the sciences and who have a desire to prepare for their future will find a home within our program.

Take men’s ice hockey winger Soren Jonzzon ’16, MHS ‘17.

A member of the ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team and a finalist for the ECAC Hockey Student-Athlete of the Year award, Jonzzon was selected as captain and was a key member of the team. The Mountain View, California, native also was working toward an even larger goal — landing a spot at a leading medical school. Jonzzon was able to work closely with faculty and staff advisers to allow him to achieve his goals on the ice and in the classroom.

Soren Jonzzon reads a text book in the hockey locker room

On and off the ice

Soren Jonzzon ’16, MHS ’17, was named to the ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team and was a finalist for the ECAC Hockey Student-Athlete of the Year award.

Jonzzon was accepted to the University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine in 2016 — and continues to cheer on the Quinnipiac men’s ice hockey team while staying in touch with his former professors. He credits his master‘s degree with giving him an advantage over other students who applied to medical school with only an undergraduate degree. With his medical school education set to be completed in 2020, he hopes to enter a residency program on his way to becoming a doctor.

Faculty

Accomplished professors who teach

Our faculty members are passionate about their areas of expertise and are experts in their fields. Many have published in academic journals and serving as experts for journalists and organizations around the world.

Quinnipiac faculty focus on theory and practice. The ability to teach real-world skill backed with understanding of the subject area makes our faculty standout. We provide a classroom experience that combines fundamental understanding with hands-on learning opportunities.

Program Chair
Dwayne W. Boucaud
Professor of Biomedical Sciences
Dwayne.Boucaud@quinnipiac.edu

Curriculum and Requirements

MHS in Biomedical Sciences
Program of Study

Students may choose either a thesis or a non-thesis option in the Biomedical Sciences program. Both options require students to take four courses or more in their specialization while allowing students to choose a number of electives to meet their individual needs.

Thesis Option Requirements (based on availability of faculty)

The curriculum includes a minimum of 35 credits including 8 credits of thesis (BMS 650, BMS 651). A total of 15–16 credits of core classes in an area of specialization is required along with three classes (9–12 credits) of electives within the specific area of specialization. Open elective courses could be chosen from any area of specialization.

BMS 650Thesis I4
BMS 651Thesis II4
Core courses in area of specialization 115-16
Three areas of specialization electives 19-12
Open electives0-3
Total Credits35-38
1

Since most courses are either 3 or 4 credits, the total credits from area of specialization and total number of elective courses are based on the number of credits for individual courses.

Non-Thesis Option Requirements

The curriculum includes a minimum of 38 credits including 2 credits of comprehensive examination (BMS 670). A total of 15–16 credits of core classes in an area of specialization is required along with three elective classes (9–12 credits) within the specific area of specialization. Open elective courses could be chosen from any area of specialization.

Comprehensive Exam2
Core courses in area of specialization 115-16
Three areas of specialization electives 19-12
Open electives 19-12
Total Credits38-41
1

Since most courses are either 3 or 4 credits, the total credits from area of specialization and total number of elective courses are based on the number of credits for individual courses.

Comprehensive Examination

The comprehensive examination in medical laboratory sciences (2 credits) is a requirement for the non-thesis option in the Biomedical Sciences program. The purpose of the exam is two-fold. First, the student must demonstrate broad and specific knowledge expected of someone holding a master’s degree. Second, the student must be able to integrate knowledge obtained from individual courses into unified concepts which link the student’s own specialization to other fields of study. The student is given two opportunities to demonstrate competency. A written essay exam is administered by a designated faculty member. Students should schedule an appointment with the program director before registering for the comprehensive exam.

