Rice University offered this degree for the first time in 2011. This degree is geared to train students in bioscience and health policy with the intent of creating new options for science students interested in working in health care management, for the government, or in governmental relations positions at non-profit organizations, industry, and academic institutions. As an interdisciplinary program it aims to equip students with advanced bioscience skills; to teach quantitative skills and data analysis; to equip students with communication and research skills to conduct independent studies enabling them to understand, and formulate public policy recommendations; and to train students how to integrate their science knowledge into creating better policies and practices.
This degree is one of five degrees in the professional master’s program at Rice housed in the Wiess School of Natural Sciences. These master’s degrees are designed for students seeking to gain further scientific core expertise coupled with enhanced management and communication skills. These degrees instill a level of scholastic proficiency that exceeds that of the bachelor’s level, and they create the cross-functional aptitudes needed in modern industry and government. This program will give students an advanced background in science complemented by courses in business, economics, humanities, and policy studies to foster their understanding of the role of science in policy making and the role of public policy in science. Their coursework will provide them with research and study skills enabling them to develop specific policy recommendations, and they will also receive the tool-set to become knowledgeable in the formulation and execution of public policy. Their direct access to the Baker Institute will allow them to work closely with policy scholars as well as meet with many of the leaders in science and technology policy.
Students receiving the MS in Bioscience and Health Policy degree will be able to enter into governmental positions, work in non-governmental agencies, medical and pharmaceutical companies, and serve as governmental relations officers for companies or universities with a vested science interest.
A coordinated MBA/MSBHP degree is offered in conjunction with the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business.
Students must complete a total of 12 courses (33 credit hours) as listed below to satisfy the MSBHP degree program's Core Requirements.
Students must complete a total of 4 courses (12 credit hours) from the following. These courses give in-depth instruction in specialized areas of Bioscience and are required to obtain a broad understanding of diverse areas of cutting edge Bioscience research. *Courses marked with asterisks are offered as 300-level courses that will include graduate level writing and analysis to qualify as a 500-level graduate course.
Other Science Course options accepted as marked * in electives below
Students must complete the following 4 courses (9 credit hours):
Analytical Competency Requirement
The analytical competency requirement provides career-enhancing, marketable skills in policy analysis, economics and statistics. Students will take courses from groups A, B and C as indicated below:
A– Statistics or Data Analytics
Students must complete 1 course (3-4 credit hours) from the following:
B–Finance or Economics
Students must complete 1 course (3 credit hours) from the following:
Students must complete 2 courses (minimum of 6 credit hours) from the following:
THREE TO SIX MONTH INTERNSHIP
Practical experience is offered via a three to six month work immersion. The internship will be under the guidance of a host company, government agency, or non-profit organization. A summary of the internship project is required in both oral and written form as part of the Professional Master's Seminar.
To fulfill the remaining MSBHP degree program requirements, students must complete a total of 2 additional courses (6 credit hours) from the following. The electives reflect individual academic interests and career goals. Any course from the above list of Bioscience courses can be taken as an elective, provided it was not taken as a required course. In addition, the following classes qualify as elective classes:
*There are other courses that may satisfy the Two Elective Courses requirement. For example, Students can choose up to two electives from UT Graduate School of Biomedical Science (GS), Informatics (HI) and/or Health Science Center (PH). See department for more details.
Note: Some of the listed courses are not offered every year, and some may also have prerequisites or require instructor permission. If student needs to take more than two 300/400 courses as part of the degree program, permission of advising faculty is required.
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