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2021-2022 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog

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Master of Health Sciences in Biomedical Sciences

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Website: gvsu.edu/grad/biomed

Grand Valley's Master of Health Science (M.H.S.) in biomedical sciences provides graduate-level coursework and training for career advancement beyond that provided by a bachelor's degree.

General Studies (Non-Thesis)

The general M.H.S. degree is for students who want to further their knowledge in biomedical sciences and prepare for professional schools in healthcare. This program may also address the needs of students pursuing non-research careers.

Research (Thesis)

The research concentration is for students who want additional knowledge and experience before applying to doctoral programs or pursuing careers involving biomedical-related research. This option may also be chosen by students who want additional preparation for professional schools. Performance of original research and completion of a thesis is required.

Combined Degree

The BMS department also offers a combined B.S. and M.H.S. degree that can be completed in five years. The combined degree is limited to the research concentration for the M.H.S.

Admission

  • GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from all undergraduate courses
  • Three recommendations
  • Completion of undergraduate courses in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, and statistics
  • Coursework in chemistry is highly recommended
  • Application questionnaire

1. Requirements for General Studies Emphasis

Students must complete a minimum of 33 semester hour credits, including the biomedical sciences graduate core.

Core Courses (16 credits)

Additional Required Classes (3 credits)

Electives (At least 14 credits)

Courses to fulfill the elective credits are selected with guidance from the graduate program director. Graduate courses both within and outside of biomedical sciences can be selected if deemed appropriate and aligned with the student's career goals.

Integrative Written Exam

Successful completion of an integrative written examination after completion of 18 credits including all core courses. Students who fail any part of the examination may take another examination within 12 months of the original effort.

2. Requirements for Research Emphasis

Students must complete a minimum of 33 semester hour credits, including the biomedical sciences graduate core and formal thesis.

Core Courses (16 credits)

Additional Required Classes (10 credits)

Electives (At least 7 credits)

Courses to fulfill the elective credits are selected with guidance from the graduate program director. Graduate courses both within and outside of biomedical sciences can be selected if deemed appropriate and aligned with the student's career goals.

3. Electives

Courses to fulfill the elective credits are selected with guidance from the graduate program director. Graduate courses both within and outside of biomedical sciences can be selected if deemed appropriate and aligned with the student's career goals. Common elective with BMS include:

Biomedical Sciences Program Description

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