Areas of Specialization

Medical Sciences

Core Courses
BMS 502Research Methods4
BMS 518Pathophysiology3
BMS 522
& 522L
Immunology
and Immunology Lab
4
BMS 532Histology4
Specialization Electives
BIO 515Advanced Biochemistry4
BIO 568Molecular and Cell Biology4
BIO 571Molecular Genetics4
BIO 605DNA Methods Laboratory4
BIO 606Protein Methods Laboratory4
BMS 508Advanced Biology of Aging3
BMS 520Neuropharmacology3
BMS 521Advances in Hematology3
BMS 522Immunology3
BMS 527Pharmacology3
BMS 532Histology4
BMS 535Histochemistry3
BMS 536Endocrinology3
BMS 552Toxicology3
BMS 561Immunohematology3
BMS 562Blood Coagulation and Hemostasis3
BMS 563Anemias3
BMS 564Fundamentals of Oncology4
BMS 565Leukemia3
BMS 576Drug Discovery and Development3
BMS 578Cellular Basis of Neurobiological Disorders3
BMS 579Molecular Pathology3
BMS 583Forensic Pathology3
BMS 591The New Genetics and Human Future3
BMS 598Synaptic Organization of the Brain3
BMS 599Biomarkers3
PA 515Human Physiology4

Microbiology

Core Courses
BMS 502Research Methods4
BMS 522
& 522L
Immunology
and Immunology Lab
4
BMS 570Virology4
BMS 572Pathogenic Microbiology4
Specialization Electives
BIO 568Molecular and Cell Biology4
BIO 571Molecular Genetics4
BIO 605DNA Methods Laboratory4
BIO 606Protein Methods Laboratory4
BMS 525Vaccines and Vaccine Preventable Diseases3
BMS 526Epidemiology3
BMS 528Advanced Clinical Parasitology4
BMS 569Antimicrobial Therapy3
BMS 573Mycology3
BMS 575Food Microbiology4
BMS 576Drug Discovery and Development3
BMS 579Molecular Pathology3
BMS 584Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases3
BMS 585Outbreak Control3
BMS 595Transplantation Immunology3

Graduate Science Electives

Open Electives
BIO 505Writing and Science3
BIO 515Advanced Biochemistry4
BIO 568Molecular and Cell Biology4
BIO 571Molecular Genetics4
BIO 605DNA Methods Laboratory4
BIO 606Protein Methods Laboratory4
BMS 508Advanced Biology of Aging3
BMS 510Biostatistics3
BMS 511Writing for Scientists3
BMS 517Human Embryology3
BMS 518Pathophysiology3
BMS 520Neuropharmacology3
BMS 521Advances in Hematology3
BMS 525Vaccines and Vaccine Preventable Diseases3
BMS 526Epidemiology3
BMS 527Pharmacology3
BMS 528Advanced Clinical Parasitology4
BMS 532Histology4
BMS 535Histochemistry3
BMS 552Toxicology3
BMS 561Immunohematology3
BMS 562Blood Coagulation and Hemostasis3
BMS 563Anemias3
BMS 564Fundamentals of Oncology4
BMS 565Leukemia3
BMS 569Antimicrobial Therapy3
BMS 570Virology4
BMS 572Pathogenic Microbiology4
BMS 573Mycology3
BMS 575Food Microbiology4
BMS 576Drug Discovery and Development3
BMS 578Cellular Basis of Neurobiological Disorders3
BMS 579Molecular Pathology3
BMS 583Forensic Pathology3
BMS 584Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases3
BMS 585Outbreak Control3
BMS 591The New Genetics and Human Future3
BMS 595Transplantation Immunology3
BMS 598Synaptic Organization of the Brain3
BMS 599Biomarkers3
BMS 688Independent Study2
BMS 689Independent Study2
PA 515Human Physiology4
PA 535Disease Mechanisms4

Contact Us

If you are considering one of Quinnipiac‘s outstanding graduate programs, you‘re on your way to joining a graduate community committed to academic excellence and professional preparation at the highest level.

Please reach out to us with questions about the application process.

Phone: 203-582-8672 or 800-462-1944
Email: graduate@qu.edu
Fax: 203-582-3443

Mail: Quinnipiac University
Office of Graduate Admissions, NH-GRD
275 Mount Carmel Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518-1940