Bioscience and Health Policy Coursework

Program Requirements

The Bioscience and Health Policy degree requires a minimum of 39 credit hours, not including the internship

RECOMMENDED BACKGROUND

Applicants for the Professional Master’s in Bioscience and Health Policy must have:

  • B.S. or B.A. degree in a biology or related science field with a strong background in biology
  • Completed course work in biology, chemistry, calculus, and statistics
  • Scores from the general Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

  • Good critical thinking and communication skills

  • Completed course work in introductory economics is preferred

REQUIRED SCIENCE CORE COURSES

Four Bioscience Classes: The Bioscience courses give in-depth instruction in specialized areas of Bioscience.

Four courses 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.)

BIOS 523 CONSERVATION BIOLOGY

BIOS 524 MICROBIOLOGY & BIOTECHNOLOGY 2

BIOS 525 PLANT MOLECULAR GENETICS AND DEVELOPMENT

BIOS 532 ECOLOGY

BIOS 543 DEVELOPMENTAL NEUROBIOLOGY

BIOS 547 EXPERIMENTAL BIOLOGY AND THE FUTURE OF MEDICINE

BIOS 549 ADVANCED CELL AND MOLECULAR NEUROSCIENCE

BIOS 520 MOLECULAR BASIS OF DISEASES

BIOS 550 VIRUSES AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES

BIOS 560 CANCER BIOLOGY

BIOS 570 COMPUTATION WITH BIOLOGICAL DATA

BIOS 572 IMMUNOLOGY

BIOC 585 FUNDAMENTALS OF CELLULAR AND MOLECULAR NEUROSCIENCE

(Other Science Course options accepted as marked * in electives below)

Cohort Courses:

NSCI 501 PROFESSIONAL MASTER'S SEMINAR (1 credit hour)

NSCI 501 PROFESSIONAL MASTER'S SEMINAR (1 credit hour)

NSCI 511 SCIENCE POLICY, AND ETHICS

NSCI 512 PROFESSIONAL MASTER'S PROJECT (1 credit hour)

NSCI 610 / ENGI 610 MANAGEMENT FOR SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING

Four Statistics, Economics, and Policy Courses:

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 – One Course related to Statistics / Data Analytics (3 credit hours)

BIOE 552 INTRO COMPUTATIONAL SYSTEMS BIOLOGY: MODELING & DESIGN PRINCIPLES OF BIOCHEM NETWORKS

ESCI 654 GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SCIENCE

STAT 305 INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS FOR BIOSCIENCES

STAT 385 METHODS OF DATA ANALYSIS AND SYSTEM OPTIMIZATION

STAT 553 BIOSTATISTICS

STAT 605 R FOR DATA SCIENCE

B - One Economics/Finance Course (3 credit hours)

ECON 450 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

MGMT 631 HEALTH INSURANCE IN THE U.S.: THE ESSENTIALS

MGMT 678 U.S. HEALTH CARE MANAGEMENT

MGMT 690 HEALTH CARE STRATEGY

MGMT 693 CREATING THE DATA DRIVEN BUSINESS

MGMT 751 ECONOMICS OF HEALTH CARE SECTORS

PH 3910* INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH ECONOMICS

C - Two Policy Courses (6 credit hours)

ANTH 581 MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY

ANTH 643 ANTHROPOLOGY OF RACE, ETHNICITY AND HEALTH

HEAL 580 DISPARITIES IN HEALTH IN AMERICA

MGMT 631 HEALTH INSURANCE IN THE U.S.: THE ESSENTIALS

MGMT 690 HEALTHCARE STRATEGY

MGMT 691 BREAKTHROUGH NEGOTIATIONS IN A HEALTH CARE CONTEXT

MGMT 694 INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION IN HEALTHCARE

NSCI 530 THE SHAPING OF HEALTH POLICY

SOPA 340/540 INTRO TO PANDEMIC RESPONSE

SOCI 525 POPULATION HEALTH SEMINAR

A 3 - 6 months internship: Practical experience is offered via a 3 - 6 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.

Two Elective Courses (6 CREDIT HOURS): 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:

ENGI 515 LEADING TEAMS AND INNOVATION

ENGI 529 ETHICS AND ENGINEERING LEADERSHIP

ENGI 614 LEARNING HOW TO INNOVATE

ENGI 615 LEADERSHIP COACHING FOR ENGINEERS

HEAL 507 EPIDEMIOLOGY

HEAL 560 PLANNING AND EVALUATION OF HEALTH PROMOTION AND EDUCATION

MGMT 623 COMMERCIALIZATION IN PHARMA/BIOTECH

MGMT 633 / BIOE 633 LIFE SCIENCE ENTREPRENEURSHIP & ROLES OF FOUNDERS & VENTURE CAPITAL IN HIGH-TECH STARTUPS

MGMT 712 PROCESS MANAGEMENT AND QUALITY IMPROVEMENT

MGMT 721 BUSINESS LAW

MGMT 744 SERVICES OPERATIONS

MGMT 778 CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE MANAGEMENT

MGMT 793 CREATING THE DATA DRIVEN BUSINESS

MGMT 799 HEALTHCARE INNOVATIO AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP

PHIL 536 TOPICS IN MEDICAL ETHICS

GS 120254* Cell and Systems Physiology

GS 120043* Principles of Pathology

NOTE: Each of these courses is not offered every year, and some courses may have pre-requisites or require instructor permission. Also make sure that you have 30 credit hours of the course work are 500-level and above courses.

Most MGMT Courses are 1.5 Credit Hours

*NOTE: Students can choose up to two electives from the UT Graduate School of Biomedical Science (GS), Informatics (HI), and/or Health Science Center (PH). NOTE: DO NOT TAKE THESE COURSES IN YOUR LAST SEMESTER

PH 3910 is a course offered at the UTHealth School of Public Health and available to Rice students as part of an existing inter-institutional agreement between our two institutions. Once received as approved transfer credit,

PH3910 is eligible to be approved to meet the 3 credit hour requirement for Group B, Finance and Economics. Students are not permitted to take this inter-institutional course in their last semester at Rice.

The General Announcements (GA) is the official Rice curriculum. In the event that there is a discrepancy between the GA and any other websites or publications, the GA shall prevail as the authoritative source.

Visit the GA for the Bioscience and Health Policy coursework here

* Students can choose up to two electives from UT Graduate School of Biomedical Science (GS), Informatics (HI) and/or Health Science Center (PH)

Students who are enrolled in the Bioscience and Health Policy track can take advantage of the Inter-Institutional Graduate Program Agreement