Translational Life Sciences - PCOM Biomedical Sciences Program
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Translational Life Sciences

MS in Biomedical Sciences

  • Prepare for careers in biotechnology and the life sciences
  • Additional coursework in business and entrepreneurship
  • Entirely virtual - mix of live and asynchronous courses
  • Includes Quality Science Education (QSE) coursework plus certificate
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Translational Life Sciences 
MS in Biomedical Sciences

Prepare for a career in biotechnology and learn how to connect research to real-world applications in healthcare and medicine. The Translational Life Sciences Concentration, offered in collaboration with the Wistar Institute, will help you develop the critical thinking skills needed to make scientifically sound, quality-based decisions that directly benefit patients and improve healthcare outcomes.

Gain exposure to practical business skills including entrepreneurship and intellectual property by developing a business plan and giving a sales pitch to actual investors.

The Translational Life Sciences Concentration incorporates Quality Science Education (QSE) micro credential coursework which provides the following benefits at no additional cost:

  • Resume help
  • Mentorship program
  • Exclusive hiring platform access
  • Live career day sessions

Students who earn the MS in Biomedical Sciences with the Translational Life Sciences Concentration may pursue positions in:

  • Medical technology/biotechnology
  • Biomedical research and development
  • Pharmaceuticals (technician, sales rep, etc.)
  • Quality assurance
  • Regulatory affairs
  • Venture capital and investing

Upon completion of the Translational Life Sciences Concentration, the student will be able to:

  • identify risks and design process controls to reduce risk to product quality.
  • determine the correct classification of medical devices in order to design an appropriate development strategy.
  • identify primary and secondary clinical trial targets to demonstrate product safety and efficacy.
  • describe the medical device and pharmaceutical Quality Systems, and how those systems enable organizations to consistently produce products that are of the purported quality and safety, and meet user needs.
  • describe what needs to be studied and demonstrated during medical device and drug product development.
  • determine effective ways to monitor and predict product process performance.
  • demonstrate practical use of risk management tool.

After completing foundation year coursework, students may progress to the second-year degree concentration. The Translational Life Sciences Concentration second-year curriculum is offered entirely online and includes a total of eight courses (three QSE courses plus five classes offered through PCOM and the Wistar Institute). Terms, sequences, courses and credit hours are subject to change at any time without notice.

  • Global Regulatory and Legal Requirements of Quality
  • Vaccines and Immune Therapies
  • Product Development and Validation
  • Life Science Innovation I
  • Business for the Life Sciences
  • Risk and Failure Analysis
  • Bioinformatics
  • Life Science Innovation II

Interested in learning more about the Translational Life Sciences Concentration? Please contact:

Brian DeHaven, PhD
Chief Program Director, Biomedical Sciences